Microsoft recently released an update on the evolution of the Forefront security management strategy, which will help Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange (FPE) and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP) customers streamline how messaging and collaboration security is managed across the enterprise. 

 

As part of this strategy, we will be releasing a service pack update to Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) in the second half of 2010 that will provide centralized management for FPE and FPSP servers in your environment.  The service pack will be provided to all FPE and FPSP customers at no additional cost.  New features in this release will include:

-          Improved user interface

-          Support for Exchange 2010 and Database Availability Group (DAG) Clusters

-          Improved user experience for managing servers deployed outside of the firewall   

 

We will also be delivering a Forefront Server Script Kit for administrators who want to use Remote PowerShell to configure and report on multiple deployments of FPE and FPSP.   This will allow customers to create server discovery, policy distribution, data collection, and centralized reporting scripts for use with their existing management infrastructures.  The script kit will be posted for free download on the Solution Accelerators site when it becomes available in the second half of 2010. 

 

In the meantime, if you are interested in getting an early look at the FSSMC Service Pack, you can request to be part of our Customer Advisory Group.   

 

Brita Jenquin
Sr. Product Manager
Forefront Protection Suite