Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 (BETA)

Update, 13 August 2014:  The final version of this guidance has been posted here.The changes since the beta are described here, with a separate discussion about the changes in the Account Lockout policy here. Microsoft is pleased to announce the beta release of security baseline settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer…

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Security Compliance Manager 3.0 now available for download!

Secure your environment with SCM 3.0! The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager. This version of SCM supports Windows Server 2012,…

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There’s still time to participate in the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 8 Beta review!

The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 8 Beta (DCT) review period will soon close, but there is still time to participate. Thanks to all of you who have already downloaded the beta release and provided us with your feedback. Your input helps us to improve the quality of the final DCT release. The DCT…


Quickly Identify, Classify and Protect your Data on Windows "8" Servers!

Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server “8” Beta! A successful data classification program requires careful planning in these critical areas: Identification of applicable IT GRC authority documents. Documentation of controls to satisfy authority document requirements. Definition of corresponding classification policies. Implementation of classification policies. Preservation of evidence demonstrating implementation of effective controls. This powerful toolkit is designed…


Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2.5 now available

You’ve been asking for Exchange Server baselines. You’ve been waiting for the Windows 7 SP1 baseline update. They are all available now in SCM v2.5! SCM 2.5 includes a number of new and updated baselines, empowering you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats in your organization’s IT environment, traditional data…

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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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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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