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    If you haven't heard of Microsoft Forefront, it's a comprehensive set of security technologies, that can help to protect your infrastructure, whether it be with Forefront Client Security for unified malware protection on PC desktops and notebooks, Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Forefront...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Solution Accelerator 4.0 Now Available

    Just under a month ago, I blogged about the beta release of the MAP tool , which, for those not familiar, is is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008: Interesting Case Study

    One of the many interesting case studies floating around the web features the University of California, Berkeley, and how they used Windows Server 2008, among other technologies, to tackle their management and security concerns in their complex IT environment. "The central IT division at The University...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator 3.2 Released

    Baldwin and his team have done it again.  Release after release they are adding great features into the free MAPs tool, making it even more of a must-use tool in planning and analysing for an infrastructure change.  So, as a recap for those who are new to my blog, or who haven’t heard of the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista User Account Control - Going Deep...

    The guys at Channel 9 posted this video a while back which details the inner workings of UAC, also known as User Account Control. Ever since the early beta's of Vista, there have always been questions around UAC - the typical ones I receive are around the fact that 'it's really annoying and I just turn...
  • Blog Post: MS Partner? Security Competency? Can you crack 'The Vault'?

    Are you a Microsoft Partner? If so, do you have the Security Competency? If you do, this is your lucky day! Over the next 8 months, Microsoft will be giving you the opportunity to win one of hundreds of fantastic prizes from within The Vault , ranging from MP3 players and other gadgets to diamonds, watches...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Roadshow - Launch Wave 2008

    You may have attended a TechNet Roadshow in the past, and if so, you'll know that Steve , James and the team are demo-demons when it comes to presentations.  Firm believers that to really understand the benefits within a product, you need to see it, James and Steve will be doing it all over again...
  • Blog Post: ProCurve by HP & Network Access Protection (NAP)

    I showed a video of Forefront and NAP integration a few weeks back, which is a good example of related technologies integrating nicely, but you'd at least hope that Microsoft technologies would integrate pretty well... (insert Can of Worms here) :-) Anyway, ProCurve, by HP, has paired up with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2008 Preview

    If you're a Microsoft Partner, and you're talking about Microsoft technologies to your customers, Demo Showcase is a fantastic tool to have in your kitbag.  Demo Showcase enables you, as a Partner, to carry round a number of ready built demo's, to show some really cool technologies, either using...
  • Blog Post: Interesting article on the impact NAP is having...

    "Microsoft is winning the NAC war, expert says" Taken from the article: " ...the key is that people seem to be willing to let Microsoft take a leading role in NAC (Network Access Control). So we really focused on that: what comes built-in with XP SP3 and Vista? And then how do you extend...
  • Blog Post: Academy Live for Partners – Upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 Webcasts

    I’ve seen these events build up and build up in my inbox, and I’ve been desperate to get them onto the web for all to see, so here goes!  Please note, all these sessions are Windows Server 2008 R2 related.  There will be separate posts on System Center management, and also, Virtualisation. ...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet Events: Longhorn, Vista, SQL and more...

    Right, listen up - loads of events coming up for May and June, all free of charge, and all packed with useful information. If that's not enough, James Senior and I are presenting both of the "Vista After Hours" events, where we'll take a look at the really cool side of Windows Vista, and how everything...
  • Blog Post: Presenting....The Windows Vista Security Guide

    That's right folks, the final version is here, for you to download and peruse at your leisure . The security guide provides best practices and predefined security configurations to further harden Windows Vista against real-world security threats such as malware and information theft. The guide also offers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta Now Available!

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available in the near future. Are you thinking about deploying these new operating systems? Get a head start with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta . Over 680,000 Microsoft customers and partners including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Continental...
  • Blog Post: The BitLocker Command Line Interface...

    Are you aware of BitLocker and what it can do? If not, you can read a full lowdown here , however, in a nutshell, BitLocker is a new feature in Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate which prevents a thief who boots another operating system or runs a software hacking tool from breaking Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Documentation Survival Guide

    Kudos to George and the TechNet team for this month's newsletter, ( which you can subscribe to here ) as it contains links to some great information on Windows Server 2008. Some of this content includes: Internet Protocol Security Enforcement in the Network Access Protection Platform Server Core Installation...
  • Blog Post: New Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    Anyone who’s seen my present Microsoft’s Virtualisation & Management story, will know I spend quite a bit of time focussing on System Center Operations Manager.  For me, I think it’s the mission control of the System Center Suite, where, typically, IT Admins’ would spend the majority of their...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit v5.0 Community Tech Preview Now Available

    First thing you’re thinking is, ‘What’s a Community Technical Preview?’  Well, I’m not actually 100% sure to be honest, but I think it’s pre-beta, but not too far off beta, if you know what I mean :-)  As always, I could be wrong! :) Anyway, if you’re not familiar with MAP, in a nutshell, MAP...