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  • Blog Post: What’s new in SMB 3.1.1 in the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

    1. Introduction Every new version of Windows brings updates to our main remote file protocol, known as SMB (Server Message Block). If you’re not familiar with it, you can find some information in this previous blog post: Windows Server 2012 R2: Which version of the SMB protocol (SMB 1.0,...
  • Blog Post: Migrating File Servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Introduction If you have SMB File Servers running Windows Server 2003, you are probably already aware that the extended support for that OS will end on July 14, 2015 . You can read more about this at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/08/26/best-practices-for-windows-server-2003...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

    Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/ ). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might...
  • Blog Post: The Basics of SMB Signing (covering both SMB1 and SMB2)

    SMB Signing Overview Server Message Block (SMB) is the file protocol most commonly used by Windows. SMB Signing is a feature through which communications using SMB can be digitally signed at the packet level. Digitally signing the packets enables the recipient of the packets to confirm their point...
  • Blog Post: How DFS Replication (DFS-R) secures its communication

    During a recent internal conference, someone asked me about how DFS-R (DFS Replication) in Windows Server 2008 R2 secures its communication. I wasn’t sure at the time, so I talked to a few people that work with DFS-R and spent some time looking into that. It turns out that DFS-R uses security above...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft keynote at the RSA Conference 2009: End to End Trust

    Microsoft's Corporate VP of Trustworthy Computing (Scott Charney) delivered an interesting keynote as part of this year's RSA Conference about End to End Trust, following up on Craig Mundie's keynote last year. End to End Trust is described as "Microsoft’s vision for a safer, more trusted Internet that...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Encryption

    Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Encryption” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/ ). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of...
  • Blog Post: The risks around SharePoint application deployment

    SharePoint is growing in popularity, partially due to its great model for describing and deploying packaged applications. This is especially true in the latest v3 or 2007 release, with the introduction of the "solution" deployment. However, if you're deploying those applications, you should be aware...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Security

    Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Security” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/ ). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of my...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical

    I wanted to call your attention to a critical, out-of-band Microsoft Security Bulletin released today. Here's an excerpt from it (the emphasis is mine): This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if...
  • Blog Post: Episode 20 of "From End to Edge and Beyond" covers SMB Encryption in Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0

    A quick blog post to highlight that I participated in an episode of “From End to Edge and Beyond”, recorded during TechEd North America 2012 with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes. This show is focused on security, so the main focus was on the new SMB Encryption feature in Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Auditing

    Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Auditing” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/ ). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of my...