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The Release Candidate of Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 shipped today and is now available for download here.  FEP was built on Configuration Manager 2007 (R2 and R3 supported), so anyone with Configuration Manager deployed now has the unique ability to deliver desktop security on your existing infrastructure.  That means you’ll have:

        A single console to manage health and protection of user systems

        One server infrastructure to maintain

        A single mechanism to deploy software and updates to clients

        Central policy implementation for security and management

        A single solution that desktop administrators need to be trained on, regardless of role

As an added plus, FEP will even detect and remove the most common client antimalware agents currently residing on your current systems to streamline deployment.
But while it is easy to see the cost savings and efficiencies to be gained by using FEP with Configuration Manager– there are also important protection benefits. Most desktop vulnerabilities are a result of poor system configuration, but typically security personnel do not have ready access to inventory, patch level, and other desktop-specific configuration data. If you take the antimalware defenses of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 and combine them with the vulnerability remediation capabilities of Configuration Manager, you have a powerful tool to improving overall security.  IT administrators can identify at-risk machines and take action to patch systems, block outbreaks, and initiate clean-up efforts – all within the same console.  As an added benefit, the convergence of these two technologies makes it easier for IT to understand and report on the risk status of their entire desktop environment.     
With a new detection engine that has been proven in third-party testing to rank among the industry’s best – particularly in proactive detection of unknown threats – it would make sense for any Configuration Manager customer to take a look at FEP and see how it can help improve protection and operational efficiency.  As one of our TAP customers said:
“From an IT management perspective, we had separate silos for managing and securing the infrastructure, even though the same team was responsible for both.  We also needed to identify a solution that would work well with our existing infrastructure, including Active Directory.  The integration of FEP with System Center Configuration Manager lets us break down the silos within our organization and increase efficiency.”
Dragoslav Radin, Head of the Division for IT Infrastructure Services, Telekom Slovenije
We hope you’ll take FEP RC for a test drive.  If you’re at TechEd EMEA – make sure to stop by our booth and we can give you an in-person preview.