Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 9.0 BetaDate Published: 11/11/2013
From Jeff Alexander's Weblog:
This version has been enhanced in the following areas:
- New Server and Cloud Enrollment scenario helps to simplify adoption
- New Remote Desktop Services Licensing Usage Tracking scenario creates a single view for enterprise wide licensing.
- Support for software inventory via Software ID tags now available.
- Improved Usage Tracking data collection for SQL Server Usage Tracking scenario
Download MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta and supporting materials
Use the following link to register for the MAP Toolkit beta program (requires a Microsoft Live ID):
MAP Toolkit Team Blog
MAP Toolkit Best Practices CANITPRO
MAP Toolkit: The Server and Cloud Enrollment Feature MAP Toolkit Team Blog
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Best Practices CANITPRO
Microsoft Security Essentials 4.4.304.0Date Published: 11/10/2013
Microsoft Security Essentials is free fully functional antimalware software which provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Your Microsoft Windows should be genuine to run Security Essential on your PC.
Download Link: Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials Website
Microsoft Security Essentials 4.4.304.0 Now Available for Download The Windows Administrator Center
Microsoft Security Essentials Updated WindowsObserver
Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer 2.3Date Published: 11/12/2013
The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations. MBSA 2.3 release adds support for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012. Windows 2000 will no longer be supported with this release.
Download link: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3
To easily assess the security state of Windows machines, Microsoft offers the free Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool. MBSA includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Microsoft Windows systems.
Additional Information:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3 Adds Support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 WindowsITPro
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2013 R2 (MDOP)Dare Published: 12/02/2013
MDOP is a suite of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. MDOP virtualization technologies help personalize the user experience, simplify application deployment, and improve application compatibility with the Windows operating system.
Additionally, MDOP helps you manage and secure your device, enabling monitoring, and deployment of key Windows features.
Download link: MDOP
Additional Information:Announcing MDOP 2013 R2 Springboard Series Blog
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2013 R2 now available ZDNet
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Administrative Templates v2.0