The Vista Security Guide will be released to Beta on September 6th exclusively through Microsoft Connect. It will be available to anyone who signs in with a Windows Live ID (formerly Passport) account at this URL: https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=820&InvitationID=VSG-P74P-BFTH&SiteID=14. The Beta period will extend for three weeks, during which we’ll be accepting and triaging bugs and comments.
UPDATE: It's now 9/6/2006 and the invitation link and guide above are active. I just downloaded the guide.
Here's a direct quote from the product group:
"To support this Beta release, the development and program management teams will deliver a LiveMeeting on Wednesday September 6th. Details are below. We want to welcome as many customers into the Beta as possible to gather the most feedback and ensure that we ship a customer-driven solution. With that in mind, feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might benefit from attending the session. We’ll be describing the guide, how we developed it, the best way to use it, and one really cool new tool that can save lots of time in the test and deployment phases. We will also take questions at the end of the presentation, so this is a great opportunity for customers to directly interact with the security guide team."
Here's the webcast information:
Topic: Windows Vista Security Guide
Abstract: The Vista Security Guide in now in Beta! This session reviews the structure of the guide, discusses some of the old and new approaches for deploying security configuration, and demonstrates how the guide leverages some of the new security technologies built into Windows Vista.
Presenter: Kelly Hengesteg, Mike Danseglio, Jose Maldonado
Date and Time: September 6, 2006, 8 am – 10 am PT
To join this Live Meeting up to a half hour before the session starts, click https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/join?id=5TNM3W&role=attend&pw=6379.
Installing Live Meeting
Install the Windows-based Meeting Console before your meeting:
http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidLiveMeeting?p1=7&p2=en_US&p3=LMInfo&p4=DownloadWindowsConsole. You can also use the browser web console if desired.
Live Meetings are broadcast using Internet audio over your computer. Please ensure that you have Windows Media Player 9 or higher installed.