Forthcoming security features for the next version of Windows Server include automatic patch checking and a self-healing file system.
News of the enhancements came at this week’s Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, California The next version of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn”, is due in 2007.
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One of the new features is called "secure-at-install". When a new server is installed as a terminal server or file server, for instance, the system automatically finds and applies the security updates that are relevant to the server’s role.
Windows Server Longhorn will also have a "self-healing" file system, with the server being able to fix itself on the fly, when faced with problems such as disk errors or badly performing processors.
The server will also include Network Access Protection (NAP), which allows companies to perform a health check on PCs connecting to the corporate network, and block them if they do not have the correct security protection and are in danger of infecting the network.