Posted by: kurtsh | April 28, 2008

BETA: Forefront “Stirling” Public Beta now available

With the launch of the 1st public beta for Forefront Stirling on April 8th, I thought it would be relevant to do a post this week on it. This release proves that the Stirling vision scenario in my previous blog article is becoming a reality. “Stirling” seems to be thrown around quite a bit and can be misunderstood, so let me 1st clarify. Codename Stirling refers to the next wave of all Forefront products, scheduled to hit RTM in the 1st half of 2009. This wave includes the “next version” of:

  • Forefront Client Security (FCS)
  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSES),
  • Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSS)
  • ISA Server – new name Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG).

Additionally, this wave includes a server and single management console to interact with all of the above, commonly referred to as the “Stirling” server and “Stirling” management console. The console and server can be run on the same or separate machines. Down the road, we’ll have an official name to replace “Stirling” and “next version of”.

Ok, so what is some cool stuff to check out with the public beta?

  • Dynamic response capabilities – see how the forefront products share information and interact with each other.
  • Single management console and reporting for the entire technology suite except FSS – get a security state assessment for all of the connected machines & specify how you want to remediate through forefront policy.
  • Integration with NAP – use NAP to remediate your machines
  • Integrated malware and anti-virus protection – check out how it downloads & pushes out the updates
  • Use powershell to manage it – by default Stirling uses powershell behind the scenes, but you can do it yourself if you feel inclined.

  What are some things you can NOT you do yet?

  • Install a topology which has more than one Stirling server
  • Install the Stirling server, console, or next version of FCS on Windows Server 2008
  • Install Terminal Services or a DC on the Stirling server
  • Install non-English versions 

Get started


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