Multi-server management console for Forefront Protection for Exchange & SharePoint

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.12.2010 at 02:14

The Forefront Protection Server Management Console 2010 (FPSMC) has been released to web on December 17, 2010.

Forefront Protection Server Management Console 2010 (FPSMC) is the multi-server management solution that is designed to manage Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE) and Forefront Protection for SharePoint (FPSP) servers within the organization. FPSMC is a refresh of the Forefront Server Security Management Console that is currently available to manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2007, Forefront Security for SharePoint 2007 and Antigen 9 products.

FPSMC is a free download that does not require any additional licensing. For deployment and operations guidance, refer to the FPSMC articles on TechNet.


screenshot courtesy: svenska’s blog

Multi-server management for Forefront Protection for Exchange

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.08.2010 at 10:25

You can now manage multiple servers running Forefront Protection for Exchange or SharePoint thanks to the multi-server management Script Kit.

You can download the script kit for free at the Microsoft Download Center, subject to acceptance of license terms.

In addition to the ability to manage multiple Forefront Protection Servers from a single location, this tool provides easily extensible command-line scripts that help enable server discovery, configuration deployment, and integration with existing management technologies. It also offers basic reporting capabilities to detect configuration drift and monitor server statistics.

Configuration Management and Reporting

  • Capture server configuration snapshots and push snapshots to any number of servers
  • Compare configuration of any number of servers or baselines
  • Obtain statistics from one or many servers, including information about infected files, detected malware, server health, and more
  • See summary and/or server detail views

Ease of Use

  • Discover Forefront Protection Servers and export information to a .CSV file
  • Use customizable Windows PowerShell™ scripts to enhance your existing automation

Forefront Protection for Exchange – Still Number One!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.07.2010 at 00:15

The July 2010 issue of the VirusBulletin issued today has another comparative report on anti-spam solutions.

In the latest comparative report, Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange still leads the competition with the highest spam catch detection rate and the lowest (zero) false positives rate. This is the third consecutive time that Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange got the highest final score in the VBspam comparative report.

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In this report (and also in the previous reports), Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange has shown remarkably better capabilities compared to Symantec, McAfee, Kaspersky, and other competitive solutions.

Quote from the VBspam report:

With the second best spam catch rate overall and just a handful of false positives on the last occasion, Microsoft’s Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server seemed unlikely to improve on its past performance in this test. However, the product still managed to do that and a stunning spam catch rate of 99.96% combined with a total lack of false positives not only wins the product its sixth consecutive VBSpam award, but also gives it the highest final score for the third time in a row.

VirusBulletin’s detailed comparative reports can be downloaded by subscribers from www.virusbtn.com.

Do you already have Forefront Protection for Exchange?
It’s likely you already own the licenses for this award-winning anti-spam solution and you’re not aware of it.

  • If you run Exchange Server in your organization and you own Exchange Enterprise CALs for your users, then you are already licensed to use Forefront Protection for Exchange
  • If you have the Enterprise CAL Suite, you are already licensed to use Forefront Protection for Exchange
  • If you have the Forefront Security Suite in your license agreement, you are already licensed to use Forefront Protection for Exchange.

For more information, speak to your Microsoft account manager.

Forefront Protection for Exchange ranked #1

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.05.2010 at 19:09

I am excited to write about the latest anti-spam comparative test results from VirusBulletin. Forefront Protection for Exchange emerged as the winner in the May 2010 test results, with an extremely high spam catch (SC) rate and a very low false positive (FP) rate.

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SC rate: 99.93%

SC rate (VB corpus): 97.35%

SC rate (image spam): 99.77%

SC rate (large spam): 99.90%

FP rate: 0.23%

FP rate (VB corpus): 0.79%

Final score: 99.25

[SC=Spam Catch rate; FP=False Positive rate]

 

Quote from the report:

Microsoft’s Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server was the clear winner of the last test, achieving the highest final score by some distance. The final scores of the various products were closer this month, but with the second highest spam catch rate and just a handful of false positives,Forefront was yet again the product with the highest final score and adds another VBSpam award to its collection.

Forefront vs. the competition

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.03.2010 at 13:49

In this post, I am sharing the current position of Forefront Client Security (Forefront Endpoint Protection) and Forefront Protection for Exchange in the market, in comparison to similar solutions from other competitors.

1. Forefront Client Security:

We have very high comparative ratings from VirusBulletin – which does independent testing of antivirus solutions.

Below: Average result of multiple tests between August 2009 to February 2010.

How to interpret this chart: Higher reactive AND proactive detection is good. MS Forefront Client Security/Endpoint Protection is place HIGHER than Symantec and McAfee, among other competitors. Trend Micro does not seem to be included in the latest study, but it failed 3 previous tests and didn’t make it in the chart.

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[Source: virusbtn.com]

2. Forefront Protection for Exchange Server

VirusBulletin, which conducts independent benchmarking of antivirus & antispam products has rated Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange highly.  MS Forefront for Exchange won the VBspam award consistently. For more information register at virusbtn.com and view the reports.

How to interpret the chart: HIGH SPAM CATCH rate (SC) and LOW FALSE POSITIVE (FP) rate is good.

The latest March 2010 report (below) shows the MS forefront has the HIGHEST SPAM CATCH RATE (SC), while at the same time maintaining relatively LOWER FALSE POSITIVE (FP) compared Symantec, McAfee, McAfee and other popular anti spam solutions.

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[Source: virusbtn.com]

It is worth noting that what goes into Forefront Protection for SharePoint and Forefront Protection for OCS is the same set of antivirus engines that goes into Forefront Protection for Exchange.