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Microsoft Security Essentials Beta Installs on WHS

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.

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  1. gunck says:

    I cannot find this on MSFT Connect.

  2. Ralph says:

    Philip, I couldn’t find this one, there is just a survey.

  3. Ralph says:

    Philip, sorry found it, may be I did not look for it enough. Anyways it came out on time, because the Mcaffe trial version just expired.

  4. TheBeagle says:

    If Ralph could share where he found a download link for the beta software, I’d sure appreciate it. Thanks. TheBeagle

  5. C. Johansson says:

    Worked just fine to download it and install 32-bit version (on WHS v1) outside the countries mentioned.

  6. Ralph says:

    TheBeagle, sorry about that…

    Yesterday I couldn’t download it. Looks there was a problem, but today I downloaded it and is up and running.

    Here is the link for both 32 and 64 bits. “Remember you need to login with your Windows Live ID”, this is a hotmail account or any of other that belongs to the family of Windows Live.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/securityessentials/Downloads

  7. TheBeagle says:

    @ Ralph

    Much Obliged. I found it and d/l the same. This looks like a decent security solution for WHS. Now if MS justs finalizes the beta and also keeps it functional for WHS, we’ll be in very good shape on the security forefront. Again, thanks very much for the find and the post! TheBeagle

  8. pasty2k2 says:

    Downloaded and installed 64bit fine on WHSv2 Vail – UK user here.

  9. RobertOzone says:

    Ok I am late to the game I was not able to find this download using the links provided. All I found was a survey.
    Is it no longer available?
    Is it going to make official release for WHS?

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