Prepare now for an upcoming change in Kaspersky Antivirus Technology

Hi, this is Gary Hauck from the Forefront Rapid Response Engineering Services team.  My team is responsible for providing engine and definition update packages for the Forefront Server and Antigen products.  I am writing today to inform you of an upcoming change to the Kaspersky Antivirus engine and the important action that many of you will…


Forefront Server Security Management Console Hotfix Rollup 3 Available Now!

We are very happy to announce that the Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) Hotfix Rollup 3 shipped on July 30th. Here are the new features and some important information for the rollup. For a complete list of the fixes included in the rollup and to obtain it, see the following Knowledge Base article “Hotfix…


Spamhaus RBL changes

Hello Forefront and Antigen users.  I want to call your attention to a blog posted recently by Andy Day of our exceptional support team about real-time block lists or RBLs.  He recently posted an article about some changes to the Spamhaus RBL that may impact some of our users.  You can find the details here:…


Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) version 9.1 is released

Today, Microsoft released a new version of Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) (Release 9.1). FOSE online filtering helps protect inbound and outbound e-mail traffic from spam and viruses.  FOSE can be used to provide an additional layer of protection for your Microsoft Exchange messaging infrastructure.   Read more about the new release on the Forefront Team blog here.      …


Downloading antivirus definition updates from a content distribution network

Hello –this is Kelly Borndale, a PM from the Forefront Services/Ops Team!   Due to growing threats, the size of files downloaded within the antivirus engine definition update packages has grown over time (previously mentioned here).  In order to get definition updates to Antigen and Forefront Server products as efficiently as possible, we have begun…


Introducing the Forefront Security for Exchange capacity planning tool

Hello.   My name is Frank Trujillo, and I want to tell you about a new capacity planning tool the FSS team just released.    The Forefront Security for Exchange Server capacity planning tool helps you understand what hardware, architecture, and configuration settings will produce recommended system performance and message throughput results for comprehensive protection…


Help with installing Forefront Security for Exchange Server on clustered Exchange servers

Hey folks, We get lots of questions on our forums and lots of calls to our support staff about installing FSE and Antigen on clustered Exchange servers.  Obviously, installing on clustered servers is a whole different animal from installing on single servers and requires additional guidance. In response to that need, our UA team produced…


Forefront Server Security at TechEd 2009

Hello from TechEd 2009!   I want to thank all of the attendees that have come to our booth and sessions.   The conference has been well received by the attendees. Overall there has been great interest in the virtualization and Software as a Service (SAAS) offerings. Windows 7 and Windows Mobile are also attracting…


Trek Day for the FSS Team

(Warning:  If you’re looking for anything insightful or related to Forefront technology, you can skip this post.)   After hitting numerous development target dates for FSE and doing some serious work to deliver the next generation of Forefront, the Long Island development team got a chance to take some time off.  The Forefront Server team…


Forefront DNSBL… Yeah or Nay?

As you might guess, DNSBL stands for DNS Blocklist.  While it’s not a new technology, the usefulness of various DNS/RBL blocklists in fighting spam is indisputably immense.  Over the years I’ve heard both the success stories from folks who implemented RBLs in their Exchange server deployments, and I’ve heard some horror stories from the folks…