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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...
10 Feb 2006
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...
26 Apr 2007
Using ISA Server to Extend Server and Domain Isolation to non-Windows Platforms
One of the biggest pieces of feedback I hear when pitching Server and Domain Isolation to customers (which...btw...is a great first step towards an eventual NAP deployment) is "how will this work with my non-Windows clients?" I don't like to think about interoperability as a binary thing, that is, Server...
20 Jan 2007
It's NAP Chat Time Again (March 13th)!
Don't miss your chance to "hang with" the Enterprise Networking team in cyberspace as they lead a chat on " Deploying NAP end to end in your Enterprise "! If you're unfamiliar with TechNet chats, this is a great opportunity to check one out. Here are the details: Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 Time: 11am...
13 Mar 2007
Get Your NAP (Step-by-Step) On!
A great thing about reaching the B3 milestone for Windows Server "Longhorn" is all the new (and improved) documentation that we get to publish. One such example is a set of new Network Access Protection (aka NAP) "step-by-step" guides to help you setup and test your favorite NAP scenario. For your perusal...
27 Apr 2007
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...
26 Feb 2007
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...
23 Mar 2006
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...
25 Jan 2006
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...
27 Jun 2006
Dodging Silver Bullet Syndrome or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Prepared for NAP (Part 1)
I find it both interesting and exciting to see all the continued industry buzz around the whole network access control space ( read: the long list of acronyms like Microsoft NAP (MNAP), Cisco NAC (CNAC), TCG's TNC (TNC), et al). Perhaps one of the interesting twists to this space is the combined industry...
14 Apr 2007
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...
7 Jun 2007
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...
15 Sep 2007
The 2007 Tour: From SecMan to WinHEC to Interop and on to TechEd
May. What a crazy month! What is it that they say? "May comes in with a joint launch for Forefront and System Center , and goes out with a Windows Server 2008 demo for a BillG keynote at WinHEC in LA" Maybe I'm confusing the old adage about the month of March. Anyhow, here's a quick recap. On May 15th...
23 May 2007
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...
17 Oct 2006
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...
16 Mar 2008
WinServer Longhorn and WinVista: Like to Two Peas in a Pod...er...On a Network
Your humble blogger returns after surviving a cross-country trip to ol' New York on "vacation". Vacation is in quotes because, well, I need one now that I'm back. On to business! While I was out, J. Nicholas Hoover of InformationWeek published a "Top Seven" (Letterman fans unite) on Windows Vista features...
7 Mar 2007
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...
8 Nov 2007
Now You Can Receive Me In Stereo!
As an FYI, I'm now also blogging on the recently launched Forefront Team Blog on another part of the TechNet blog-o-sphere-o-rama. I posted one that's very relevant to the networking and network security themes of this blog, and thought it would be worth a quasi-cost post plug here: Happy Birthday Windows...
27 Oct 2007
Windows Server 2008 Network Security Webcast
The next few days in the US is Memorial Day weekend, also known as the unofficial start to summer. The means there will be plenty of barbeques, parties, and a Monday off. Well, if you find yourself without something to done during this extended weekend, why not checkout this 90 minute TechNet webcast...
26 May 2007
Great MVP Article on Server and Domain Isolation
I'm just back in the office from a 10 day stint in Malaysia for TechEd SE Asia . It was a great event as well as a fantastic opportunity talk about a number of networking and security solutions that are near and dear to this blogger's heart. While in Kuala Lumpur (or "KL" as I now find myself saying...
13 Sep 2006
Running with Digital Scissors...
We've all heard it before from our parents, teachers, colleagues, friends, et al. There are certain things we shouldn't do (e.g. run with scissors, run by the pool, etc.) because it's just not safe, yet many of us still do these things knowing full well that there could be dire consequences. It should...
12 Oct 2006
That's Right...You're In Control!
This ain't no joke. It's the global launch of Forefront and System Center , and it's a little less than two weeks away. What? You don't already have your calendars marked for May 2nd? You haven't booked your flight to the land of 90210 ? Well, here's your chance to not only experience the shock and awe...
19 Apr 2007
TechNet's Networking and Access Technologies Site Gets a Facelift
One of the great things about TechNet...and there's a lot of great things about TechNet...is the fact it is a living website with new information, guidance, tips, etc. posted as soon as it's ready. Well, this time I'm happy to share with you that we have launched a new and improved " Networking and...
3 Jun 2006
Do you know the way to RSA?
It's that time of year again, when a huge subset of the information security industry (vendors, pundits and practitioners) make their way to Northern California for the annual RSA Conference . I'm off to the airport in a few hours to make my way south to San Jose for what must be my 6th or 7th visit...
13 Feb 2006
TechEd 2007 Security Track Goes On-line
Guess what? TechEd 2007 is next week! Yup. And, to help make your TechEd experience even better, my pals over in the Trustworthy Computing Group have launched a brand new " TechEd Security Track 2007 " site off of Microsoft.com. Check it out at: http://www.microsoft.com/security/teched/default.mspx What...
30 May 2007
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