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  • Blog Post: Download: Server Core Potential Security Benefit

    With Windows Server 2008, the Microsoft Windows Server team introduced a new installation option –Server Core. Server Core is a “minimal install” option of Windows Server that excludes much of the GUI and many applications – such as Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player – that would be present...
  • Blog Post: Common Criteria EAL4+ for Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

    Over on the Windows Server Blog today, the team shared the news that that Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V has passed the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL 4+).   As a reformed Orange Book evaluator, I know what a big project something like this is, so thought it would be interesting...
  • Blog Post: Feb09 Security Bulletin SDL Benefit Summary

    Summaries from previous months: Jan09 Security Bulletin SDL Benefit Summary When I do analysis and reports on Microsoft products, I typically look for where the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has helped to provide improvement and provide some stats on that.  This year, I decided to try and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server codename "Longhorn" - Server Core Install

    This past weekend I dug into an aspect of Windows Server codename "Longhorn" to personally check out something that I've been excited about for a while - a "server core" installation. Doing the Installation After burning myself a Beta3 disk, I fired it up and after a few basic screens (USEnglish...
  • Blog Post: Download Hyper-V RTM for WIndows server 2008

    I converted my office fileserver to Windows Server 2008 (WS2008) a while back and I've never been happier - WS2008 is my favorite product ever. Nicely modular, pretty much everything turned off by default and some great tools for enabling just the components your need for a particular role. There is...
  • Blog Post: Server Launch : Security Highlights

    Today is Launch Day for 3 big products from Microsoft - Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Click on the image to learn more general information and participate in the virtual launch. I want to briefly salute some of the security improvement represented by these products. This...