Information about the new antivirus engine for Forefront and Antigen products

Microsoft is upgrading the multi-engine protection in all Forefront server security products to support a newer version of the antivirus engine.  The newer version will provide customers with improved scanning times and reduced signature file size. The new engine replaces the older engine.  This new engine publishes update files in a subdirectory – the first…


Problems downloading updates for the antivirus engine after installing FSSMC Hotfix Rollup 5 and FSE Service Pack 2 Rollup 2

Some customers have reported problems downloading updates for the antivirus engine after installing the Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) Hotfix Rollup 5 and the Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) Service Pack 2 Rollup 2. The basic symptom is that antivirus engine updates fail. If you are experiencing this problem, please refer to the…


Manually updating engines and definitions in Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and SharePoint

Hello,   We get quite a few calls from administrators who ask if they can manually update their Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint scan engines.  Well, the short answer is yes, but the long answer is a bit longer, so in order to provide guidance to those…


Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint Service Pack 3 is available

On behalf of the Forefront Server Security team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint Service Pack 3! On July 20th 2010 Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint Service Pack 3. For a complete list of the new…


Introducing the Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP) Best Practices Analyzer, as well as a rules updates for the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) Best Practices Analyzer

Last week, the Forefront Server Protection team had two releases of note for our Best Practices Analyzer (BPA). A BPA from Microsoft is generally released alongside server software to help you ensure that you configure the software properly. When we released FPSP earlier this month, we also released a BPA to accompany it. Our BPA…


Forefront Server Protection TechNet Library content refresh

Hi, my name is Suzanne and I am a technical writer in the Forefront Server Protection Information Experience (iX) group here in Hauppauge, New York. I want to tell you about the recent updates we made in our TechNet Library. For Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE), a new planning and architecture section, Maximizing…


Using the FSSMC in clustered Exchange environments

Hey Folks,   A Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) user asked us a question recently about using the Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) to manage clustered Exchange servers.  He was confused by our guidance that says the FSSMC can be used to manage clustered servers, but it cannot be installed on a clustered…


The survey results are in!

We recently conducted a survey on the FSS Blog asking your opinions of your current Exchange antimalware solution. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey and share some of the results. We greatly appreciate the time you took to provide your valuable feedback, and I can assure you that your opinions…


Rollup 1 Now Available for Both Forefront Security for Exchange SP2 and Forefront Security for SharePoint SP3!

On behalf of the Forefront Server Protection team at Microsoft, we are pleased to announce the release of the two latest Hotfix Rollups for our Exchange and SharePoint server security products. On February 15th 2010 we shipped Hotfix Rollup 1 for Service Pack 2 for Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Hotfix Rollup 1 for…


Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) Capacity Planning Guidance v. 2

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance into Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) capacity planning regarding hardware, such as the number of processing cores, memory requirements, and when to scale up based on CPU utilization and throughput.  Performance guidelines using the capacity planning tool are provided for Exchange Server 2010 deployments….