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  • Blog Post: June 12th - Server 2003 SP2 hits Automatic Updates

    Just a quick note to make sure anyone subscribing to my blog gets this info. Service Pack 2 for Server 2003 (yes, it has been out for a while now...) will be put on automatic updates June 12th. See Sean's site linked below for more detail and how to block it if needed. The Sean Blog : Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Where to find technical information on TPM

    The Trusted Platform Module is not a Microsoft technology but Vista leverages TPM as a preferred hardware component when enabling BitLocker drive encryption. The Trusted Computing Group maintains the specifications on TPM and provides a great deal of technical background information. Link to Trusted...
  • Blog Post: NAP can work in Higher Education

    In fact it already is. One of the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customers was in fact a University. See the webcast here: http://blogs.technet.com/nap/archive/2007/06/27/nap-web-cast-real-world-customer-deployment-of-nap-louisiana-state-university.aspx I will do my best to get this represented at...
  • Blog Post: Credential Provider Samples

    I know a few schools out there are working on custom credential providers for Vista. I have heard of projects such as authenticating to third party kerb realms, etc. The code samples for Vista RTM have been posted and may be of value. Link to Download details: Credential Provider Samples [Updated...
  • Blog Post: UAG Setup system.exception

    Was just building a UAG test server in our lab and came across an error, which was easily resolved and worth posting for others. From the splash screen I clicked install only to receive a “system.exception” error. Even if I ran the .msi file directly, I would get a failure. A search returned one...
  • Blog Post: You cannot mod XP to Vista

    A few times while visiting customers I've been asked the question: "So, if I apply all the latest patches, I install IE7, and I install Defender, does XP give me the same security as Vista?" NO, Absolutely not! Much like many write-ups I saw posted early after the release of Vista, too often...
  • Blog Post: VPN to your Vista machine

    This may not seem all that interesting at face value but there are a LOT of people in higher education who have workstations that use public IP's. There is a secure way to connect to your machine remotely. Here's how to setup your Windows Vista workstation to accept new incoming VPN connections. This...
  • Blog Post: Great info on Extending AD Schema

    Just a quick post to flag this article. This is really good to have handy. Note that making changes to schema is risky business and should not be taken lightly but when done correctly it can be quite valuable. Another good option is to have an ADAM directory online if you have a high number of custom...
  • Blog Post: Cleaning HDDs before donating a machine

    I just returned a laptop as part of our refresh cycle and decided to 0 out the drive using Linux before shipping it. I tend to store a lot of customer data and I have no idea where the machine will go once it leaves my hands. I know my process was not the most secure possible since I predictably just...
  • Blog Post: Password policies

    This was already written up earlier today on another TechNet blog but I wanted to make note anyway in case subscribers don't digest the entire TechNet feed. Prof. Eugene Stafford posted an interesting write-up on password policy myths. Especially relevant to HE where passwords very often span longer...
  • Blog Post: Schema Extensions for Windows Vista

    There are two available schema extensions for Vista. One is to enable a central recovery solution for BitLocker and the other is for configuration of network authentication. Details below. Configuring Active Directory to Back up Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption and Trusted Platform Module Recovery...
  • Blog Post: Best use of your bandwidth today - get these VHD files

    John Baker has posted a link to virtual machine images that contain a full lab environment for Forefront FCS, ConfigMan, OpsMan, IAG, and Forefront for Exchange. These are all new solutions that are worth some ramp time. Why scour around trying to find each component when you can pull these pre-installed...
  • Blog Post: FAQ - Network Access Protection in Higher Education

    I recently had the pleasure of working with Elliot Lewis, a Network Security Architect at Microsoft who is well informed on Network Access Protection. Probably the most common question we have been asked by customers in Higher Education is how NAP will work with student machines, other platforms, and...
  • Blog Post: MOREnet Security Symposium

    Today I'm in Columbia, Missouri at the MOREnet Security Symposium . The speaker up before me is really good! Vista has some really interesting security features for schools. Network Access Protection and BitLocker are both topics I view as being incredibly valuable to education when they are understood...
  • Blog Post: What products are covered by Microsoft Update? - Answer

    Yesterday I received the question - what products are now updated through Microsoft Update? I had to do a little more digging than expected to find the answer so I'm posting it here for reference. I ended up finding this FAQ off microsoft.com/security - Link to FAQ Which operating systems and programs...
  • Blog Post: Education FAQs - BitLocker

    As the second installment of my education FAQs for Windows Vista technologies, I have gathered a series of popular questions regarding BitLocker drive encryption. Tony Ureche, Program Manager, has been kind enough to allow me a blog interview based on questions I have received during customer discussions...
  • Blog Post: Link to article: BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool

    Josh, you beat me to it. I can officially clear this from my Outlook 2007 todo bar. Great article. When working with schools on BDD I try to find time to show how to enable the wizard page that automatically sets up the image install as prepared for Bitlocker. If you have machines already deployed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechTalks for Education in May

    Microsoft’s Education team is pleased to announce its May TechTalks series. These Live Meetings are hosted every Wednesday and are designed for education customers (K-12 and Higher Education) to get technical information on our products and solutions. They are open to all K-12 and Higher Education customers...
  • Blog Post: College Uses Application Virtualization to Deliver Course Software Easily, Inexpensively

    That’s the subtitle of a case study that recently went online (so I’m not plagiarizing).  A colleague sent this over to me and I had the privilege of talking with these folks a couple of weeks ago.  Interesting details of this deployment (scroll down now to see why).  Reading the article...
  • Blog Post: NAC-NAP, better together

    In education when we talk about NAP the question always comes up - well, couldn't someone leverage this or that to circumvent NAP and still get on the network? Ultimately that's the wrong approach in my opinion as users should see NAP as a tool employed to help users get/stay secure, not prevent them...
  • Blog Post: News reports of a Windows vulnerability

    In the last few days there has been a lot of chatter about a vulnerability found in Windows . Ars Technica has a good write-up . The point is you have to have access to the machine to exploit the vulnerability. It should be taken seriously without a doubt but when I see things like this I have to remind...