Posted by: kurtsh | October 28, 2011

INFO: “System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection”?

imageBig announcement. I’ve also noticed that no one else seems to have picked up on a couple things that has been dwelling in the back of my mind for some time now, and now… it’s been kinda revealed.

It stems from the quote on the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager & System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Release Candidate download page:

Please note: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection are now provided as a single installation package.

There are two things that are interesting about this:

  1. Microsoft’s Anti-Malware solution is now packaged with it’s Desktop Management System. 
    System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is the ship vehicle for “Endpoint Protection 2012”.  It’s essentially a feature that System Center Configuration Manager 2012 administrators can turn on for the clients & servers they are protecting.

    No word on licensing yet but as you likely know, Enterprise customers that license the “Core CAL” for their desktops today through a Volume Licensing “Enterprise Agreement” are licensed for:

    – Windows Server CAL
    – Exchange Standard CAL
    – SharePoint Standard CAL
    – System Center Configuration Manager CML
    – Lync Standard CAL
    – Forefront Endpoint Protection

  2. Microsoft’s Anti-Malware solution in 2012 is just called “System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection” now.
    Did you catch that?  Notice a change?  Interesting, ‘eh?

    BTW:  Don’t ask me what this means.  I can only speculate being that I have no conduit into the product group & no knowledge of what the plans are.  All I knew was that this was what the product was going to be named: “System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection”.


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