August, 2006

  • Microsoft Acquisitions and Strategy

    Don Dodge, Microsoft's Director of Business Development for emerging businesses, has an interesting post on his blog about how Microsoft approaches acquisitions, the sweet spot of $50-200 million where we've had the most success, etc. He also has a list...
  • Good Review of Exchange 2007 on Infoworld

    InfoWorld has a very positive review of Exchange 2007 on their website. http://www.infoworld.com/reports/32SRexchange.html InfoWorld: "Multiple precooked configs, a vastly improved Web client, a power command line, and bundled anti-malware add up...
  • Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, and Others Collaborate on Service Modeling Language

    Microsoft and a bunch of other major tech vendors announced publication of a draft specification for an XML language for system management. The spec is called the Service Modeling Language (SML) which is derived from a lot of the work Microsoft has been...
  • Two Books on Storage Area Networks and Virtualization

    I picked up two books this weekend on storage area networks (SAN) and SAN virtualization. The first is Resilient Storage Networks by Greg Schulz and the second is Storage Virtualization by Tom Clark . Since there are relatively few books out there on...
  • Remote Access to Exchange, SharePoint and Terminal Server

    One of my current projects is an architecture for an advanced technology demonstration lab. Basically a sandbox environment where the customer is going to test upcoming Microsoft and other vendor's products. The goal is to provide remote access to the...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 1 is Released!

    Beta 1 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager is up on the connect.microsoft.com site. More information and details can be found here and here . I'll be installing it today and will post some details once I've run it through a bunch of scenarios.
  • IE 7 Release Candidate 1 is Now Available

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx Dowloads available for XP SP2, Server 2003 SP1 both x86 and x64. Here's a link to a post on the IE team's blog about RC1 installation changes.
  • Great Info on 64-bit Vista Security and Patchguard

    I was reading a post on Steve Riley's blog that linked to a couple of very interesting posts by Jeff Jones on his Think Security blog. He goes into quite a bit of detail on Patchguard and also interviews Forrest Foltz who is a Patchguard Architect at...
  • Redmond Magazine Interview with Stephen Toulouse of the Microsoft Security Response Center

    Redmond Magazine did a good interview with Stephen Toulouse, the guy who runs the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). As most of you know the MSRC is the central point of control and coordination that Microsoft uses for identifying, managing, and...
  • Vista and Longhorn Remote Access Features

    Over on the Routing and Remote Access Blog , they list some of the RRAS features coming in Vista and Longhorn including routing compartments, NAP enforcement for VPN clients, IPv6, AES encryption algorithm, and some improved usability features.