Today in Berlin at TechEd Europe Microsoft vice president Brad Anderson announced that the Release Candidate of Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 is now available for download and we are on track to release to manufacturing by the end of 2010! Built on System Center Configuration Manager R2 and R3, FEP gives customers the ability to manage and secure their systems on the exact same infrastructure – converging the disciplines of client security and management.
With FEP, desktop antimalware is no longer a discrete set of tools and processes – it is an extension of your existing Configuration Manager deployment, making your endpoint protection:
In addition to our infrastructure and detection updates, FEP includes some great new features like:
We encourage you to take a look at the new RC – and if you happen to be at TechEd EMEA, make sure to stop by our booth!
Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of AVICode, Inc., a market leader in application performance monitoring and diagnostics of .NET applications and services. AVIcode will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft and the technology acquired will be rolled into the System Center family of products over time.
As more customers move to cloud-based services, they face additional management complexities. This acquisition represents further Microsoft investment in providing customers with unified management for physical, virtualized and cloud applications, whether they are running in a customer, service provider or Microsoft datacenter. By integrating AVIcode’s product capabilities with System Center, Microsoft will help customers ensure the availability and performance of business-critical applications and services, no matter where they are deployed.
Integration of AVIcode technologies with System Center Operations Manager will help customers close the “management gap” between existing, on-premises applications and those delivered via the cloud, providing a comprehensive view of application performance, end user experience and the ability to respond more quickly to business needs.
Today, customers can immediately benefit from AVIcode capabilities including:
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division, provides more information about this acquisition on the System Center Nexus blog here, and in a recorded video Q&A here.
This month, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 beat out IBM and RSA for Information Security Magazine’s 5th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, taking first place for the Identity and Access Management category. Readers gave it solid marks across the board, particularly for ease of use, integration with associated products and comprehensive and flexible reports. You may already be aware that Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 – the successor to Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 – is available now and dramatically simplifies enterprise identity management through end-user self service capabilities and IT administrator tools to automate tasks. To see what the buzz is all about, evaluate FIM today.
Today the team delivered the anticipated Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) public beta to customers. The successor of Forefront Client Security is built on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, allowing customers to use their existing client management infrastructure to deploy and manage endpoint protection.
The end result? Customers will save capital costs on roll-out and also reduce training costs because administrators won't have to learn yet another management user interface.
FEP supports Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and all subsequent versions of the Windows client and server operating systems. Other new features include:
If you are using System Center currently, you can download the SCCM 2007 R2 trial to understand the features and functionality that it provides to administrators for FEP trial purposes.
We will announce pricing and licensing at a later date and the final product is on track to be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Download the Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 beta here and let us know what you think. Need more information? Check out the Microsoft Forefront homepage and watch the TechNet Edge video below.
Released last December, TMG is the next generation of Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006. It is a secure web gateway that allows employees to safely and productively use the Internet without worrying about malware and other threats. TMG provides multiple layers of continuously updated protections against the latest Web-based threats, including URL filtering, antimalware inspection, and intrusion prevention. Enhancements in TMG Service Pack 1 (Available for download here):
Improved reporting features
Enhancements to URL filtering
Enhanced branch office support
Support for publishing SharePoint 2010