Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Azure webcast - now available for viewing

    In Q1 we did a number of events in the Central Region of the US on the topic of Azure.  Budgets being what they are these days, we can’t go everywhere but fear not, we recorded the sessions from the Nashville, TN event.  Here are the links to those recordings.  You can watch the streaming...
  • Blog Post: Drive By Downloads - How Bing Helps Prevent Them

    As you are probably already aware, I recently shot a number of video interviews with various people involved in Microsoft’s security efforts.  One of the interviews I thought was pretty interesting is the chat I had with Christian Seifert.  Christian works on the Bing team as a Research Software...
  • Blog Post: Exploits - SQL Injection Attacks

    SQL injection is a technique used by attackers to damage or steal data residing in databases that use SQL syntax to control information storage and retrieval. SQL injection usually involves using a mechanism such as a text field in a web form to directly pass malicious SQL to a program or script that...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - User Account Control (UAC)

    I know what you're thinking... Isn't UAC just a Windows Vista thing? Nope. Get all the details at Chris Henley's blog post on the subject. Chris is on a rampage and is cranking out a bunch of Windows Server 2008 screencasts. See this one at : http://blogs.technet.com/chenley/archive/2007/08/30/windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Group Policy Fundamentals - 14 Part Webcast Series

    Windows Group Policy is a topic that is relatively timeless. For those of you looking for some fundamental information, don't forget the fourteen part series we did a while back. It's a good starting place. We are planning an update to the series so hang tight until then. In the mean time, here are the...
  • Blog Post: And on the subject of fingerprint login…

    I have never used a fingerprint login.  I was always afraid someone would chop off my finger and use it.  They do that in the movies so it must be true.  Well, a story surfaced today and I am providing a heads up.  I have not verified any portion of the information.  “The UPEK...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide - now available

    As an IT professional focused on security, you know firsthand how essential your servers are to keeping your organization up and running. It’s your job to stand guard over these essential assets, and to prevent them from going down. Windows Server 2008 is engineered from the ground up with security...
  • Blog Post: VPN Is Dead - here's your new killer app

    One of my favorite features of all time is RPC Over HTTP. Most of you are familiar with it because it allows Outlook to encapsulate RPC calls inside a HTTP packet or frame. That frame must of course travel across the internet to your “Front-End” server or proxy. All of that voodoo just makes...
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • Blog Post: Stuff to do between commercials

    If the big game gets boring this weekend, here are some sites to visit that went online in the past week or two. See this comic site @ http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/cool-stuff/comic/default.mspx . And of course there's http://hellosecureworld.com .  You'll need a pretty decent pipe to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Server Manager

    The Windows Server 2008 Server Manager is a portal of sorts to the installation, configuration, management and monitoring of the roles and features. Your initial view of those roles and features will be rather empty because of course, you need to install the ones that are germane to your particular server...
  • Blog Post: Is Viridian like Kryptonite to Superman?

    Everyone is familiar with the fictitious element of the planet Krypton. Strangely, this element is poisonous to a native of the planet. But what about Viridian? What is it? Is it powerful? First of all, Viridian isn't a fictitious element. It is in fact a color or city in Pokemon . I find that amusing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides are here!!!

    [UPDATE] This post is now out of date . Please see the update at http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2006/08/21/448316.aspx . Well, today we released the Windows Vista February CTP build 5308 to the MSDN download center. Obviously it was a little busy today as a result. We also released a...
  • Blog Post: Security Audit Events for Win7 and R2 – download now available

    You can use Windows security and system logs to record and store collected security events so that you can track key system and network activities to monitor potentially harmful behaviors and to mitigate those risks. You customize system log events by configuring auditing based on categories of security...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - now available for download

    Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Trustworthy Computing Security group. It is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report - Volume 10 - now available

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/sir .
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Core Read Only DC creation

    If you took a look at my previous Windows Server 2008 screencasts, you'll recall we left off with a Core server that had been activated and joined to our test domain. Sorry for the delay, end-of-year happened. Now things get interesting. This time, we're going to take that member server and convert it...
  • Blog Post: "Beyond 9/11" by TIME - Powerful

    http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1139563254001_0,00.html
  • Blog Post: If you see one of these in your conf room, call security!!!

    I know this story broke a couple of weeks ago, but I was on vacation.  But I did think this was interesting for a couple of reasons.  First, the game consoles we use are really powerful computers so don't underestimate their capabilities.  Second, what should we be doing to react? What...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Resource Kit - in the wild

    The astute know the Windows Vista Resource Kit is shipping and in the wild. When I arrived at my house Friday, my copy was sitting on the front door step. I'm surprised UPS didn't charge extra for the weight. The resource kit book is huge. 1500+ pages huge. The microsoft.com/mspress area strangely...
  • Blog Post: Can your data center handle a hurricane? Ours can

    Usually we discuss hurricane or typhoon force winds in the warm tropical climates of the world. Well, unless you haven't been paying attention, Seattle and surrounding areas got hammered about 24 hours ago and a lot of essential services are still being affected. People got killed and the area will take...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Service Pack 1 Docs Now Available

    Microsoft® continuously collects feedback on Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available...