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Here's a list of Security Solutions

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Tony Bailey, the Senior Product Manager on the Microsoft Solutions for Secrity & Compliance team, has put together a list of all of our security solutions.  You can find it here:

  • Hello,
    While perusing this link, I came across a number of utilities that are quite useful during the initial stages of incident response. It seems that MS decided to lock down all security-related downloads to genuine Windows installations. That leaves us security engineers who utilize other platforms as their primary environment out in the cold.
    I agree with their position to lock down OS updates, however I question the wisdom behind locking down tools such as PortReporter.
    Could you shed some light on this situation?

    Thank you,
    -- Matt

  • Matt's talking about the Windows Genuine Advantage process. In order to download certain things you need to prove to Microsoft that you have a genuine, activated version of Windows.

    I realize that this can be a problem to users who aren't using Windows to do the downloading. The problem is that there are a lot of people who do use Windows... but haven't paid for it. They "borrowed" a CD from a friend, for example. By restricting these free downloads to users with an activated version of Windows, we are providing value to our paying customers while hopefully encouraging others to buy a legitimate copy.

    I don't see this changing anytime soon -- we've had very little negative feedback on this. Sorry Matt, you may need to fire up your legit copy of XP to get this stuff.

  • I think this is very reasonable, you must pay for software not bootleg it! or else what kind of <a href=">

    can you expect ?

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