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The Sean Blog
Map Active Directory in Visio
I see that we released the Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer today. I'm working from home today, so I can't run it in AD and attach a screenshot, but this should be helpful for documenting your AD infrastructure. According to the product description: The Microsoft Active Directory Topology...
2 Oct 2007
Security within Microsoft's own IT department
In case you are curious what it is like to be in charge of Security for IT at Microsoft, you get to deal with an environment where there are: Approximately 100,000 intrusion attempts each month. Approximately 1 million infected or malicious e-mail messages received each month. Over 5,000 PCs rebuilt...
19 May 2008
Windows Server 2008 Feature Posters
I know... everyone else has already covered this... These two posters, originally published in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , provide a strong visual tool to aide in the understanding of various features and components of Windows Server 2008. One poster focuses exclusively on powerful new...
21 Jul 2007
Install Windows Server 2003 Adminpak (Administration Tools Pack) on Vista
It's always frustrating when an update to one program from a company breaks compatibility with another program from the same company. In the case of Microsoft, the Windows 2003 SP1 Admin tools (adminpak.msi) do not work on Windows Vista. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack...
25 Mar 2007
SharePoint Lockdown – The Easy Way
If you have been tasked with securing SharePoint, there are a lot of considerations to take into account. How do users authenticate? Does part of your farm live in an extranet or DMZ? How do you secure user-to-server communications? How do you secure server-to-server communications? ...
14 May 2009
What's that service?
Ever wish that someone at Microsoft would write up a list of all the services that come with Windows Server/client? Perhaps something that lists the executable command line, the account that the service runs under, a description of what the service does, default service type, service dependencies...
9 Jan 2008
Security Best Practices
By no means a comprehensive list, today's Best Practices are brought to you by the letter " security ". TechNet Security Home Assess Your Environment •The Security Risk Management Discipline module •The Assessing Network Security book •The SANS Security Policy Project Protect Your Network •The Deploying...
16 Jan 2008
Virtual Server HTTP 500 Error
There's probably a KB article about this, but I know the first time I ran into the problem above, it took me forever to find the solution, so I thought I would share it with you. If you install Virtual Server 2005 R2 (or SP1), and then Remote-Desktop to the Host Server, and pull up the Virtual Server...
23 Aug 2007
SQL Server 2008 Migration White Papers
Just noticed these pop up on the Microsoft Download Center… some guides on migrating from various databases to SQL Server 2008 . Guide to Migrating from MySQL to SQL Server 2008 In this migration guide you will learn the differences between the MySQL and SQL Server 2008 database platforms, and the steps...
25 Aug 2009
Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide Released
If you are involved in a project to plan or upgrade Active Directory in your branch offices, you may have questions such as: What type of domain controller should I use for a given branch office? Does a given branch office even need a Domain Controller? What topology should I use? How do I monitor AD...
7 Jun 2009
A Book to Buy
No... not Harry Potter. Judging by my trip to Costco today, every living human being on the planet has already bought a copy ;) If you run (or plan to run) Microsoft Operations Manager , there are two books you must have in your library: Essential Microsoft Operations Manager by Chris Fox (if you are...
22 Jul 2007
Microsoft Deployment Released!
Unified Tools and Guidance for Desktop and Server Deployment Automation. Download it today! We are pleased to announce the official release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator! Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Microsoft Deployment, the fourth...
11 Nov 2007
February TechNet Magazine is out
And it is all about SharePoint and OCS baby! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/ Sharepoint A Smart Approach to Gathering Data in the Enterprise Information is one of the most important assets in an enterprise. But it can be a challenge to manage the mountain of data being gathered through e...
2 Feb 2008
The limits of Active Directory
A few years ago, at my first IT job, my manager told me that there was a server at Microsoft, and all day long it created objects in a test Active Directory Domain. "This server has been running since Windows Server 2000 was released" he said, "and it still has not hit a limit on...
21 Apr 2008
Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide
The latest version of the links below can be found here , or download a PDF version here . Don't ask me where they got that US-Army-looking-font in the PDF... it probably wouldn't have been my first choice ;) Group Policy Documentation Essentials These links help you get started with Group Policy. Learn...
15 May 2008
Is There a Guide for That?
So you have just been tasked with setting up Active Directory, or creating a Backup Plan, or setting up a PKI infrastructure for your company. There's no need to start from scratch!!! We've already done the heavy lifting for you: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/solutionaccelerators/wssra/raguide/default...
17 Apr 2007
The top Active Directory Issues
The Ask the Directory Services Team blog has a great post on the top 50 KB articles used to solve issues in Directory Services support during the first quarter of Microsoft fiscal year 2008 (July 2007 through September 2007). I list the top 10 below, but you can see the whole list after the jump . Number...
2 Jan 2008
It just does not get any easier than this. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a .vhd...
8 Oct 2009
Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline
If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face. First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows. The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those...
12 Dec 2008
SharePoint - Searchier!
It looks like we have posted nearly 17 hours of training videos for enterprise search on TechNet. The presentations provide details about key enterprise search capabilities in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Module 1: Workshop Overview Module 2: Enterprise Search Overview Module 3: SharePoint...
15 May 2008
How do I run my IT shop?
I know, I know... another post with a bunch of links from Sean. You may even scroll past this post to get to the latest Lolcats pic in your newsreader. Here. Here's a cute kitty with a witty caption. Is that good enough? Did you get it out of your system? Good. Let's get back to my post. moar funny pictures...
11 Jan 2008
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