The Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) is set to release to manufacturing on October 10th! It will be available solely through Micorosoft’s volume licensing program around that time. FSSMC stands to be a very solid and necessary addition to the Forefront suite of products.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the FSSMC, essentially it provides for central configuration, deployment, and updating for all Forefront server security products. It enables IT administrators to manage servers remotely, generate comprehensive reports, and receive outbreak alerts. You might think of it as being very similar to the server-side functionality in FCS (Forefront for Client Security), if you are familar with that functionality.
For those of you who are running or planning to run any combination of Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, or Antigen Spam Manager, you’ll want to take a close look at the FSSMC. As an FYI, Forefront Server Security Management Console does not support Sybari Antigen 8.0 or earlier products.
If you are interested in learning more about the features included in the FSSMC, check out: http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/serversecurity/mgmt/features.mspx.
Also, I highly recommend you check out the webcast being put on by Kelli Cook, a security product manager and resident expert on the FSSMC. The webcast will be delivered on October 19, 2007 at 11:30am Pacific Time. For more information and to register, check out: http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032352491&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US