As the post title suggests, the new MS Security Essentials Beta will now install on Windows Home Server V1 and Vail Preview (beta) in both 32 & 64 bit flavors!
Now, it’s not officially stated by MS as being supported, but it does install and run without a hitch where the current public release of Security Essentials does not even install. Theory is that if it were a bad thing to install, MS would not allow it to do so.
What’s New in the Microsoft Security Essentials beta?
This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes these new features and enhancements to better help protect your computer from threats:
- Windows® Firewall integration: Microsoft Security Essentials setup allows you to turn on Windows Firewall.
- Enhanced protection from web-based threats: Microsoft Security Essentials has enhanced integration with Internet Explorer® which helps prevent malicious scripts from running and provides improved protection against web based attacks.
- New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities and better performance.
Many have attested a clean install and runs perfectly. I’ve got it installed on a test WHS rig and can say….so far so good. I also replaced all my network PC’s installation of the current public release with the new beta (XP & Win-7) and it runs nicely too.
Currently, there is not a WHS Add-in for Security Essentials, which is no deal breaker really. Set it and forget it. Besides, now that it installs on WHS an Add-in may be in the works.
You can get your copy of the beta as MS Connect site after logging in. While you’re there, you could pick up the latest Windows Home Server Beta-Vail and give it a test spin. You will need to use Internet Explorer for the download to work. 😉