System Center 2012 R2 Evaluation Virtual Machines

Today, Microsoft published 7 System Center eval VHDs.  If they are anything like the 2012 versions, they are great and very easy to deploy, with a wizard automatically configuring them into your environment!

Check `em out:

Additional Reading: What’s New in System Center 2012 R2

Sample setup screen:

SCOM Evaluation VHD Setup Screen

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Release Candidate / Release Date

UPDATE: It looks like this is scheduled to release 12/17.2010 (FEP and FPSMC are due to launch together)



Recently I wrote about changes to Microsoft’s file-level antivirus product, FEP.  This is just a quick update to inform everyone that Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is now in release candidate stage and is due to RTM in December.

Additionally, this will release with the Forefront Endpoint Protection- Security Management Pack, for those of you using SCOM.

Read more here:

What’s New With Microsoft’s File-Level Antivirus?


UPDATE 12-16-2010:

RTM’ed today:

Read more here.


Many of you know that Microsoft’s file-level antivirus product is changing. For those who don’t, here are some high-level points you all should be aware of:

· Forefront Client Security is now Forefront Endpoint Protection (beta)

· Its delivered as a software package via SCCM and SCCM only.

· The management of it is done via SCCM. (Need 2007 R2/SP2 or later)

· It’s free* (provided you own SCCM).

*Last I heard. This isn’t official until it RTMs *It’s free for eCAL users

· You don’t need more servers beyond what you already have for SCCM (Functionally speaking; performance may dictate)

· The client is nearly identical to Microsoft Security Essentials

· The client installer will seek and destroy uninstall Symantec, MacAfee, Trend Micro and old Forefront (FCS) versions if found.

· It will (soon) have pre-canned lists of exclusions for products like Exchange and SharePoint.

For more info you may consider watching this webcast (skip to 13 minutes in to get to the technical stuff):

TechNet Webcast: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: Features and Protection Technologies (Level 300)

SCE 2010 On TechNet


SCE is System Center “Essentials”.

This is a great product for small businesses looking to step up management of their environment.  Today you can download the bits on TechNet.

What’s new (From the Microsoft site):

  • We’ve raised the number of Windows Server devices you can manage from 30 to 50.
    [up to 500 workstations]
  • We built Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 technology right into the product, so that Essentials 2010 provides a single console and management solution for managing both your physical and virtual servers. This includes support for converting physical servers to virtual machines and support for live migration.
  • The console has a new look and feel making it easier than ever to quickly check the health of your IT environment and address any issues.
  • Installation and configuration are even easier with checks for prerequisites during installation and Group Policy checks for proper configuration.

    More info here: