Saturday, December 13, 2008

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i Beta 2

McAfee is pleased to announce the Beta 2 for VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i and AntiSpyware Enterprise Module 8.7.

This new release adds a number of new features that improve performance of malware scanning as well as a number of functional and usability improvements. Providing this new functionality required architectural changes to the product infrastructure. While we have performed extensive testing to ensure that these changes don’t impact the overall stability of the product, we urge you to download this beta version, test all features in environments that are similar to your production environments, and provide us feedback to help us further improve the stability and quality of the release.

In addition to the new features provided in Beta 1, there are several changes and additions for Beta 2. Please see New Product Features below and the product release notes for details of these changes.


McAfee also invites you to preview the next generation of McAfee tray icon technology by downloading and installing the “McTray 2.0 Technology Preview” using the button below. This is a locally installable executable that replaces the existing McAfee Tray icons and incorporates a new “look and feel.” This technology preview will expire on July 31, 2008, at which time the application will expire and require an uninstall to return to previous tray icon functionality. Feedback on McTray 2.0 should be delivered through the existing VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i feedback mechanisms which include the beta message boards, email, and beta feedback form.

Soon Other Links will be uploaded for Beta 2

Beta Schedule

VSE Beta 1 - 10 Apr 2008
VSE Beta 2 - 12 Jun 2008

Key features and improvements in Beta 1

* Support for Microsoft Windows 2008 Server (Longhorn).
* Improved local control of on-demand scans (ODS)
• Monitors battery state & full screen awareness then allows the end user to delay scheduled ODS when system is low on battery or during full screen presentations
* ODS usability improvements
• Right click ODS now prompts the user to choose to either (a) Clean any malware, or (b) Continue (report only).
* Enhanced system throttling
• Includes registry and memory scanning, in addition to file scanning
* Additional Access Protection Rules for virtual machines
• Prevents changes to the VMware settings and configuration, files and folders, and active processes
* New mail scanner
• Improved reliability with double-byte and multi-byte languages

New or changed features for Beta 2

* The ePolicy Orchestrator 4.0 extension for this release has been changed from supporting VirusScan Enterprise versions 8.5i and 8.7i to supporting only VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i. To place the Beta 2 version of VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i under ePO management, extract the extension from the VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i Beta 2 package and check it into ePO.
* An “Alert when a cookie detection” option has been added to the reports tab of each ODS task to control the logging and alerting of cookie detections when AntiSpyware Enterprise is installed. This option is enabled by default in Beta 2 so it will function like Beta 1, but will be disabled by default in the final product release.
* A “Scan Processes on enable” option has been added to the General tab of the On-access Scanner (OAS) General Settings to control the scanning of running processes when OAS is enabled. This option is enabled by default.
* Real-time Malware Defense is a new feature which allows VirusScan Enterprise to check a file being scanned against updated detection information on a McAfee server during ODS and On-Delivery Email scans. A drop-down box titled “Heuristic network check for suspicious files" has been added to the Performance tab of each ODS task and the Scan Items tab of the On-Delivery Email Scan Properties. Please see the product readme for more details.
* The ability to set Buffer Overflow exclusions by API has been re-introduced into this Beta release of VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i.
* Quarantining of cookie detections has been turned off by default and will now require a registry key modification to turn on.

These are preliminary hardware and software requirements. Verify that your server or workstation meets these system requirements before you start the installation process:

Processor: Intel Pentium processor or compatible architecture. Minimum processor speed depends on the minimum required for the operating system you will be running on.

Operating system: Any of the following Microsoft Windows platforms.


* Windows 2000 Server, with Service Pack 4
* Windows 2000 Advanced Server, with Service Pack 4
* Windows Server 2003, with Service Pack 1 or 2
* Windows Server 2003 R2
* Windows Storage Server 2003
* Windows Server 2008


* Windows XP Home Edition, with Service Pack 1, 2, or 3
* Windows 2000 Professional, with Service Pack 4
* Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, with Service Pack 1, 2, or 3
* Windows XP Professional, with Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
* Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, with Service Pack 3
* Windows Vista Home Basic
* Windows Vista Home Premium
* Windows Vista Business
* Windows Vista Enterprise
* Windows Vista Ultimate

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or later.

Windows Installer: Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI), version 3.1 or later.

Memory: To be determined. For optimal operating system performance, review the Microsoft guidelines for RAM configuration for the operating system you are installing on.

Free disk space: A minimum of 150MB for a complete installation of all the VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i features and components, including a copy of the installation MSI file for repair ability.

Other: A CD-ROM drive or an Internet connection from which you can install or download the product software.




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