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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Happy Holidays from the SCM team!

I’ve been heads-down with the SCM Engineering Team the last couple of weeks planning the next release of Security Compliance Manager (SCM), version 2.0. I’m pretty excited about this release – it is going to take the application / solution to the next level. As I’ve mentioned previously, the focus of the release is simplicity….

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SCM wiki wiki, wiki wiki

Whenever I hear the word wiki I always hear a sound like a DJ scratching a record – wiki wiki. 🙂 I’m happy to announce the SCM team has started an SCM Wiki on TechNet. This is the part of the blog post where I invite you to contribute to it – because that’s the…

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Post-Thanksgiving food coma ends – baselines restored

If you experienced trouble downloading baselines last week, we are very sorry about the trouble! We realized the problem on Tuesday November 23rd and had a bit of a “snow delay” getting the baselines restored. I am happy to report all is now well (and all the snow/ice in Seattle has melted – YAY)!   I’m…

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Whoops, sorry about the baseline troubles!

If you haven’t heard, Seattle was hit hard by snow and ice yesterday. It took some people up to 10 hours to get home last night. Holy cow! I was lucky – my boss advised I go home yesterday at about 12 noon and I was sitting in my apartment in downtown Seattle with hot…

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New version of SCM causes peace on Earth

Well… I might be exaggerating just a bit about the “peace on Earth”, but it’s a worthy goal isn’t it!? 🙂 I’m writing this post for a couple reasons:   1.    Announce an updated version of Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) 2.    Discuss the SCM roadmap for the next year+   I hope it is…

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New beta setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8

The Solution Accelerators team is happy to announce the most recent additions to the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program: new setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Join the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program. Members, bookmark this link to get the latest project details. These setting packs, which can…