At TechEd EMEA we announced the development of a new process management pack for System Center Service Manager for compliance and risk management.  Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta of that management pack for download from Connect.  Here is a demo of the MP in action and the official announcement details are below with links to download the MP.

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We are pleased to announce the Beta availability of  the Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack and the IT Compliance Man­agement Library for Microsoft® System Center Service Manager.  Beginning today, we urge you to download, evaluate, and provide feedback on these solu­tions that are designed to help illuminate the murkiness of IT governance, risk, and compliance (GRC).

The Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack for System Center Service Manager 2010 helps provide end-to-end compliance management and automa­tion for client and server computers. The IT Compliance Management Library (ITCML) is designed to help IT workers, managers, and partners configure Mi­crosoft products to address specific IT GRC requirements.

Successful implementation of these solutions will allow organizations to shift the enforcement and management of IT GRC requirements away from personnel and directly to the underlying Microsoft technologies. Together, these solutions help customers understand and bind complex business objectives to their Microsoft infrastructure. This Beta release includes control activities and test automation for Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows® 7.

To Download the Beta

Go to the System Center Service Manager Beta 2 Connect site and join the pro­gram or log in. After you have successfully logged in, Click the Downloads link and Choose the Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack (Beta) and then select the following files from the download details page:

¨ ComplianceAndRiskProcessMPBeta_Documentation.zip. This file con­tains the documentation for the Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack. Please download this file first and read the Getting Started Guide prior to installation.

¨ ComplianceAndRiskProcessMPBeta.exe. This is the installation file for the Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack. This file must be installed on your server running Service Manager Beta 2 to add compliance management capabilities.

¨ IT_Compliance_Management_Library_Beta.exe. This is the installation file for the IT Compliance Management Library, which contains control librar­ies and automation enhancements for the Compliance and Risk Process Man­agement Pack. Please read the ITCML User’s Guide before installing.

Click Download to begin the download process. After the files are successfully downloaded and extracted, please be sure to read the Release Notes for both products.

About Service Manager and the Compliance and Risk Process Manage­ment Pack

Microsoft System Center Service Manager helps reduce costs and improve IT re­sponsiveness through the power of its integrated platform. With built-in process­es and workflow for incident and problem resolution, change control, and its con­figuration management database, Service Manager orchestrates activities and connects knowledge with System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, and Active Directory® Domain Services.

The Compliance and Risk Management Pack is a Process Management Pack for System Center Service Manager 2010 that helps provide end-to-end compliance management and automation for client and server computers. Together with Service Manager and the ITCML, these solutions help customers understand and bind complex business objectives to their Microsoft infrastructure.

About the IT Compliance Management Library

The ITCML takes advantage of the ability of Microsoft System Center Service Manager to integrate with System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Operations Manager, and other systems to automate the monitoring, validation, and reporting of the compliance state of Microsoft products. This solution bridges the knowledge gap for IT professionals by translating auditor expectations into real IT tasks through the use of control activities that are specific to a particular technology or platform. The supplied control activities bind complex IT GRC re­quirements, stated as control objectives, to actual product configuration settings and events. System Center is then able to act as a GRC management and over­sight solution for your organization.

The ITCML ships with several new features, including:

¨ Control activity libraries for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7 that contain specific policy, technical, and configuration guid­ance

¨ IT Compliance DCM baselines for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

¨ IT Compliance Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007

¨ A Test Automation to automate the validation of control activities

Tell us what you think!

We hope you’ll download these Beta offerings and take advantage of this oppor­tunity to provide feedback to help influence their development. We value your input—this is the perfect opportunity to be heard. Share your comments on the Compliance Management Forum.