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  • Blog Post: SCM baselines for Office 2013 have now shipped!

    Hello, The Office 2013 SCM baselines are now live and ready for download. There are 2 ways you can download the CAB files. The simplest will be to open the SCM tool and it will automatically discover that there are new baselines available to download and import and then simply follow the wizard...
  • Blog Post: Why We’re Not Recommending “FIPS Mode” Anymore

    In the latest review of the official Microsoft security baselines for all versions of Windows client and Windows Server, we decided to remove our earlier recommendation to enable “FIPS mode”, or more precisely, the security option called “System Cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms...
  • Blog Post: Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the beta release of security baseline settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11. Some of the highlights of the new security baselines (many of which we intend to backport to older versions of Windows and IE): Use of new and existing...
  • Blog Post: Quickly Identify, Classify and Protect your Data on Windows "8" Servers!

    Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server "8" Beta! A successful data classification program requires careful planning in these critical areas: Identification of applicable IT GRC authority documents. Documentation of controls to satisfy authority document requirements...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager 3.0 now available for download!

    Secure your environment with SCM 3.0! The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft ® System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: SCM v2 Beta: What happened to the EC + SSLF?

    I can feel this becoming a FAQ, so I wanted to blog on this early in the Beta . :) I forgot to mention in my Beta announcement anything about the new 'severity' you see on settings, whoops. The text below is a copy and paste from the IE9 Security Guide which hopefully clarifies our reasoning. [ UPDATE...
  • Blog Post: Version 2 of the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM 2) is now available for download!

    SCM makes configuration management for both computers and your private cloud a snap! Security Compliance Manager 2 is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: New version of SCM causes peace on Earth

    Well... I might be exaggerating just a bit about the “peace on Earth”, but it’s a worthy goal isn’t it!? :) I’m writing this post for a couple reasons: 1. Announce an updated version of Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) 2. Discuss the SCM roadmap for the...
  • Blog Post: New beta setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8

    The Solution Accelerators team is happy to announce the most recent additions to the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program: new setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Join the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program. Members, bookmark this link...
  • Blog Post: Post-Thanksgiving food coma ends - baselines restored

    If you experienced trouble downloading baselines last week , we are very sorry about the trouble! We realized the problem on Tuesday November 23 rd and had a bit of a “snow delay” getting the baselines restored. I am happy to report all is now well (and all the snow/ice in Seattle has melted...
  • Blog Post: SCM v2 (CTP) Available to Download

    UPDATE : The SCM v2 CTP has been removed from MS Connect, please download the SCM v2 Beta . Thanks for the patience! -jeff [Jun 27th, 2011] Hello everyone! You’ve all been very patient with the SCM team and I wanted to thank you for that. I’ve received (literally) hundreds of emails...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2.5 now available

    You’ve been asking for Exchange Server baselines. You’ve been waiting for the Windows 7 SP1 baseline update. They are all available now in SCM v2.5! SCM 2.5 includes a number of new and updated baselines, empowering you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and...
  • Blog Post: SCM v2 (BETA) + New Baselines Available to Download

    [ UPDATE: September 6th, 2011 ] The Beta review period for SCM2 ended August 31st, 2011 (and the download is no longer available). We've been working on stabilizing the build and meeting release requirements. Look for the RTW of SCM2 on September 15th, 2011. Hello world! I know a lot of you have...
  • Blog Post: New IT Governance and Compliance Solution Accelerator - Beta available for download Now!

    The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team has a new IT governance, risk, and compliance (IT GRC) Solution Acclerator beta release you should check out. It’s called the the Data Classification Toolkit (DCT) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and it helps organizations consistently identify, classify, and...
  • Blog Post: Wow, great SCM demo video on TechNet Edge

    Hello SCM people! Yes, I'm way behind on email. Sorry if I owe you a reply! We are DAYS away from releasing the SCM v2 CTP featuring GPO Import. Let me wrap this baby up and you will see it shortly on MS Connect. Thanks for the patience! Check out this awesome SCM video. It's great as an intro as...
  • Blog Post: There's still time to participate in the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 8 Beta review!

    The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 8 Beta (DCT) review period will soon close, but there is still time to participate. Thanks to all of you who have already downloaded the beta release and provided us with your feedback. Your input helps us to improve the quality of the final DCT release...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays from the SCM team!

    I’ve been heads-down with the SCM Engineering Team the last couple of weeks planning the next release of Security Compliance Manager (SCM) , version 2.0. I’m pretty excited about this release – it is going to take the application / solution to the next level. As I’ve mentioned...
  • Blog Post: Whoops, sorry about the baseline troubles!

    If you haven’t heard, Seattle was hit hard by snow and ice yesterday. It took some people up to 10 hours to get home last night . Holy cow! I was lucky – my boss advised I go home yesterday at about 12 noon and I was sitting in my apartment in downtown Seattle with hot spiced cider as I watched...
  • Blog Post: SCM wiki wiki, wiki wiki

    Whenever I hear the word wiki I always hear a sound like a DJ scratching a record - wiki wiki. :) I'm happy to announce the SCM team has started an SCM Wiki on TechNet . This is the part of the blog post where I invite you to contribute to it - because that's the real value of a wiki (wiki...
  • Blog Post: SCM v2 Beta: LocalGPO Rocks!

    This is a guest blog post by Alan Burchill who is an IT Consultant for over 10 years and a Group Policy MVP. He is also the author of the Group Policy Center web site and you can also follow him on twitter at @alanburchill . Along with the recent release of the Security Compliance Manager v2 Beta...
  • Blog Post: HIPAA or PCI or FISMA Baseline? (FAQ)

    A teammate of mine posted a FAQ this week about the GRC space and how it intersects with Microsoft Baselines. Check it out! http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/grc-baselines-made-easy.aspx -jeff PS - for those of you wanting the SCM v2 Beta, I've got great news. Just...