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Well… your wish is granted! Check out this new Security Tool:
Do you know the security status of your network? Get a visual. The Visio Connector for MBSA lets you view the results of a Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer scan in a clear, comprehensive Microsoft Office Visio 2003 network diagram. You must have both Visio 2003 and the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer — a free security tool from Microsoft — for this connector to function.
And while you’re there, take a look at the Security Tools section to see other free utilities to help you secure and manage your PCs, Servers, and Network.
…no one can hear you scream.
Or was that “In space..”? Oh well. I’m tired, and sitting in the Indianapolis Airport at gate D8 for my 6:09am flight to Chicago. I’m hoping to check-in to my hotel in Schaumburg a little early so I can set up for doing my last of the series of 12 Windows Server 2003 Administration webcasts. (Cool topic: Windows Server Update Services. It’s not too late to sign up! )
I’m geeking-out, a bit, because I figured out how to get my bluetooth in my laptop to use my PocketPC Phone and GPRS data services from T-Mobile to connect to the Internet. Love bluetooth these days, with my new bluetooth headset and GPS that both use my PDA. But why does it all have to be so complicated? Trying to get these things connected and communicating reminds me of the early days of dialup networking. Remember trying to get a dialup access to an ISP working on Windows 3.1 or Windows 95? That’s how bluetooth feels right now. So.. It can only get better.
Strange… the lights just flashed in the airport. The power went out for a split second. So now of course all of the gates are making announcements that their computers are rebooting, so they’ll have to proceed with the check-ins manually. Just a typical day in the life of a road warrior. <sigh>
Windows Server Administration Webcast Series Homework Assignment #11
2. Online Documentation Review
Specifically, I think everyone should review the “Routing Overview”
..plus many others as posted in the Resource Page for part 11 of this series.
Yes, this is another somewhat cross-disciplinary, but this sounds like such a cool, geeky webcast series that I had to share it with you…
I saw this announced on the MSDN Webcasts blog. The series is targeted at answering your questions about how Microsoft came up with all the brilliant ideas behind creating .NET, CLR, Security frameworks, etc. So, to me, that says it’s all about big brains dreaming up elegant, cool tools to make your work easier and better.
Just a comment on what a strange day it’s been. I’m currently staying at a Sheraton in Madison, as tomorrow we’re doing live TechNet and other events at the Alliant Energy Center.
Today, however, in less than one hour, I’ll be doing a webcast from the hotel. Now… typically when I book my rooms I call the hotel to see if they have high-speed Internet. I’m a snob that way, I guess. <sigh> But mores if I’m going to do a webcast, I usually want to make sure that the Internet access is WIRED as opposed to WIRELESS.
Well… having not found any WIRED hotel rooms near the Alliant Energy Center, I decided to stay where the rest of my team were staying here at the Sheraton.
Problem: WiFi here has been up and down all day. Not good for webcasting at all.
Solution: The folks here are going to let me reserve the WIRED connection located in their Business Center here. They even provided me a phone for the audio portion of the webcast. (I’m heading down in just a couple minutes to set things up.)
In the meantime, I happened to see that the wireless from the hotel next door is available, so I’m using a low-signal, 1Mbps connection right now. I guess that’s the punch-line to an already interesting day.
Gotta run! Webcast time!
I found this in Robert Scoble’s blog…
Scoble had arranged a dinner for several influential San Francisco area bloggers to meet and sup with Jim Allchin. The results have been, naturally, documented well in several blogs. This one by Thomas Hawk was a very interesting read with regard to the future OS Longhorn and in future Media Center ideas.
…just more of the fun stuff that makes me thrilled to work for Microsoft…
Windows Server Administration Webcast Series HomeworkDHCPHomework Assignment #9
2. Review DHCP Online DocumentationClick on and read through at least the first two from my Session Resource Page:
“What is DHCP?”http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_dhcp_what.asp
“How DHCP Works”http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_dhcp_how.asp
Review DHCP Online Documentation
My friend and developer/MSDN presenter colleague Jacob posted about this, and I’m going to steal it from him. <heh>
Hitachi has a fun animation showing off the potential for new hard disk storage technology… a GREAT example of explaining something in simple terms that would otherwise cause most people’s heads to explode if simply described. Fun stuff!
*** Warning *** The link below contains political opinion. Do NOT click it if you’re easily offended by political opinions. Thank you.
I had originally intended to post this here, but decided to keep the content here at this blog more professional, and save the private or opinionated stuff on my new MSN Spaces blog. I’ll just link to them from here instead. So…
CLICK HERE if you’re interested in seeing what I think of a recent WIRED article about what some idiots are accusing my Governor, Gov Tim Pawlenty, of.
..and we only have to wait until May 12th!
That’s when, according to gameindustry.biz, the official unveiling will be done. And on MTV, of all places!
Consortium to Invest in Time Travel
I’m so proud that Microsoft is firmly behind this effort.