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Endpoint Protection

Survey: IT Pros Want to Secure Endpoints Daily but Don’t Have the Time

If you work in IT today, you are walking on a razor’s edge trying to get security right. The Adaptiva 2018 Endpoint Security Survey can help you avoid missteps. We polled over 300 IT professionals about Windows security in a business environment. Findings include: Windows 10 deployments measured (past the half way point!) Security hygiene tasks prioritized Staffing shortages The biggest help desk time sinks So much more …   Windows 10 Deployments Pass the “50/50” Milestone Adaptiva has been polling IT pros about their Windows 10 deployment plans and progress since the OS was released in 2015. Windows 10 is crucial for IT security. In fact, security is the top reason enterprises are moving to Windows 10—if you don’t count “we have to in order to keep getting support.” For the fir...

Last Reminder – System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard is the Free Report

Today’s the last day to get your copy of September 2017’s free System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) report, System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard, by CLICKING HERE! System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard Ever since December 2015, when System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard was last the free report we’ve received several requests for it, so we thought we’d put it in last month’s poll. Guess what? It ended up winning, so it is now September 2017’s free report. In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform versi...

Reminder – System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard is the Free Report

Don’t forget to get your copy of September 2017’s free System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) report, System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard, by CLICKING HERE today! System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard Ever since December 2015, when System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard was last the free report we’ve received several requests for it, so we thought we’d put it in last month’s poll. Guess what? It ended up winning, so it is now September 2017’s free report. In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform version...

Reducing the Effects of Endpoint Protection on Hyper-V Server Performance

By Garth Jones Recently, I noticed that one of my Hyper-V test labs consistently had a Disk Queue Length of 5 or more disk read/writes. A disk queue length of one or more means that there’s a bottleneck every time the server/application tries to access the disks. In most cases, the server/application is doing nothing. This explains why you will see pauses in your server/application when it is stuck waiting. Since disk I/O is the number one killer of VM performance, anything to reduce it is a good thing! This blog post will focus solely on reducing unnecessary disk I/O caused by Endpoint Protection (when it scans for viruses and malware) in System Center Configuration Manager. Not too long ago, I wrote a blog post about how to exclude VHD* files from Endpoint Protection scanning, but I want...

Configuration Manager, Endpoint Protection and Hyper-V

By Garth Jones More and more companies are using Endpoint Protection in System Center Configuration Manager, along with the Hyper-V role, to virtualize computers within their environments. It should be noted that in order to get the most out of the Hyper-V role you should exclude VHD* files from being scanned by any antivirus (AV) products, including Endpoint Protection. Excluding these files will prevent unnecessary AV scans on these very large files which then helps to increase disk I/O. This blog post will show you how to exclude VHD* files from Endpoint Protection scanning. Start by opening the Configuration Manager console and expanding Endpoint Protection | Antimalware Policies. Next, select the Default Client Antimalware Policy and click on the Properties button. In the Default Anti...

Unlock SCEP Data with New SSRS Reports

Frustrated with Microsoft’s built-in System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) reports? Enhanced Web Reporting’s new SSRS reports make it easier for you to understand what’s happening in your environment. Three new reports will show you the quick and full scan times of PCs based on collection and specific model types, as well as show you the client impact that each scan type has on a specific computer model. Watch this video! Here’s what one of our customers had to say: “The average scan times per model revealed what we could expect for a given model, anything over that we could drill down to and remediate. The same report also told us how much quicker our newer kit was compared to our older models, which was a tangible result. What we got with these new SCEP reports is the evidence to make...

Forefront Endpoint Protection – Synchronization of Definition Update Releases with WSUS/ConfigMgr

The following information can be used to reduce delays between the release of new FEP definition releases, and when the new definitions are available to WSUS/Configuration Manager. Delta FEP Definitions Released daily (every 8 hours) via Windows Update and WSUS at: 3 AM (EST) 11 AM (EST) 7 PM (EST)   Rebased FEP Definitions Released once a month. (“Patch Tuesday”) Includes antivirus and antispyware definitions Accumulation of previous months base file and delta definitions that were released since the previous rebase.   The frequency at which the updates are available to target computers is dependent upon a couple of factors: The frequency at which WSUS synchronizes with Windows Update. The process used for approving the updated definitions for deployment.     Reference...

How to install Endpoint Protection Point in SCCM 2012 R2

In part 1 of this blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our Server and Active Directory. In part 2, we installed and configured SQL in order to install SCCM. In part 3, we installed a stand-alone Primary site. In the next 16 parts, we will describe how to install the numerous Site Systems roles available in SCCM. Role installation… Read More »The post How to install Endpoint Protection Point in SCCM 2012 R2 appeared first on System Center Dudes.