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Announcing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta!

Announcing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta!

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Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 beta is here!  We are extremely excited to announce the availability of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta.  Customers can download the Beta software immediately here. You can also download the pre-requisite System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 here

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 continues to deliver on the promise of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, simplifying and improving endpoint protection while also greatly reducing infrastructure costs. It builds on System Center Configuration Manager 2012, allowing customers to implement endpoint protection as part of a unified infrastructure for securing and managing physical, virtual, and mobile client environments. This shared infrastructure lowers ownership costs while providing improved visibility and control over endpoint management and security.   

  • What’s new in FEP 2012:
    • Support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012
    • Improved real time alerts and reports
    • Role-based management
    • User-centric reports (post beta)
    • Easy migration from FEP 2010/ConfigMgr 2007
    • Support for FEP 2010 client agents 

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 continues to provide proactive protection against known and unknown threats using multiple technologies in the antimalware engine like behavior monitoring, network inspection system and heuristics.  With cloud based updates through the spynet service, endpoints get updated protection against new threats in real time.  See the benefits of enabling Dynamic Signature Service in FEP here

You can find more product details on our Website or TechCenter. And for more information about convergence of management and security, please visit our new Windows Optimized Desktop page.

You can now evaluate Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 beta and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 beta with a community of early adopters.  Join the Community Evaluation Program for System Center Configuration Manager and evaluate the products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.

We hope you will evaluate the early version and give us your feedback!

Forefront Endpoint Protection team


  • What about better deployment of definition updates using remote distribution points?

  • Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for your question. The answer is yes, via WSUS/SUM and the auto-approval feature of CM 2012.

  • What about small businesses? Running SBS 2011 or SBSE 2011? That don't need or can't run configuration manager? Any consideration for the millions of small businesses in this situation that want to run FEP ?

  • Hi Tod,

    Thanks for your question. At this time, SBS is not supported.

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