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Friday, July 30, 2010

Updated Security Baseline for Windows Server 2008 R2, Setting Pack for Security Compliance Manager

As already mentioned in my previous post, Microsoft released a security baseline for Windows Server 2008 R2.

We are not even 2 weeks later and already do we find a new beta of this package. This was announced today. New in this beta is that it now includes a setting pack.

This is what Microsoft has to tell about this "setting pack":
Since the release of the Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool, one of the most frequent requests has been to add all of the available Group Policy settings to the Microsoft security baselines so that you can access them in the SCM tool. While our baselines include hundreds of settings, there are hundreds of additional settings available in Group Policy. In response to this request, the team created setting packs. The setting packs include the basic information required by the SCM tool to define custom baselines that you can use to create GPO backups, DCM configuration packs, and SCAP content. You can learn more about setting packs on the program description page.
Microsoft also announced that it is working on the following baselines and setting packs that would be shipped soon after the Windows Server 2008 R2 baseline ships:
  • Exchange 2007
  • Office 2010 with a setting pack
  • SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8

As mentioned in my previous post, more information and information on how to participate in the beta can be found on Microsoft's connect website.

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