Version 2 of the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM 2) is now available for download.
 
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 and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager.

SCM 2 provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported. Our product baselines are based on Microsoft Security Guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats.

Easily configure Windows® operating systems, Microsoft® Office applications, and Internet Explorer with industry leading knowledge and fully supported tools.

Take advantage of SCM 2 to import the configuration of a “golden master” reference machine or existing Group Policy. Compare your standards to industry best practices, customize them using rich knowledge, and seamlessly create new policies and DCM configuration packs in the user-friendly UI designed to work with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

Key Features Include:
• Gold master support: Import and take advantage of your existing Group Policy or create a snapshot of a reference machine to kick-start your project!
• Configure stand-alone machines: Deploy your configurations to non-domain joined computers using the new GPO Pack feature!
• Updated security guides: Take advantage of the deep security expertise and best practices in the updated security guides, and the attack surface reference workbooks to help reduce the security risks that you consider to be the most important!
• Compare against industry best practices: Analyze your configurations against prebuilt baselines for the latest Windows client and server operating systems!

Next steps:
• Download SCM 2.
• Help spread the word: tell your friends about Security Compliance Manager 2.
• Thoughts? Favorite features? Feedback? Tell it to the dev team.

Want more information on a specific feature? Interested in speaking with the development team? Please contact Venkat Ganti.