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  • Blog Post: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Update Rollup 1

    By Adwait Joshi Hello, An Update Rollup for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is now available here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=223229 . In addition to hotfixes, this Update also includes some important changes to note: Support for Windows Embedded 7 platforms : With this...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Endpoint Protection information on the TechNet Wiki!

    Hello, We've been busily working at adding information about Forefront Endpoint Protection to the TechNet Wiki. We're hoping you find the information useful, and we encourage you to add to it - add troubleshooting tips, use cases, scenarios, etc... Happy Wiki-ing! http://social.technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: FEP Capacity Planning Worksheet

    Greetings! Attached to this blog post is the FEP Datawarehouse Space Capacity Planning worksheet. You can use this worksheet to help estimate the amount of disk space needed based on the following values: Number of client computers in your FEP 2010 deployment The number of days to retain...
  • Blog Post: Limited FEP Administrators….

    One of our support engineers, Jeramy Skidmore, has posted a fantastic article on how to provision a limited FEP Administrator in the Configuration Manager console. He walks you through the process of provisioning the new FEP Administrator, installing the Configuration Manager console and then the FEP...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Workbooks

    Hello! A while back we posted a reporting workbook for the Forefront Endpoint Protection Security Management Pack. This workbook allows you to connect to your FEP Security Management Pack database and create custom reports based on the data contained within the database. We have a new addition...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 – Customized reports

    In the previous posts, we’ve described the FEP monitoring experience using FEP dashboard , reports and alerts . However, daily security routines often include some more “advanced” scenarios of security investigation. When looking at malware activity, an administrator may want to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SpyNet?

    So have you ever wondered what the Microsoft SpyNet opt in page is really all about? Microsoft SpyNet is a cloud service that allows the FEP or MSE client on your computer to report information about programs that exhibit suspicious behavior to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) researchers...
  • Blog Post: Definition updates: scan on update and update on startup

    Hi folks, There have been some questions about these two areas of definition updates, so I wanted to clarify this a bit. Whenever FEP does a definition update, a silent rescan of all running processes and loaded modules is performed. If there is malware running that is now detected by the new definitions...
  • Blog Post: How to move the FEP Databases and the CM Site Database

    by Jeramy Skidmore You can move the Configuration Manager site database and associated Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) databases after setup has completed to a different SQL Server computer system by: Backing up the FEP data warehouse (FEPDW_<s itecode >) Backing up the Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Policy Management with Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010

      FEP Overview FEP 2010 is implemented as both an extension to System Center Configuration Manager and as a management pack for System Center Operations Manager, which provide enterprise management experience, and a common client (agent) that provides protection on managed machines. That means that...
  • Blog Post: FEP 2010 Support for the Datacenter

    Hello Administrators, Today we announce Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 release candidate (RC) to the public. For us, the FEP team, it is an exciting date which takes us closer to the Release to Manufacture date. For every product team in MS the RTM date marks the ends of a very...
  • Blog Post: Changing the FEP2010 Reporting Account

    The FEP2010 Reporting account is defined during the FEP server setup, with the installation of the Reporting role to be exact. The account is used by SQL Reporting Services (SRS) to access the FEP data source used by reporting. Incorrect credentials may result in an error as below or similar: This post...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010

    Hello! We’re proud today with this significant milestone to both Microsoft and you, our customers, in the mission we undertook of converging client management and security, providing effective endpoint protection across all market segments, consumer through enterprise. Shipping FEP 2010 and...
  • Blog Post: FEP 2010 - Deploying Client KB981889 Ahead of Time

    FEP 2010 clients require the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) rollup package KB981889 on Windows Vista, 2008, 2008 R2, and Windows 7 – and installation of this package requires a client reboot. One of our support engineers, Jeramy, recently needed to assist a customer in getting the rollup distributed...
  • Blog Post: Using the SMSMap tool to document FEP components in your ConfigMgr hierarchy

    From Jeff Tondt Visio is one of the most popular tools for creating diagrams that describe effective systems and processes. In every project in which I participate, when it comes to documenting what you did I always have to create a diagram where I defined architecture, server configuration, network...
  • Blog Post: FEP, MSE and FCS - and Windows 7 SP1

    Hello folks! Did you know that Windows 7 SP1 is available for download ? Windows 7 SP1 brings some great features to the platform, and everyone's pretty excited about it. We want to make absolutely clear that Windows 7 SP1 is supported by the following endpoint security products: FCS with...
  • Blog Post: WSUS administration best practices recommended to ease Forefront Endpoint Protection (and Client Security) deployment (en-US)

    Here’s a cool article I found while going through what was new over on our community-driven TechNet Wiki . This one discusses some best practices for WSUS that should ease Microsoft  Forefront Endpoint Protection and Client Security deployments. And as with all of the Wiki articles, if you have...
  • Blog Post: Using the MscSupport tool to collect data for troubleshooting

    The MscSupport tool is a tool designed to collect support data to troubleshoot Forefront Endpoint Protection. You can download the tool from the Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Tools download page ( http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=04f7d456-24a2-4061-a2ed-82fe93a03fd5 )...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 – Security alerts

    In previous posts, I’ve described the monitoring experience in Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) Release Candidate. Those descriptions includes the FEP dashboard as well as built-in reports . In real life, however, no one expects an administrator to stare at the dashboard and wait for something...
  • Blog Post: FEP data collection job fails periodically

    We wanted to update you about an issue with FEP that you may have seen in your organization. This is a known issue, and we’ll keep you up to date with developments. Symptoms: Periodically, the FEP data collection job (FEP_GetNewData_FEPDW_ xyz ) fails. When the job fails, the FEP Health Management Pack...
  • Blog Post: Using a script to automate UNC definition updates

    The FEP 2010 client has the ability to use a UNC share to host updates for the antimalware definitions. A common question from our TAP community is how to setup the UNC share, and how do I keep the share updated - this article focuses on one method for keeping the UNC share up-to-date. Microsoft release...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 - FEP operational reports

    In an earlier post we mentioned the integration of FEP with Configuration Manager and described the FEP dashboard, which is an extension to the Configuration Manager console. Another aspect of this integration is the FEP troubleshooting reports, which make usage of Configuration Manager reporting framework...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010: FEP Reports may not display properly

    From Angela Latimer, CSS If you are using Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010, you may have tried running one of the three default FEP reports and noticed that not all areas or sub-reports display properly. You may see an error in processing the reporting data or retrieving the data, similar...