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….


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…


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…

The future of security baseline management has arrived: Download the Security Compliance Manager!

The Security Compliance Manager is now available for download! Windows 7 security just got easier. The tool includes support for this and other Microsoft operating systems and applications. Many thanks to those of you who participated in the beta review program, and thanks to those who helped us spread the word about this new tool….


Integrate AccessChk.exe with DCM Scripts

The DCM feature supports a powerful way for data discovery by using scripting. By invoking AccessChk.exe from DCM scripts, the output of user rights assignment data from AccessChk.exe can be collected by the DCM scripting data discovery provider. The following procedure enables you to use Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) in combination with the…


How to Use AccessChk.exe for Security Compliance Management

In this article we invite Michael Tan, one of our senior program mangers, to introduce a new feature in the recently updated Sysinternals tool called AccessChk. His two part article looks at how the new AccessChk feature works and the benefits of using this Sysinternals tool. The second part takes a look at the using…


Partner adopts Security Compliance Management toolkit

  I wanted to thank Securevantange in making the Security Compliance Management toolkit a success in their world.     Our customers and partners are all very pleased with the new baselines provided in the Security Compliance Management toolkit for DCM along with the ease of customization supported via Config Pack design and guidance. This…


Configuration Drift

    In my last blog I introduced a new Solution Accelerator called the Security Compliance Management toolkit. Today I’d like to help you learn more about this new Accelerator, but in a somewhat indirect way—by discussing a problem space known as configuration drift.   Probably the simplest way to understand configuration drift is to…


Security Compliance Management Released!

  If you have not heard yet, Solution Accelerators has released a great new toolkit!.   Microsoft has created the Security Compliance Management toolkit. The toolkit provides best practices from Microsoft about how to plan, deploy, and monitor a security baseline. In addition, the toolkit provides some information about how to remediate security baseline issues….