Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager 2.5 now available for download!

    Security Compliance Manager 2.5 (SCM 2.5) is now available for download! SCM 2.5 is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage both desktops and servers using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In addition to...
  • Blog Post: Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2-Now Available

    Identify, classify, and protect data across targeted file servers in your organization The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce that the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available for download. Download the toolkit The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows...
  • Blog Post: New IT Compliance Solution Accelerator – Now in Beta Release!

    The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team has a new IT governance, risk, and compliance (IT GRC) 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...
  • Blog Post: Rediscover security guidance from Microsoft Solution Accelerators

    Ever wonder what happened to the security guides from Microsoft Solution Accelerators? Your go-to security guidance from Solution Accelerators hasn’t disappeared, it’s just been repackaged. The previously stand-alone Microsoft product-specific security guides are now included within the Microsoft Security...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for beta download. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta at Microsoft Connect. If you are not already familiar with the MAP Toolkit, it’s a multifaceted tool designed to help simplify...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta review program

    The latest release in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta review program is a new security baseline for Microsoft ® Exchange Server 2007. This resource is an exciting new addition to the security baselines released earlier this year that can be used in combination with the Security Compliance...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

    Take advantage of the experience of Microsoft security professionals, and reduce the time and money required to harden your environment. This end-to-end Solution Accelerator will help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Release Candidate Available!

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 (SSP), a key component of Microsoft’s cloud strategy and gives you the tools and tested guidance you need to build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure.  Using SSP, you can deliver IT as a service to you organization, enabling...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager - Beta Now Open!

    Hi All, The Security Compliance Manager provides centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities, and security baseline export flexibility to accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Releases New Update

    Hi All, We are pleased to announce the release of our first update to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008  (MDT 2008).  We have added two major features:  OEM preload scenarios for Lite Touch Installation and Zero Touch Installation with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and a new...
  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 RTM

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the Service Level Dashboard Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 for download on TechNet . IT departments need ever more sophisticated tools to monitor the performance and availability of line-of-business (LOB) applications that make the organization...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Forefront Integration Kit for Network Access Protection!

    The Microsoft Forefront Integration Kit for Network Access Protection helps customers strengthen their malware defenses by integrating two Microsoft technologies: Forefront Client Security and the new Network Access Protection feature in Windows Server® 2008. Customers can use the Kit to help protect...
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