When you're into Security, the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is likely to be part of your toolset.
Or at least: it should be.
And it's free.

You should bookmark this URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc677002.aspx

SCM is a so-called Solution accelerator.
As explained on the SCM main page: Solution Accelerators are authoritative resources that help IT professionals plan, deliver, operate, and manage IT systems that address real-world scenarios. Solution Accelerators provide free, prescriptive guidance and automation to accelerate cross-product integration, core infrastructure development, and other enhancements.

SCM that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager.

But what's the Community Win in a tool from Microsoft Technet?

Have a good look at the download section, not the tool itself.
It's about the Release Notes and Getting Started Guide.

They are hosted on TechNet Wiki!

And last but not least, SCM is a perfect example of combining the strenghts of community tools like TNWiki with blogs, TechNet Edge (video), and newsletters.

So head over to the SCM pages and get started with this interesting tool.
Enjoy the joint efforts of the community.

Welcome to the Security Community!

[Ka-jah Shakaah!]
The Security & Identity Ninja.



Peter Geelen     
peter@fim2010.com
Premier Field Engineer - Security & Identity at Microsoft
CISSP, CISA, MCT, former-MVP Forefront Identity Manager

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/geelenp