Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps

Microsoft is announcing changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions made available under the Forefront brand.

  1. As part of this effort, the next release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which has long been part of the Office 365 solution, will be named Exchange Online Protection.
  2. In response to customer demand, we are adding basic antimalware protection to Exchange Server 2013.  This protection can be easily turned off, replaced, or paired with other services (like Exchange Online Protection) to provide a layered defense.
  3. We are discontinuing any further releases of the following Forefront-branded solutions: Continue reading “Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps”

Key Improvements in Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2

Microsoft is pleased to announce that Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 will be released in the first half of 2012. Following the successful release of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 last year, the R2 release will include key improvements in the areas of credential management, reporting, ease of use, and additional third party product and language support. Specifically, the areas of enhancement will include: Credential Management· Web based password resetReporting· Historical reporting for managed resources· System Center Service Manager data warehouse integrationEase of Use· Enhanced initial load performance· Improved diagnostics· Enhanced load and scale performanceAdditional Support· Support for Office Outlook 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010· New Extensible Connectivity Management Agent Framework for MA development

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Update Rollup 1 :more info

Hi guys,

An Update Rollup for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is now available here.

In addition to hotfixes, this Update also includes some important changes to note:

  1. Support for Windows Embedded 7 platforms:  With this update, the FEP client software is supported on certain Windows Embedded 7 platforms and Windows Server 2008 Server Core.  For more information about the additional support, see Prerequisites for Deploying Forefront Endpoint
    Protection on a Client Computer
  2. Signature Update Automation Tool used with Configuration Manager Software
    :  This tool automates downloading FEP definition updates using Configuration Manager 2007 Software Updates.  This is a command line tool that uses Configuration Manager APIs to get new definitions from Microsoft Update via the Configuration Manager software update feature, distribute the content to distribution points, and deploy the updates to Endpoint Protection clients on a recurring schedule.  The automation of the tool is done through the Windows task scheduler. To download the tool:  Go here.
  3. Two new preconfigured policy templates for the following server

a.  Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway

b.  Microsoft Lync 2010

You can find more details in the “What’s New” document on the TechNet site.  Please check out this KB article for a full list of fixes included in this Update Rollup.

Automatically Deploying Forefront Endpoint Protection Updates through SCCM

While Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) is integrating with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (ConfigMan) for management and monitoring, out of the box there is no preferred method for pushing updates using SSCM’s Advertisements.

Out of the box, FEP supports 5 methods of getting updates: Continue reading “Automatically Deploying Forefront Endpoint Protection Updates through SCCM”

ForeFront Endpoint Protection – Manage your FPE client with GPO

If you are planning or have already deployed ForeFront Endpoint Protection, this may interest you.

As you know FPE is designed to be managed throught System Center Configuration Manager BUT… you may not have SCCM deployed or need more granularity. Continue reading “ForeFront Endpoint Protection – Manage your FPE client with GPO”

beta exam 70-162 TS: ForeFront Protection for Endpoints and Applications, Configuring

Hi guys,

Just got the  email for registering for the beta exam 71-162 TS: Protection for Endpoints and Applications, Configuring.

Read here below the skills measured. When I have additional study material i’ll post it.

Continue reading “beta exam 70-162 TS: ForeFront Protection for Endpoints and Applications, Configuring”

File size Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Client Definitions

The answer is it depends, this information is from a icrosoft presentation and the information may change without further notice.

Microsoft reset the definition updates through a process they call ‘re-base’ – currently once a month as part of the engine release
Today there are 4 types of packages which can be used to update FEP clients Continue reading “File size Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Client Definitions”

KB articles for week 42 2010

Hi guys,

here’s the weekly overview from the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles: Continue reading “KB articles for week 42 2010”