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TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD
With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out for vacation. What better time to kick back and watch a TON of technical content from some of the smartest folks at Microsoft? I’m not sure when Channel 9 got so awesome, but they have a killer platform...
18 Jun 2012
More than you wanted to know
If you haven’t made it to a TechEd , you are really missing out. Hundreds of super-smart speakers giving great presentations on all sorts of Microsoft technologies. If if you have attended, you likely ended up with the problem that 4 can’t-miss sessions were all taking place at the same time...
26 Jul 2010
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...
23 Jun 2009
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...
22 May 2009
April TechNet Magazine is up!
Internet Explorer: What’s New in Internet Explorer 8 Everyone expects something different from their browser. Some users are most concerned with security and privacy while others are more focused on customizability. Some want full standards compatibility, and others just desire ease of use. Explore the...
9 Mar 2009
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...
4 Oct 2008
WOW. This is an AWESOME resource. So much so that I capitalized, bolded, italicized, AND underlined AWESOME. I just found a page on Technet with TONS of Visio diagrams for every type of SharePoint Deployment/Topology/Project. Head on over here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb310619...
18 Jun 2008
TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows
Download the eBook here . There is nothing particularly fundamental about this book, unless you are a CCNP or otherwise live and breathe packets. Surprisingly (to me) however, the book remains quite readable. Written by Joseph Davies (aka The Cable Guy in TechNet Magazine )... he even has an entry on...
1 Jun 2008
TechNet and MSDN- Running on Hyper-V
If you were at MMS 2008 , or if you read executive keynotes in your spare time, you heard Bob Muglia mention that we are running MSDN and TechNet virtualized, in production on Hyper-V . MSDN and TechNet are full virtualized right now with Hyper-V, and we had a dramatic cost savings when we went and did...
21 May 2008
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
I did it! (also known as the June TechNet Magazine)
One of the best parts of working at Microsoft is the amazing discussions and debates that take place on our internal Discussion Lists. A few months ago, the greatest security minds at Microsoft were undergoing a hot and heavy debate on Security by Obscurity . Does it make sense to rename the Administrator...
13 May 2008
Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernel Changes
Great Stuff from SysInternals (and Mark Russinovich): Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernal Changes : Mark goes deep inside the Server 2008 kernel to describe enhancements to memory management and I/O processing, as well as how Server 2008 implements new features like Hyper-V, self-healing NTFS, SMB2, and...
11 Mar 2008
Ever wondered what kind of sessions go on at TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), OCS Ignite, IT Forum, WinHEC, etc? The following site has a ton of videos from these events: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotlight/default.aspx Watch Mark Russinovich , Steve Riley , Iain McDonald , and some other...
29 Feb 2008
TechNet How-to Videos
The TechNet Events Team has been hard at work recording "How-To" videos covering a wide variety of Microsoft Technologies, and they are now available in a single location up on TechNet. Click here for the main repository of TechNet How-to Videos . Here, you'll find informative "how-to" content aimed...
17 Feb 2008
SharePoint Lectures and Whitepapers
Good stuff! I recently attended some training with the Consultants that are featured in the videos below, and they really know their stuff. Not to mention the Sean Approved Price™ of free J Link to the TechNet Source here: http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/f27b1c10-aa0f-421b-8c8f...
17 Feb 2008
Creating Effective Enterprise Portals by Using SharePoint Server 2007
Great report from the internal IT group here at Microsoft on how our Intranet portal was designed and hosted on SharePoint Server 2007. I can attest that it is the place to find information within Microsoft, no matter where it may reside... Read more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
1 Feb 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
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
It's always a good thing to stand on the shoulders of giants, and implement technology in a way such that you take advantage of the experience of others. If only someone collected all of these... er... "Best Practices" into one place! Today, I will share the Microsoft Best Practices...
9 Jan 2008
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...
5 Jan 2008
Mark Russinovich WinHEC Keynote
My wife is watching a report on the latest Linsey Lohan escapades, and I am watching the Mark Russinovich keynote from WinHEC 2007. To be honest, I think I am getting the better end of that deal! Check it out for yourself! Mark's WinHEC Keynote (Windows Server Platform Internals) is now available on...
31 May 2007
Security in TechNet Magazine
TechNet Magazine is one of my favorite magazines (and the subscription is free if you are an IT pro). This month's issue focuses on Security (my favorite), and has some of my favorite authors, inclusing Mark Russinovich , Jesper Johansson , and Steve Riley . If you want to save a tree, the articles are...
28 May 2007
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...
5 Apr 2007
Windows Server Longhorn Tech Overview
I see that Keith Combs has posted the slide decks from his recent presentations on Longhorn Server to his blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2007/04/02/windows-connections-conference-slides-posted.aspx Decks include: Windows Server code name "Longhorn" Tech Overview Part 1 Windows...
3 Apr 2007
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...
4 Mar 2007
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