Version 2 of the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM 2) is now available for download!

SCM makes configuration management for both computers and your private cloud a snap! Security Compliance Manager 2 is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager. SCM 2 provides ready-to-deploy…

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Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 – Now Available

Identify, classify, and protect data across targeted file servers in your organization The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce that the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available for download. Download the toolkit The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is designed to help enable an organization to…


SCM v2 Beta: LocalGPO Rocks!

This is a guest blog post by Alan Burchill who is an IT Consultant for over 10 years and a Group Policy MVP. He is also the author of the Group Policy Center web site and you can also follow him on twitter at @alanburchill. Along with the recent release of the Security Compliance Manager…

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SCM v2 Beta: What happened to the EC + SSLF?

I can feel this becoming a FAQ, so I wanted to blog on this early in the Beta. 🙂 I forgot to mention in my Beta announcement anything about the new ‘severity’ you see on settings, whoops. The text below is a copy and paste from the IE9 Security Guide which hopefully clarifies our reasoning….

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SCM v2 (BETA) + New Baselines Available to Download

[UPDATE: September 6th, 2011] The Beta review period for SCM2 ended August 31st, 2011 (and the download is no longer available).  We’ve been working on stabilizing the build and meeting release requirements.  Look for the RTW of SCM2 on September 15th, 2011. Hello world! I know a lot of you have been waiting for us to…

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HIPAA or PCI or FISMA Baseline? (FAQ)

A teammate of mine posted a FAQ this week about the GRC space and how it intersects with Microsoft Baselines. Check it out! http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/grc-baselines-made-easy.aspx   -jeff PS – for those of you wanting the SCM v2 Beta, I’ve got great news. Just a little bit longer and we will have something for you. Hang in there,…

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New IT Governance and Compliance Solution Accelerator – Beta available for download Now!

The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team has a new IT governance, risk, and compliance (IT GRC) Solution Acclerator beta release you should check out. It’s called the the Data Classification Toolkit (DCT) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and it helps organizations consistently identify, classify, and protect data across multiple file servers. Using out-of-the-box classification knowledge and…


SCM v2 (CTP) Available to Download

UPDATE: The SCM v2 CTP has been removed from MS Connect, please download the SCM v2 Beta. Thanks for the patience! -jeff [Jun 27th, 2011]   Hello everyone! You’ve all been very patient with the SCM team and I wanted to thank you for that. I’ve received (literally) hundreds of emails in the last month…

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Wow, great SCM demo video on TechNet Edge

Hello SCM people! Yes, I’m way behind on email. Sorry if I owe you a reply! We are DAYS away from releasing the SCM v2 CTP featuring GPO Import. Let me wrap this baby up and you will see it shortly on MS Connect. Thanks for the patience! Check out this awesome SCM video. It’s…

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