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  • Blog Post: An IPsec is an IPSec is an IPSEC

    So, it's been a while since I've had the chance to post to my blog. One of the reasons is I've been heads down working on some new content for our IPsec and Server and Domain Isolation offerings. One thing that keeps catching my attention, is that IPsec can be found spelled a number of different ways...
  • Blog Post: WinServer "Longhorn" B3: This time it's "Ready, Set, (Download), and Evaluate!"

    That's right Windows Server "Longhorn" fans, Beta 3 is ready for your evaluation! Simply visit http://www.microsoft.com/getbeta3 , and you're halfway there to trying out the first major public preview of our next generation of Windows Server. As our press release touts: "[With] Beta 3, customers...
  • Blog Post: An IPsec is an IPSec is an IPSEC (Redux)

    It's back: my rant about the way people spell, type, case, et. al. the word IPsec. Yup, sounds petty, but everyone needs their own mountain to climb, and for me it's trying to change the way the world spells IPsec. My loyal readers will likely recall my previous rant/venting exercise ( An IPsec is an...
  • Blog Post: Keep Unsecured Machines Off Your Network (A WinIT Pro Podcast)

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Karen Forster of Windows IT Pro magazine to record a podcast about a whole slew of things related to our network security solutions (aka policy-driven network access solutions): Keep Unsecured Machines Off Your Network: Microsoft Talks...
  • Blog Post: What, Doesn't Everyone Know About Server and Domain Isolation?

    I just had a great email exchange with Jesper Johansson about Server and Domain Isolation and realized that although we've done a lot work over the last 6 to 8 months to raise awareness, we still have a bit of a ways to go. So, I figured it was worthwhile to point out a couple, relatively new resources...
  • Blog Post: This is not your father's IPsec

    I’m just back from a quick trip out to New York City. A few members of the Windows networking program management team and I met with a bunch of key customers to chat about networking and security. Our goal was to learn more about the challenges they are facing and how our current and future technologies...
  • Blog Post: Using Server Isolation to Protect Your KMS Servers

    Did you know that you can use a targeted IPsec -based Isolation solution to help reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your Key Management Service (KMS) Servers? Yup. It's true. This is a great example of using " Server Isolation " as a means to add granular network access controls and end-to-end...
  • Blog Post: It's All About the Networkin' - InfoWorld Review Bullish on Longhorn Server Networking

    Oliver Rist of InfoWorld is not one to beat around the bush when it comes to technical reviews. He is a straight shooter and this is clear in Rist's recent article on Windows Server "Longhorn" : Longhorn: More than just hype Now, I am very proud of all the great work that is going into our new...
  • Blog Post: Packing the Scalable Networking Pack into Service Pack 2

    There's a lot of great stuff to look forward to in the upcoming Service Pack 2 (SP2) release for Windows Server 2003. Among the long list of updates (see Ward's posting to the Windows Server Division's blog for the complete list) are two personal fav's: the Scalable Networking Pack and the IPsec Simple...
  • Blog Post: So, IPv6, Yeah Great, but is it Secure?

    Yesterday evening, just as I was leaving the office, one of my colleagues in WinServer shot me an email about an interesting blog posting by one of our security MVP s on the subject of IPv6 and network security: The (today) need for IPv6 by Alessandro Perilli First off, I'm psyched that more...
  • Blog Post: Oh Yeah! Another Server and Domain Isolation Case Study!

    Okay: it's late and I'm still in the office, but I am super psyched, because we just published another case study for Server and Domain Isolation ! This time, we jet off to Denmark to the Roskilde Technical School . It's the country's most renowned technical colleges serving around 5,000 students...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2007 - Day 4.5: Tolly Group White Paper Published!

    So, I've talked a lot about this white paper that the Tolly Group published in my Networking Session on Tuesday. Well, it is now up and ready for download from our TechNet Networking site ! Here's the direct link: Enhanced Network Performance with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Here...
  • Blog Post: IPv6: The Future is Here Now - ISATAP and Manageable Migration

    Thinking about IPv6 ? Good! Are you worried that it is going to take you a long time to get all your gear, systems, applications, etc. upgraded to actually do IPv6? Well, I've got some good news for you: It's not going to be as hard as you think. To help you get started with planning, testing and...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for Windows Vista? Checkout the new Firewall

    There's a lot of excitement brewing around the next release of Windows, and one area that has received a huge facelift (not just from a look and feel, but across the board) is the Windows Firewall. Not only was it built on the new Windows Filtering Platform (WFP), it adds support for inbound and outbound...
  • Blog Post: Yet Another Great Use for IPsec - Secure Active Directory Replication

    On a recent internal discussion alias, a question came up about using IPsec to securely connect Active Directories that are separated by firewalls. This happens to be a very common scenario for IPsec: securely replicating domain controllers on opposite sides of a firewall (or multiple firewalls). ...
  • Blog Post: Test Drive Server and Domain Isolation!

    Yes. I agree that it took us long enough to get this thing posted since I first mentioned it back in February . Nevertheless, you can now download the kick ass Server and Domain Isolation demo/lab that Microsoft MVP and Virtualization and Security Guru Ronald Beekelaar built for us: Server and Domain...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2007 - Day 4: TLC Fun! (Recap)

    Once more, I'm plagued by horrifically poor bandwidth on the hotel network. After having dinner with Sean (aka Sean v6 ) at the Bahama Breeze , and dodging some hardcore downpours with lots of loud thunder and nearby lightening to boot, I returned to my humble temporary abode to check email, surf for...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from the Future (Or, At Least GMT+8)

    It's the Saturday following my week here in Kuala Lumpur (aka KL) and TechEd 2007 SEA (aka South East Asia). The week was a good time, and it was great to connect with the local 'softies, MVPs, partners, and of course, the regional customers. I delivered two sessions, both basically repeats of my sessions...
  • Blog Post: Better Together Networking Scenarios w/ Vista and Longhorn Server

    Last week I delivered two webcasts for the Windows Vista TAP program members on a number of "better together" networking scenarios when you have Windows Vista on the client and Windows Server "Longhorn" on the back end. Here's a link to one of the webcasts we recorded: Better Together: Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Article Alert: Policy-Driven Network Access with Windows Server 2008

    While it has been nearly three months since I moved from the role as product manager for Windows Server networking to the Exchange Server team , I still get the occasional opportunity to strut my old networking stuff. One such example is a recent article I co-authored with Amith Krishnan (product manager...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2007 - Day 5: IPsecapalooza 2007 (recap)

    Day 5 (which was yesterday) was rough one. I'd been fighting a cold for most of my visit here in FLA, and it came back to haunt me during my last session Thursday afternoon. I did a spiel about how you can simplify your Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 based Server and Domain Isolation deployments...
  • Blog Post: Broadcom Takes IPsec to Task (Offload That Is)!

    Our friends over at Broadcom announced on Tuesday (November 6th) a new super cool, 65nm Gigabit Ethernet controller that will incorporate support for Window Vista's IPsec Task Offload functionality! As my boss' boss said in the press release: "Thanks to Broadcom's inclusion of IPsec task offload support...
  • Blog Post: Brand Spanking New Server and Domain Isolation Case Study

    Hot off the presses, we've just published a brand spanking new customer case study about how the City of Sapporo (Japan) implemented a Server and Domain Isolation solution. Here's a link to the case study (which you can also find with several case studies on our our Server and Domain Isolation TechNet...
  • Blog Post: I Can See Clearly Now the Firewall is On...

    Thanks to a posting by my hall-mate and fellow S B TU'er Jeff Jones , I'm trying out the beta of Windows Live Writer for this blog entry. What's neat is it looks like Office OneNote (which I use to write most of my posts to begin with), but it can publish right to my blog. Moving on. We've just published...
  • Blog Post: Joint IPv6 White Paper Scales to 256-Bit Length Addresses

    Okay, that was a little bit sensational, if not an outright fib. What's no joke is a newly published joint white paper Juniper Networks and Microsoft have co-developed to talk about deploying end-to-end IPv6 scenarios. Heck, we felt that whole end-to-end bit was such a good thing we named the white paper...