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  • Blog Post: ADMX policy missing or blank - bug

    When you create a policy with a custom ADMX template which uses a registry key outside of the standard 4 recommended locations (below) and open up your group policy editor using gpedit.msc, the policy will not be listed and you will get no error. The workaround is to use the group policy editor which...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 event for IT Pros and Developers

    Attend the Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter event on Thursday, March 26th and learn the core of what all IT Pros and Developers need to know about IE 8. You will gain a deeper understanding of the new features, security, deployment best practices, compatibility and migration, and where IE stands with...
  • Blog Post: Meet Lone Server's friend and discover the truth

    Ok, I had the chance to meet up with the friend, Jeff Toews, who has known Lone Server for about 7-8 years now (yes, he really does exist). Lone Server does indeed exist, however, it probably won't be much longer before he starts to hit the gym (aka upgraded) so he can get some chicks. You can check...
  • Blog Post: FTP in IIS7 is sweet

    The new FTP program that comes as a separate download from Longhorn server is sweet and a MUCH needed upgrade to our FTP. The new IIS7 FTP server includes secure publishing with FTP/SSL (FTPS) support, integrated web publishing with support for the IIS7 configuration system and administration tool -...
  • Blog Post: Server 2008 / Vista SP2 CPP released

    Today Windows Server 2008 and Vista released Service Pack 2 (pre-RTM) through the Customer Preview Program (CPP). MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download the SP2 CPP now, everyone else will have access this Thursday 12/14. What’s pretty interesting is for the first time the same single service pack...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Installation Switches

    Below is a list of all of the Silverlight 1, 2, and 3 installation switches available and their description. This will be included in the Silverlight Enterprise Deployment guide v2 which I’m writing - to be released soon. In the mean time, here they are for your assistance: The Silverlight install...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) - New features for IT Pros

    SQL Katmai was recently officially branded SQL Server 2008. The June community technology preview (CTP) is the 1 st publicly available release which was announced at TechEd 2007. Microsoft has publicly committed to releasing the product in 2008, but nothing more specific than that. A guess would be RTM...
  • Blog Post: Server 2008 Password Policies - PSOs

    In Server 2003 or R2 one of the major limitations was the ability to only have one password policy per domain. The product team realized this was a major pain point for many customers, so they hooked Server 2008 up with some new password policy functionality which is available in Beta 3. In Server...
  • Blog Post: Forefront IAG ISA Client Antigen Exchange Edge Security

    Confused yet? I know that I was when I first started hearing this term Forefront... Is "Forefront" just a client/server security product or something else? Forefront simply is a name that MS is branding onto our security related products. Forefront is divided into three categories of client, server...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program (like a TAP or RDP)

    Would you like to learn about or use Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, or the next version of Forefront Edge? If you're based in USA and 'fit the bill', I'll get you an invite to the IT Pro Momentum portal. If you're in Ireland - contact Dave Northey . You can profile a project which uses one of...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Stirling – Public Beta Overview

    With the launch of the 1 st public beta for Forefront Stirling on April 8 th , I thought it would be relevant to do a post this week on it. This release proves that the Stirling vision scenario in my previous blog article is becoming a reality. “Stirling” seems to be thrown around quite a bit and can...
  • Blog Post: New SSL FTP on IIS7 screencast

    This is a sweet screencast on the new FTP included with IIS7 (I referenced it on my previous blog post). It relevant for us IT Pros and it doesn't come up when you search for "FTP" on channel9, so here it is: http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=319223 There are demos on: Integrated...
  • Blog Post: Edge is Coming!

    I recently found out about some big news inside of Microsoft here. There is something called "Edge" coming out in the future. Unfortunately at this time, I can't really say any more about it - other than it's going to be really sweet! Technorati tags: Microsoft , Edge
  • Blog Post: FTPS in IIS7 is sweeter

    Yes, I'm not really sure why I chose the word "sweet" the first time around but I figured I might as well stick with it for this post. Microsoft's IIS version 7 is included with Vista and Server 2008. The FTP “windows feature” you install through the control panel under IIS is NOT the full version...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - DNS enhancement nuggets

    There are a number of enhancements to DNS in Windows Server 2008. There are already some lengthy articles on the features, so in this post I hope to give a quick “why you care” on each of the features and some nuggets of wisdom / insight. Here we go… DNS on Server Core : I see this as a very useful...
  • Blog Post: Server 2008 "Longhorn" Component Architecture diagrams downloads

    I finally went through all of the stuff I got at TechEd 2007 and came across a soft copy of those cool Server 2008 color diagrams or posters you may have seen around. I tried searching for them on Microsoft's site, but couldn't find them. So, you can download them from the links below. I must say they...
  • Blog Post: IIS7 on Server Core

    Server core is a capability included in Server 2008 which installs the bare minimum to have one or more roles function properly. There were 7 roles available for server core and at TechEd IIS7 was announced as an addition to the list. IIS7 in server core is available in the June CTP and in all future...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Protection (vs Online) for Exchange – FPE vs FOPE

    In this interview with Mike Chan, I help clarify when you might want to utilize Forefront Protection for Exchange versus Forefront Online Protection for Exchange – or use both. Most of the video is spent white boarding out how things work between FPE / FOPE and Exchange 2010’s security.
  • Blog Post: IE 8 ClickJacking and security PM interview

    I interviewed Kymberlee Price, IE security PM responsible for future research with ClickJacking.  She gives us insight into what research the team is doing in this area as well other great insights into IE security. For a complete breakdown of the contents of the interview, please view this post...
  • Blog Post: Forefront IAG 2007 SP1

    On May 21st, we announced IAG's SP1 - RTM expected around this August. I'll give a summary of the new features coming out with SP1: Vista Client support Details : · Both online and offline installation / updates / removal of Download Manager · Detection of multiple legacy client-security...
  • Blog Post: XP-Mode vs App-V vs Med-V vs VDI

    There are so many virtualization options available from Microsoft, which one do you use when? We cleared this up in a short interview and addressed how these options might help you remediate your legacy applications over to Windows 7. Also, we just launched the XP to Windows 7 Migration process guide...
  • Blog Post: Remove Active Partition

    I couldn't find any good search results on how to remove an active partition on a Windows system (and this is not in the disk management GUI) and eventually figured this out on my own, so I thought I'd share. Of course, this is only useful if you have a drive which no longer contains an operating system...
  • Blog Post: Next operating system after Windows: codename Midori

    The Midori I'm talking about is not an alcohol; it's an "incubation software project" at Microsoft research to try and address the upcoming trends with technology and inherent limitations with the current Windows code base.  For instance, making the operating system more easily and automatically...
  • Blog Post: ISA 2006 versus IAG - Which one to use?

    If you read the only two places where ISA is compared to IAG , it doesn't really give a simple and clear comparison. I hope to do so now in this post. Please post comments if you find other comparison information out there. The two comparisons I found are: Secure Remote Access IAG Frequently Asked...
  • Blog Post: Internet Application Gateway (IAG) - Overview

    Microsoft's Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 just released this February. It is a secure remote access gateway that provides SSL-based application access and protection. So what are some of the cool things that IAG allows you to do? NOTE : All of the items below you can do securely from an...