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Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 brings Microsoft antivirus engine to servers

Antivirus for standalone servers is now available through a new Microsoft application suite. Rick Vanover kicks the tires of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010.

Many IT administrators have taken advantage of the Microsoft Security Essentials platform to run on Windows client systems for antivirus and spyware protection. This package is easy to administer, quick to install, and generally has the necessary features for a client endpoint protection package. Plus, the price can't be beat.

On the server side, we've been without a complementing Microsoft solution until recently. Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 gives this functionality to server operating systems, and is available for a free 120 day trial. I recently downloaded this antivirus protection for my Windows Servers in my personal virtualization test lab. It is important to have some antivirus solution for my lab server operating systems, as I am generally stuck only able to protect the client operating systems due to the costs of server antivirus programs.

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is only 75 MB, but don't let the small size fool you -- it has a lot of features. Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 has direct integration to Microsoft System Center Operations Manager with a management pack for easy integration to an enterprise framework. If a standalone client installation is required, the FEPInstall.exe file located in the \FEP2010_en-us\x64\client folder will do the trick. Installing the standalone client is rather straightforward (Figure A). Figure A

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Once the installation is completed, Windows will prompt for a reboot of the Server. After Windows is started back up, the Forefront Endpoint client will be available for updates and configuration. The first task automatically will be to download an update to the local definitions (Figure B). Figure B

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At that point, the Endpoint Protection client is ready for additional configuration; this includes scheduled scans, exclusions, and detection behavior. One feature I noted with this configuration is that network drives are permitted to be scanned, which can save work in some situations or create duplication in others. Figure C shows this area of the configuration (note the system tray icon is highlighted). Figure C

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So far, I like Forefront Endpoint Protection. I'll post another blog about the product after I use it more. For additional information, be sure to check out this Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 white paper on TechRepublic.

If you have used Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, let us know what you think of it.

About

Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

9 comments
Treybeau
Treybeau

This is great for testing. Does the software allow you to see an overview or control the AV of machines on the network that have the desktop version installed? That would be the bees knees!

Justin James
Justin James

I have the current version of Endpoint Protection installed (2007?). What's the upgrade to 2010 like? I'd love to get jumped up if possible. J.Ja

Justin James
Justin James

"Many IT administrators have taken advantage of the Microsoft Security Essentials platform to run on Windows client systems for antivirus and spyware protection." Unfortunately, MSE is only licensed for 10 installs in a business environment. Any more than that and you need to step up to Endpoint Protection. J.Ja

Brian_Custer
Brian_Custer

I assume this product integrates with SharePoint 2007/2010?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

What good is a wireless head set to the headless?

Tocsin
Tocsin

Will this work on headless servers (e.g. WHS v1)?

marioh
marioh

Will it work with SharePoint 2007/2010? Yes, well, maybe. Actually, FEP 2010 is an OS AV and not an application AV. However, Microsoft has Forefront Protection for SharePoint which will protect SharePoint.

Justin James
Justin James

What about the big server side component which does all of the alerting and reporting, and seems to involve it's own MOM or SCOM instance? J.Ja

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