In a previous post, we took a look at Microsoft’s Forefront product line and saw where the new server management tool: Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) fit in. In this article, we will install FPSMC.
Before we start clicking, I’d like to point out a few important notes:
- FPSMC cannot be deployed on a domain controller, an FPE server or an FPSP server.
- FPSMC will not install on a server running any other Forefront product.
- FPSMC will only support FPE and FPSP. It will not manage Forefront Security for Exchange server v10.x, Forefront Security for SharePoint v10.x and Antigen for Exchange and SMPT v9.x products – these still require Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC).
- FPSMC cannot redistribute the Cloudmark micro-updates.
- FPSMC Beta will only support up to 100 servers per management console deployment.
- FPSMC must be installed on a domain-joined server.
- FPSMC will not install on a server running any version of Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SharePoint Server.
As well as some system requirements:
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- 300MB free RAM
- 30MB free disk space (for the console)
- 900MB free disk space (for SQL)
- 4GB free disk space (for signature distribution)
- .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 or later
- Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
- IIS (for subcomponents visit TechNet)
- SQL Express installs by default, but a licensed version of SQL recommended
You’ll also want to create a service account for the encryption of data between primary and backup servers.
Once you’ve got the above prerequisites in place, you’ll run the setup file and complete the product installation. In the below demonstration, I did not deploy a SQL server, so the installer configured SQL 2008 Express on my behalf. Additionally, if you do not have the Chart Control component listed above, you’ll be given a link to go get it.
Here are the installation screenshots:
Once the installation has completed, a program shortcut will be placed in the Start menu’s program list. You can launch FPSMC from here, or directly via the following hyperlink:
In the next article, we’ll discuss adding and managing servers running Forefront Protection for Exchange 2010.
Unfortunately the advertised “Enterpise” Backup server installation does not work as advertised. I have tried multiple times on various SQL server instances and the installation stalls with no logged reasons for failure. We have the Express install working and plan on uninstalling to work out the Enterprise Backup issue. Just an FYI.