The detail of the updates for June is below:
A short article in the TechNet magazine: 4 Security Technologies Every IT Organization Must Have
TechEd IT Forum is Microsoft’s premier European conference designed to provide IT professionals with technical training, information and community resources to build, plan, deploy and manage the secure connected enterprise.
Last year I had to disappoint a lot of Irish IT Professional as I simply wasn't in a position to get them into this event... as it sold out 2 months before the start date! I really don't want to be in that position again this year so I am getting the word out loud and clearly now.
Evolving from last year's four day (plus Pre-Conference) event structure, the new FIVE-day event now offers a greater choice of content than ever before.
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In this week's TechNet newsletter I referenced Jeff Jones' security blog and his 'April year to date security vulnerability scorecard'. However, he has just emailed me to let me know that he's literally just published the Windows Vista - 6 Month Vulnerability Report. Check it out - it makes for interesting reading.
Microsoft Forefront - codename "Stirling" has just been announced at TechEd in Orlando. Stirling is an all inclusive management console for security, encompassing everything from desktop AV to Firewall.
This product will address a number of pain points felt by the IT Professionals who tasked with implementing and maintaining a secure and well managed infrastrucutre within their organisations. Today IT Pros have to grapple with multiple security products, consoles and interfaces that are not integrated - leaving it next to impossible to get a single view of the security state of the infrastructure.
The good news is that Forefront codename “Stirling” is a single product that delivers unified security management and reporting with comprehensive, coordinated protection across clients, server applications, and the network edge. Through its deep integration with the existing infrastructure, such as Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft System Center, customers can reduce complexity, making it easier to achieve a more secure and well-managed infrastructure.
We will have to wait until early 2008 to get our hands on the first public beta of this product. However, it nice to see that this one-stop-shop management console concept is an integral part of the Microsoft Forefront security product roadmap and plans.
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This release is available here:
32bit Version: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=205&DownloadID=6741
64bit Version: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=205&DownloadID=6740
DPM 2007 Beta 2 is designed to provide a best-of-breed protection and the most robust, reliable recovery experience for Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint. Try out the new standard for Windows backup and recovery - DPM 2007 combines the best aspects of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and traditional tape backup with a seamlessly integrated disk and tape platform. Learn how you can use DPM 2007 to perform better backups as well as rapid and reliable recoveries while significantly reducing the costs and complexities associated with data protection.
DPM 2007 is the first backup product engineered from the ground up with Longhorn server in mind. Leveraging the Windows VSS infrastructure as well as a brand new volume filter, DPM is able to efficiently track block level changes on a Longhorn server with significantly less disk or processor overhead than seen in previous solutions. It also includes support for advanced application configurations on Longhorn like Cluster Continuous and Local Continuous replication for Exchange.
Listed below are just some of the new features that DPM Beta 2 includes:
Your testing and feedback on System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 1 contributed to the quality of Beta 2 and is much appreciated. We are excited for you to see the great work our product team has done, and we very much look forward to your feedback on this build as we make a significant step toward the final release.
You may download the following important Beta 2 documents from Connect downloads (https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=205&DownloadID=6599&wa=wsignin1.0):
Please also check out our beta FAQ
The Microsoft Technology User Group in Cork is hosting an event on Windows Server 2008 (Previously known as code name "Longhorn" Server).
In this session, Dave Northey will cover some of the scenarios which will make "Longhorn" server a must-have for IT organisations when it comes out later this year. Scenarios covered will include: Server Management, Security & Policy Enforcement, Branch Office, Centralised Application Access, Web & Application Platform, Server Virtualisation and High Availability.
Click here for more information and registration.
Ensure you are being informed of events such as this one on an on-going basis.
This document provides an overview of Linux IPsec solutions as well as detailed discussions on configuring IPsec-Tools for interoperability scenarios between Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4
It describes the configuration and testing of IPsec interoperability scenarios performed between Linux and Windows Vista at the Microsoft OSS Labs. It provides an overview of the available IPsec solutions in Linux, detailed walkthroughs on the configuration of IPsec-Tools in Linux, and the results and insights obtained from the testing. The primary goal of the testing was to discover the level of IPsec interoperability between Linux and Microsoft's and Windows Vista Ultimate (all testing happened on the Beta).
Click here to read the full article on Port 25.