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  • Blog Post: The FEK, AES and FIPs: Acronym Heaven!

    I’ve had several blog posts about the improved security in Windows Vista and Server 2008, particularly around cryptography. Here’s one more, albeit a short one. This post is about how, generally, Encrypted File System (EFS) works using Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) encryption algorithms to...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Certificate Web Enrollment Pages - Available!!

    I am very happy to announce that the Certificate Web Enrollment pages from Server 2008 are available as a free download at last. Just click on the links below to get the pages, then follow the steps in the KB article to install them on your Server 2003 certificate server in order to get Vista and Server...
  • Blog Post: Certificate Web Enrollment from Vista

    One of the enhancements in Windows Vista is the new certificate scripting interface called certenroll. In prior client operating system versions we had the xenroll code which would allow users to enroll for certificates via a web page served out by their Windows Server 2003 certificate authority. For...
  • Blog Post: Certificate Trust List Size Problem Check (PKI)

    Howdy folks! I've posted another PowerShell script which may come in handy for IT admins no matter what services you administer. You can read more about it below, and you can download it from this TechNet Script Center link . Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) relies on the certificates which are being...
  • Blog Post: When Smartcard Logon Doesn't

    Authentication is entering every facet of our lives nowadays. It is common to have multiple passwords: passwords for work, home email, and Internet websites to name a few. It’s easy to have a lot of different passwords, and equally easy to use only one and risk a widespread identity breach. Passwords...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Communication Works

    If you are working in a support or engineering role with Microsoft platform products like the various Windows versions one of the biggest struggles you can have is understanding what to expect in code and on the network when Windows computers communicate to each other and other platforms.  Documentation...
  • Blog Post: All The Logging In The World

    There’s normal troubleshooting and then there’s the stuff you do when the basic troubleshooting doesn’t get things resolved. Normal troubleshooting can be things like selecting “last known good” on a reboot after installing a new driver and having a blue screen. Or perhaps uninstalling and then reinstalling...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Web Enrollment and Version 3 Templates

    Certificate Services in Server 2008 has had a lot of changes and enhancements. Some are obvious and documented well, and others are not obvious and not so well documented. Case in point is an additional aspect of Server 2008 certificate web enrollment. Some of you may recall some discussion regarding...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Certificate Web Enrollment Pages for Download

    There’s be a lot of demand for the web enrollment pages from Server 2008. For those that have contacted me directly I apologize for the trouble I’ve had getting back to everyone on these. I also know that it some people expressed frustration over having to contact Microsoft Customer Services and Support...