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Now Available – Antigen and Forefront server security service packs!

Now Available – Antigen and Forefront server security service packs!

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Microsoft announced today the release of four service packs from the Antigen and Forefront product families that provide leading protection for customer’s Exchange and SharePoint environments.

·         Forefront Security for Exchange Server

o    Download Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 2

o    Description of Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 2

 

·         Forefront Security for SharePoint

o    Download Forefront Security for SharePoint with Service Pack 3

o    Description of Forefront Security for SharePoint Service Pack 3

 

·         Antigen 9.0

o    Download Antigen for Exchange with Antigen Spam Manager 9.0 with Service Pack 2

o    Download Antigen for SMTP Gateways with Antigen Spam Manager 9.0 with Service Pack 2

o    Description of Antigen 9.0 with Service Pack 2

 

The service packs introduce technology that will notify customers of engine changes – including the addition or elimination of engines – and allow administrators to update their engine configurations without having to deploy any new product updates.  This update allows customers to accommodate engine changes effortlessly, helping maintain the high level of security provided in the Forefront server security products.

Microsoft continually monitors antivirus engine quality and detection rates using internal and 3rd party independent testing organizations.  We have found that using

a multi-engine protection approach provides superior detection of the latest threats when compared to single engine solutions.  In fact, AV-Test.org has tested our products with competitors and found our detection rates have an average response time of 3-6 hours for new viruses.  In contrast, competitive single-engine solutions average response times are more than 2-9 days.

Testing for the last several years has indicated that using more than five malware engines concurrently does not improve overall detection rates. In order to develop stronger technology relationships with our antimalware partners and ensure continued customer value for the longer term, we are making available a set of five antimalware engines, with confidence that this solution will continue to offer industry leading detection rates and response times.  

As an example of Microsoft’s commitment to continual improvement of our malware detection leadership, we are investing in new antispam technology through a partnership with Cloudmark that will provide an overall better antispam experience including higher detection rates, lower false positives, and improved submission and service experience.  The Cloudmark engine is now included in latest service pack releases of Antigen for Exchange with Antigen Spam Manager 9.0 and Antigen for SMTP Gateways with Antigen Spam Manager 9.0 products as Beta while it undergoes customer trials.  Upon the near term completion of the customer trials, it will be released by Microsoft for both the Antigen 9.0 products, as well as be included in the next generation releases of Forefront server security products later this year.  More information is available on TechNet at the Antimalware Engine Notifications and Developments page.

For more information on the service packs, please read on…

·         Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 2 Now Available

 Make protecting your Exchange 2007 environments easier by downloading the latest release of Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP2.  New features include visibility of all actively published engines, alerts and notifications of new engine availability, and rollup of software fixes.  For more information on antimalware engine updates with this service pack, please refer to Antimalware Engine Notifications and Developments.

·         Forefront Security for SharePoint with Service Pack 3 Now Available

Help better protect your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 collaboration environments from malware and inappropriate content by downloading the latest release of Forefront Security for SharePoint with SP2. New features include visibility of all actively published engines, alerts and notifications for new engine availability, and rollup of software fixes.  For more information on antimalware engine updates with this service pack, please refer to Antimalware Engine Notifications and Developments. 

·         Microsoft Antigen 9.0 with Service Pack 2 Now Available

Improve protection for Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server by downloading the Microsoft Antigen 9.0 with SP2 releases.  New features include visibility of all actively published engines, alerts and notifications of new engine availability, improved anti-spam detection through integration of Cloudmark engine, and rollup of software fixes. For more information on antimalware engine updates and Cloudmark antispam integration with this service pack, please refer to Antimalware Engine Notifications and Developments. 

Download the new Antigen service packs here:

o    Antigen for Exchange with Antigen Spam Manager 9.0 with Service Pack 2

o    Antigen for SMTP Gateways with Antigen Spam Manager 9.0 with Service Pack 2

 

Comments
  • According to the KB article for the downloads, the licensed version for Antigen 9 is supposed to be available on the MSVLS site, but it isn't there yet. What to do? Wait? Or can I use the eval version to upgrade a licensed SP1-level installation?

  • You can find the Antigen 9.0 with SP2 versions on the MVLS site under either "Messaging Security Suite" or "Forefront Security for Exchange Server" (at the bottom of the page).  

  • Still can't find it!  It isn't anywhere on the MVLS download page.  I can find the SP1 versions, but not SP2.

  • How to manage Cloudmark update with Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console? is there an SP also?

  • Currently FSSMC does not support updates for the Cloudmark engine. We are planning on release a new rollup for FSSMC (Rollup 3) that will support engine updates only – signature updates will still come directly from Cloudmark so you will need to make the adjustments to your firewall as described in the KBs associated with each Service Pack (there are links in the blog article).

  • Where can I download antigen 9.1 service pack 2? I need the exact url. This site is too confusing

  • There is no direct link to the licensed download.  You will have to log into the MVLS site and download from there.  

    Here is the link to the MVLS site:

    https://licensing.microsoft.com/eLicense/L1033/Default.asp

    If you are looking for evaluation software, you can find it here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/antigen/downloads/trial-software.mspx

  • Thanks to their suite of products was better to publish it here

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