Windows Live OneCare for Server private beta started

Paul Thurrott got word from Microsoft that Windows Live OneCare for Server has gone into private beta:

Last month, Microsoft highlighted its Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Live OneCare for Server, upcoming solutions aimed at providing increased security and protection for a small business environment.

Microsoft recently invited a select group of private beta testers who are also testing the Small Business Server 2008 beta to lend feedback on Windows Live OneCare for Server.  Limited to 5,000 testers, this is an important step toward ultimately bringing this solution to the small business environment based on their valuable input.

Windows Live OneCare for Server is designed to work with Windows Small Business Server 2008. OneCare for Server provides anti-malware and security services to help protect and maintain the server.  Additionally, the protection OneCare for Server offers includes:

  • Performance tune-up
  • Removal of unnecessary files
  • Automated backup (of specific file types)
  • Consolidated management

Joe Wilcox posted about the planned release of a version of Windows Live OneCare for servers on February 20th. Steven VanRoekel, senior director of Windows Server Product Solutions, said the software will be bundled with Small Business Server and Essential Server 2008 editions, along with a one-year subscription to Forefront for Exchange.

Small Business Server 2008 will become available in the second half of 2008, the same goes for Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Both Server editions are part of the Windows Essential Server Solutions product family, which got introduced in this article on the Windows Server Division Weblog.