Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

Summary: Microsoft is making available for download the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Forefront Endpoint Protection client software.

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Microsoft is making available for download the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Forefront Endpoint Protection client software.

Forefront Endpoint Protection is the new name for Forefront Client Security (FCS). Microsoft reiterated on November 8 that the product is still on track to be released to manufacturing before the end of calendar 2010. Microsoft announced the RC availability on the opening day of its TechEd Europe conference in Berlin on November 8.

Microsoft made available in July a beta of Forefront Endpoint Protection (as well as a beta of its free sibling, the updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials). The new version of MSE is also slated to ship before the end of this year.

Forefront Endpoint Protection -- which is based on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 --  is designed to provide security for XP, Windows Server 2003 and all subsequent versions of Windows client and server. The coming release includes the same anti-virus engine that is part of MSE; new behavioral threat detection; better protection against "unknown" and "zero day" threats; Windows Firewall management; and on-demand signature updates from the cloud.

Microsoft is pitching Forefront client as its security offering for business users of any size, from the smallest business to the largest enterprise. It is pitching MSE as being for consumers, and, as a couple of months ago, small businesses with up to 10 PCs.

Topics: Software, Data Centers, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Security, Windows

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  • About time really

    Been waiting for this for far too long.
    rtk
  • Some Welcome Improvements

    Looking forward to the improvements for better protection for users of Forefront and MSE. I assume that once this is released it will be pushed down as an update right?
    bobiroc
    • Deployment Paths

      @bobiroc: You took the words right out of my mouth. How will those of us using the current version of FCS deploy the new one? Client updates should be simple enough via WSUS, but it sounds to me as though the back end has to be updated, too. That's where things get tricky.
      ParrotHead_FL
      • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

        @ParrotHead_FL

        Well lets up we apply an update to the back end then it pulls the updated engine down and deploys it out automatically. I know when I first set up FCS there was an engine update and it was pulled down and pushed out automatically without an issue. Maybe the back end does not need to be updated as it is just a reporting and policy management side. I guess we will know soon enough.
        bobiroc
  • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

    Great! trust your computing assets to a company that does not know the first thing about security.
    abc123a
    • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

      @abc123a

      If you bothered to take the time to not be a troll you would realize that Forefront and Security Essentials are both highly rated (from independent sources) to be very good at malware protection while remaining easy to manage and light on computer usage resources. But I guess you just felt the need to be the first troll to post an anti-microsoft comment so congrats to you..YOU WON!!
      bobiroc
  • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

    Microsoft won't build a powerful firewall or anti-virus software to protect windows client and server, because Microsoft should keep the coorperation with other security company.
    So the users will always disapointed when FCS comming.
    hellowiki
    • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

      @hellowiki

      Funny I find that most users of FCS and MSE are more than happy with what the software offers. My organization switched to FCS from McAfee Enterprise over the summer and there is no way we would look back. FCS is less expensive, offers better protection, easier to manage, and uses less system resources. It is a WIN, WIN, WIN all around from what I can see.
      bobiroc
      • Ditto

        We switched from Symantec AV to FCS a couple of years ago, and have also been pleased. FCS was easy to deploy and is easy to update, thanks to WSUS. And the price was very affordable.

        I'm not thrilled with the backend, but I wasn't thrilled with the backend of SAV, either.
        ParrotHead_FL
    • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

      @hellowiki - Microsoft has cooperated with Norton, Panda, McAffee, etc. for many years and yet all they do is continue to build increasingly bloated suites that eat ever more HDD and CPU.

      I love the fact that Microsoft Security Essentials (for home) and Forefront (for business) do one thing, do it well and keep out of the way unless they detect something out of the ordinary.

      This cannot be said for almost every other "security suite" available today.
      bitcrazed
      • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

        @bitcrazed

        I agree. Many of the paid for suites and even some of the free suites are horrible hogs on a system. Norton and McAfee are the worst of the popular brands. I haven't used Panda so I am not going to insult their product but I cannot see how Panda is now complaining that MSE is being offered as an optional download from [b]Microsoft[/b] Update to be installed on [b]Microsoft[/b] Windows only on computers that have no current suite installed. If it is showing up for users it means they have ignored the Security Center/Action Center Warnings so obviously they are not going to choose from the variety of options Microsoft offers on their page as possible solutions.
        bobiroc
  • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of new Forefront security client

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