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    I have just watched a web video on all the great improvements of OneCare 2.0. This product goes so far beyond typical "internet security suites" by monitoring and healing many security and performance issues before they become problematic.

     

    A lot of people may not realize the many things OneCare does "behind the scenes" to optimize Windows, but hopefully the word will be getting out soon.

     

    Small businesses (typically with less than 20 users) are just now being targeted for OneCare subscriptions through the offering of Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Single Open Licenses. Unlike consumer retail or OEM licenses, the volume licensing model allows administrators to view all computers on the network with OneCare to monitor, update and repair.

     

    The product is not meant to compete directly with Microsoft's great Forefront Client Security product, which has some powerful management and reporting tools and is preferred for most enterprise utilizations.

     

    C7S-00207 is the SKU for the OneCare 2.0 open license. Costs vary, but as of this writing you can get a TWO YEAR single license for about $80.

     

    You can also run OneCare 2.0 retail and OEM product in a SBS network. The problem is that administrators don't have the same ease at monitoring. If you had, say, 15 Windows workstations, you could purchase 5 retail licenses and install on 3 computers each. This might be a good solution for some people, but administrators still in most cases rely on the end user not to ignore or delay OneCare warnings and advisories.

     

    It has been reported that Microsoft's next version of Small Business Server ("Cougar") will have a client security product modeled after Forefront, too.

     

    Now, if Microsoft could enable OneCare 2.0 to be installed directly on a SBS 2003 server, that would be great.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:27 AM

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