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  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager Released!

    The Service Level Dashboard is an application built on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It is designed to work with an existing Operations Manager 2007 R2 infrastructure configured to monitor business-critical applications. The dashboard evaluates an application or group over a time period that the administrator...
  • Blog Post: Authenticate Linux/Unix to Active Directory

    If you need guidance on a Microsoft technology, we probably have a Solution Accelerator for that! Today's guide is brought to you by the letter "authentication" . Now... If you operate in a heterogeneous environment, you may one day be tasked with making your Linux boxes talk to Active Directory. The...
  • Blog Post: Computer Forensics according to Microsoft

    As an IT Professional, have you ever been tasked with setting up a new process or technology at your company? Didn't have a clue where to start? Sure... you may have read a book on the topic a year ago, and have a general idea as to how it works, but unless you have already been involved in a setup or...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Extranet Collaboration Toolkit

    SharePoint is the hottest thing going at Microsoft.  While Excel is the swiss-army-knife of desktop apps, SharePoint is the do-it-all app on the Server side.  If you are not playing with it already, then you are behind the curve.  Go download the VPC Image , the trial version ( x86 , x64...
  • Blog Post: Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

    If you work in an organization that utilizes laptops, and has data that you do not want to fall into the wrong hands (be they competitors or foreign agents), you will want to take a look at the new laptop Data Encryption Guide released by the TechNet Solution Accelerators Team . Data Encryption Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Threats and Countermeasures Guide updated for Windows Vista

    It looks like the Threats and Countermeasures guide has been updated for Windows Vista. This guide is a reference to security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Windows® operating systems. This guide is a companion for two other publications that...
  • Blog Post: Whence Shalt I Screencast?

    Alright... back from a MUCH needed vacation, some crazy weather (hail in Seattle?), and I have started to recover from the black lung that my kids were nice enough to share with me. My new Samson microphone showed up as well, so I am ready to start recording some screencasts to share will all of you...
  • Blog Post: IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide Released

    The Solution Accelerators team is at it again, releasing the IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide , which provides an easy-to-understand method for developing threat models that can help prioritize investments in IT infrastructure security. This guide describes and considers the extensive methodology...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released

    Not sure how I missed this, but the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide has been released! It is available online here , and for download here . 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...
  • Blog Post: Vista/Office Deployment Day

    My team just gave two successful all-day sessions to Gold Partners on the tools and best practices for Deploying Vista and Office, and I wanted to share with everyone a collection of useful links relating to the tools we covered: Microsoft Deployment Guidance http://www.microsoft.com/technet/desktopdeployment...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Solution Accelerator Webcasts

    Baldwin Ng and Frank Simorjay from the Solution Accelerator team will be presenting the two following webcasts. If you are a Microsoft Partner looking to increase sales opportunities or decrease customer costs (both key in our current financial environment) then make the time to log in to the sessions...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 3.0 Released!

    Download it here . "But Sean" you may ask yourself.... "didn't you just post that version 4 had been released? What's the deal?" Yes, Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0 was just released. A representation of the two models (version 3.0 and 4.0) are as follows (3.0 is the first one) Besides the obvious...
  • Blog Post: Beta Announcement - Solution Accelerators for Compliance Management

    It has been too long since I posted about the latest Solution Accelerators from my favorite team at Microsoft (er… the Solution Accelerator team).  I have a couple of posts queued up in my head that I’ll write as soon as I have the time. In any case, this announcement is time-sensitive, so I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Released

    Woohoo! Just saw it pop up on the Microsoft Download Center , an heard the announcement at the SharePoint Conference . It looks like the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit has hit the big One-Oh. Main Site: http://www.microsoft.com/collabkit Why should you care? The External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: How Many SharePoint Servers Do I Have?

    The wide availability of Windows® SharePoint® Services (WSS) 3.0 and the explosive popularity of Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 in enterprise environments, combined with the widespread use of online collaboration tools, have resulted in a proliferation of SharePoint technologies that...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Service Level Dashboard

    YAASAFTSAT (AKA Yet Another Awesome Solution Accelerator From the Solution Accelerator Team) :) Check out the new Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 RC1 This free Solution Accelerator collects and monitors operational measurements for your line of business ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (and free Vista/Office)

    If you have not played with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator, you really need to. It was awesome as the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool, and it is even better now that it adds support for Windows Server 2008, Virtualization, and Server Consolidation. If you read this...
  • Blog Post: How much iron do I need?

    Photographers get to call their lenses "glass", so server engineers can get away with calling their servers "iron" :). Quite often on the internal discussion lists, I see questions along the lines of "my customer is going to implement Exchange 2007 in their environment. How many servers do they need...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory How-Tos

    How do I back up AD? Seize an Operations Manager role? Recover a Domain Controller? Manage SYSVOL? There's a guide for that... Active Directory Product Operations Guide Process: Back up Active Directory Process: Non-authoritative Restore of Active Directory Process: Authoritative Restore for Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Sundancers

    On Friday, I blogged about “ Project Sundance ”, which is an upcoming release from the Solution Accelerators team that combines the Vista/XP/2003/2008/Office security guides with the Configuration Manager Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs for security, along with the GPOAccelerator tool into...