Why the release? Why the new version number? The SCAP Extensions for ConfigMgr are a tool that convert SCAP datastream files into DCM Configuration Packs for use with Configuration Manager 2007. These extensions also convert DCM compliance reports back into SCAP format. This release includes a user guide that provides instructions for using the command-line tools, and detailed information about the mapping between the SCAP data formats and the DCM format.
The new version number is rather straightforward. The NIST certification is an annual renewal process, so every year we must re-validate the SCAP Extensions with NIST. This ensures that your reporting is current, accurate and acceptable to reporting/governing bodies.
Using the SCAP Extensions for ConfigMgr, your organization can optimize its existing Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure to ensure that the computers you manage meet this federal compliance requirement and generate the requisite FDCC reports for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Some resources for you:
- System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP download
- System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP released original blog announcement
- Technet Documentation library content for the SCAP Extensions link
- NIST's SCAP website
- NIST's SCAP Requirements