Microsoft are offering a new public beta of their Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) anti malware product and the good news is that our friend Drashna Jael’re bought to our attention that it installs on both Windows Home Server v1 as well as Vail too.
This is great news for Windows Home Server as MSE will provide a great free antivirus solution for Home Server users
And this new 2.0.0375.0 version also has the following new features:
- Windows Firewall integration allows you to turn on or off the Windows Firewall during setup.
- Enhanced protection from web-based threats by allowing MSEs an enhanced integration with Internet Explorer which helps prevent malicious scripts from running and provides improved protection against web based attacks.
- New protection engine – The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
- Network inspection system – Provides functionality to help protect from network-based exploits.
NOTE: The network protection feature, under "Settings" – "Real-time protection" which inspects your network traffic and blocks suspicious connections only works in Windows 7 and Vista (and thus Vail as its based on Server 2008 which is the same code base as Windows 7) and is not available in XP or Windows 2003, including Windows Home Server v1.
This public beta is currently available to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People’s Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).
To download either the 32 or 64 bit version, visit the Microsoft Connect site and fill out the beta registration form. Once registered, you will find instructions for downloading and installing the beta.