This presentation by Robert Gillies, Understanding Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which was recently posted on Channel 9, is a good introduction to the product for a system administrator or technical manager. It's helpful if you are new to FOPE, or are just considering it. He covers the following:

  • FOPE's service level agreement
  • Overview of FOPE and its architecture
  • anti-spam - what FOPE protects against
  • Inbound filtering details - block lists, and so on
  • Outbound filtering, for viruses, spam, and so on
  • Signing up for a free trial
  • Setup and provisioning
  • A demonstration of FOPE administration
  • Reporting
  • Junk Mail Management
  • FOPE Inbound and Outbound Connectors
  • Policy Enforcement
  • Exchange Hosted Encryption