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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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying Client Security Without Sacrificing Protection

    Following on to my posting from yesterday , the fine folks over in TechNet have published a Security Viewpoint article I wrote about our new " security client " solution offering. Entitled Simplifying Client Security Without Sacrificing Protection , the article focuses on the three elements of the solution...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Gone Podcastin' - New Podcasts on 10G Networking with Longhorn and IPsec Interop

    Checkout these two recent podcasts: Server and Domain Isolation with Fernando Cima (MSFT Brazil) This podcast is from Port 25 which is run by the gang over in Microsoft's Open Software Labs. Fernando is a member of the Security Center of Excellence and one of the developers of a new Server and...
  • 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: 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: 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: Back from Beantown with More News About the Scalable Networking Pack

    I'm just back from a week at TechEd 2006 (which kicked major butt) and a week's vacation before that. In addition to trying to dig out of my Inbox, install the latest builds of Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn", file my expenses, and restore my office to original spec following a prank pulled...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...