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Getting started Forefront: Endpoint or Client ?  Console?

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We're moving away from McAfee EPO and toward Microsoft Forefront.

We've got SCCM, WSUS, SCUP, and SQL... what now?

What's the most analogous to McAfee EPO?  We need a desktop client with reporting to a server that also distributes the definitions.  

I've tried to wade through the MS site but it's all buzzwords and synonyms.  We don't care about Exchange, Sharepoint,

It looks to me like I'd want the Endpoint Protection (FEP)... but what gets loaded on the workstations?



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That will be Forefront Client Security or more recently Forefront Endpoint Protection, see here: http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/endpoint-protection/en/us/default.aspx
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Cleint side you can choose Microsoft Security Essentials (depends number of clients & OS).  http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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Security essentials is not am enterprise product, it's a free product aimed at home users.
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Demazter is correct as are you with your assumption - FEP 2010 is the matching product and requires SCCM to deploy the client.

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Ah, ok, that explains part of my confusion, the FCS became FEP ?

Part of the install is a console for SCCM then?
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FCS or FES is distributed using Group policy or SCCM, it installs the SCOM agent and updates using WSUS or Windows Updates.
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Does it report its findings back to a console?

 EPO lets you search through your client PCs detected viruses/spyware and push new .dats etc.
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Apologies, it looks like they have chainged it.  It no longer uses the SCOM agent and requires SCCM.

This is new in the new version, apologies again.
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The FCS console did report but not very well, I've not seen the FES one but I would assume it's the same, if it distributes with SCCM i would imaging there is a dashboard for the reporting console.
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No problem, I've got SCCM.   I just wish MS would make a comparison chart so you know what to get.
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All parts from the same guy, but a total answer from the parts.  Thanks Demazter.
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