Only Microsoft OSes are on the list, but Forefront components are available for Exchange Server, Share Point and ISA2006.It can operate in centralised or distributed modes, and uses MOM2005 and SQL Server 2005 to provide all reporting features.From the FCS console, you create and deploy security policies to ensure clients receive the necessary components.We found the deployment easy enough in our AD domain, as we could pick and choose from organisational units and Group Policy objects, allowing us to apply policies to different users and groups.The FCS console opens with three graphs showing an overview of systems reporting critical issues, along with those that have no issues or haven’t reported in.
Smaller businesses will find the long-winded installation process for FCS tedious, but once set up correctly FCS is simple to manage and maintain.
Microsoft antimalware definition updates accumulate over time and can affect more than just database resources and disk resources on the Windows Server Update Service server.
When a client connects to the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) server, the client retrieves a list of all the approved updates that are offered and then must parse the list to determine which updates need to be installed.
The best method of handling this is to use WSUS, allowing you to centralise management and approval of all agent updates.
For testing, we opted for a centralised installation and selected a dual 3GHz Xeon 5160 server to handle both WSUS and FCS services.