Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 has released to manufacturing (RTM)! Customers can access RTM release on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting Jan. 1, 2010 — or try the evaluation version immediately.
“This’s our first — and very significant — step in making the convergence of desktop security and management a reality. Customers using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can now quickly and efficiently deploy, configure, manage, update, and report on FEP protections, helping to lower infrastructure costs and improve overall security. And since both products are included in the Enterprise CAL, customers who purchase ECAL automatically get access to all the licenses they need to implement the solution. To make deployment easier, FEP will even identify and replace the existing antimalware agents you may have previously installed,” stated Microsoft.
There’re a ton of new features to explore in this new release including award-winning antimalware protection (FEP uses same engine as Microsoft Security Essentials), vulnerability shielding, Windows firewall management, and, of course, integration with SCCM 2007.