FREE Microsoft Security Compliance Manager Updated

Microsoft has issued an update of its Security Compliance Manager tool, which helps IT pros set security policies for Microsoft software.  The update improves over the initial April release by including documentation and guidance materials within the tool.  Security Compliance Manager is a free Microsoft “solution accelerator” that works with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager 2007 management product.  It’s considered to be the next evolution of the Microsoft Security Compliance Management Toolkit series.

IT pros can use the tool to download recommended security baseline configuration settings for a number of key Microsoft products, including Windows 7,  XP, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Internet Explorer 8 and Office 2007.  The desired configuration management (DCM) feature monitors server or client computers against a single or multiple security baselines, the Guide states. 

In addition to enabling custom security settings, the tool can be used to check how closely an organization’s existing security settings match up with Microsoft’s best-practice recommendations.  The tool runs on Windows 7 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2.  It’s FREE, and I like free tools…

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