SCM 3.0 with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and IE 10 baselines Now in beta

SCM is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers whether their located on desks, in traditional datacenter, or in a private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager. To learn more about the current version of Security Compliance Manager, SCM 2.5, visit the TechNet Library More info about SCM get it here.


Secure your environment with new product baselines for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Windows Internet Explorer 10. The beta release of Security Compliance Manager (SCM) 3.0 provides all the same great features for these new baselines, as well as an enhanced setting library for these new Microsoft products. This beta release includes fixes that resolve many previously reported issues in the setting library. The updated setting library also gives you the ability to further customize baselines. SCM 3.0 provides a single location for you to create, manage, analyze, and customize baselines to secure your environment faster and more efficiently.

As part of a select group of our key customers, we invite you to participate in the Beta Review Program of these new product baselines that include security enhancements for the following server roles and features:

Windows Server 2012 Security Baselines:

  • Domain Controller Security Compliance
  • Domain Security Compliance
  • Hyper-V Security Compliance
  • Member Server Security Compliance
  • Web Server Security Compliance

Windows 8 Security Baselines:

  • BitLocker Security
  • Computer Security Compliance
  • Domain Security Compliance

User Security Compliance:

  • Internet Explorer 10 Security Baselines:
  • Computer Security Compliance
  • User Security Compliance

What is not available in this beta release

The ability to export compliance data using formats that work with the DCM feature in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) is temporarily blocked in the new baselines for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Internet Explorer 10. This functionality will be enabled in the next beta release update.

This beta release includes five baselines for Windows Server 2012. The following additional server role baselines will be included in the next beta release update:

  • Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • DNS Server
  • DHCP Server
  • File Services
  • Network Policy and Access Servers
  • Print Services
  • Remote Access
  • Remote Desktop Services

If you perform a clean installation of SCM 3.0 Beta on a computer running either Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 that does not also have Microsoft SQL Server software installed on it, you may receive the following compatibility warning message.



A setting named Configure Windows SmartScreen in the Windows 8 Computer Security baseline may not be set in the registry correctly after its Group Policy Object (GPO) is applied. This is a known issue in this beta release that will be fixed in the final commercial release of SCM. The workaround to resolve this issue is to disable or not configure this setting in the baseline before exporting the GPO.

If you export the Windows 8 Computer Security Compliance baseline into a GPO, import the GPO into SCM 3.0 Beta, and then export it to a computer running a Windows operating system earlier than Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, an application exception message may appear. This is a known issue in this beta release that will be fixed in the final commercial release of SCM. The workaround to resolve this issue is to disable the setting named Configure Windows SmartScreen before clicking GPO Backup (folder) in the Export area of the Action pane in SCM 3.0 Beta.

Author: Robert Smit [MVP]

Robert Smit is Senior Technical Evangelist and is a current Microsoft MVP in Clustering as of 2009. Robert has over 20 years experience in IT with experience in the educational, health-care and finance industries. Robert’s past IT experience in the trenches of IT gives him the knowledge and insight that allows him to communicate effectively with IT professionals who are trying to address real concerns around business continuity, disaster recovery and regulatory compliance issues. Robert holds the following certifications: MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCTS - Windows Server Virtualization, MCSE, MCSA and MCPS. He is an active participant in the Microsoft newsgroup community and is currently focused on Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, SQL Server, Azure and all things related to Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Optimalization. Follow Robert on Twitter @ClusterMVP Or follow his blog Linkedin Profile Http:// Robert is also capable of transferring his knowledge to others which is a rare feature in the field of IT. He makes a point of not only solving issues but also of giving on the job training of his colleagues. A customer says " Robert has been a big influence on our technical staff and I have to come to know him as a brilliant specialist concerning Microsoft Products. He was Capable with his in-depth knowledge of Microsoft products to troubleshoot problems and develop our infrastructure to a higher level. I would certainly hire him again in the future. " Details of the Recommendation: "I have been coordinating with Robert implementing a very complex system. Although he was primarily a Microsoft infrastructure specialist; he was able to understand and debug .Net based complext Windows applications and websites. His input to improve performance of applications proved very helpful for the success of our project

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