Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

Hello guys,

Security Compliance Manager 2 (SCM 2) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerator team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your desktops, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy and System Center Configuration Manager.

SCM 2 provides ready to deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported. These baselines are based on Microsoft Security guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats.
Easily configure computers running the latest Windows® operating systems, Microsoft® Office applications, and Windows Internet Explorer® with industry leading knowledge and fully supported tools.

Take advantage of SCM to import the configuration of a “golden master” reference machine or existing Group Policy. Compare your standards to industry best practices, customize them using rich knowledge, and seamlessly create new policies and DCM configuration packs in the user-friendly UI designed to work with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

Read more about SCM version 2 here.

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) – Getting Started

Installation Steps

This section provides instructions on how to install the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool. While installing the tool, you can configure it to download all of the latest security baselines from Microsoft, or after completing the installation you can access the Tools menu to check for baselines.

Note The download process for SCM automatically installs SQL Server 2008 Express Edition on your computer if you do not already have this software. Continue reading “Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) – Getting Started”