Did you know that Microsoft has an open source hosting website? Codeplex (www.codeplex.com) is a Microsoft website that hosts customer-driven projects, and allows customer collaboration on these projects.
The cool thing about Codeplex is that it allows YOU, our customers, to share your FCS solutions. There’s a section for Forefront Client Security tools – you can reach it by entering Forefront in the search text box in the upper right of the Codeplex homepage, or go straight there by navigating to http://www.codeplex.com/fcscompete. The full list of available customer-driven tools is on the Releases tab, in the Releases list box on the right hand side.
Yaniv Feldman has posted a solution for updating FCS definitions using MOM 2005 tasks (http://www.codeplex.com/fcscompete/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=14225). You can read more about the tool and how to use it on Yaniv’s blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yanivf/archive/2008/06/09/forefront-client-security-remote-definitions-update-using-mom-tasks.aspx.
Johan Blom has also contributed a tool to the FCS Codeplex collection. Johan’s contribution sets scan exclusions for Exchange 2007 servers, making it easier to use FCS to protect your Exchange server. Johan’s project can be accessed on Codeplex here: http://www.codeplex.com/fcscompete/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=14026. You can read more about the tool and how to use it on Johan’s blog at http://www.msforefront.com/, and looking for the title “Scanning exclusions when running FCS on Exchange 2007 made easy”.
Have you posted an FCS tool to the FCS Codeplex collection? If so, send us an email using the feedback link in this blog to let us know!