Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server is the current generation and next evolution of antispam and antivirus protection from Microsoft.
Microsoft’s 2005 acquisition of Front Bridge Technologies Inc., a managed services provider for corporate email compliance, security and high availability, paved the way for its hosted security solution for Exchange, which now includes Forefront Online Protection 2010 for Exchange Server.
Forefront Protection for Exchange Server (On-premises) Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) is an on-premises application that can be implemented in the internal network on the hub transport and mailbox roles.
It can also be implemented in the perimeter network, on the edge transport or threat management gateway (TMG).
This version was enhanced to support the new role-based architecture and leverage the new transport pipeline in Exchange Server 2007.This allows any Exchange Server deployment topology to benefit from antispam protection.Of course, an antispam application will only address half of the problem; you still need an antivirus product to protect the organization from malware.Transport agents were first introduced in Exchange 2007 and can directly leverage the transport pipeline to allow antivirus and antispam applications to proactively scan inbound and outbound email processed by the edge transport server before it enters or exits an organization.
If the edge transport server isn’t deployed, the antispam transport agents can be imported onto a hub transport server role using the install-Antispam Agents.ps1 script.
FPSMC has an intuitive graphical interface that administrators can use for server discovery, configuration deployment, reporting, and quarantine management.