Windows Security: IT Pro Writer's Weblog

A blog by the Windows Server UA security writing team.

Windows Security: IT Pro Writer's Weblog

  • Updates and Feedback

    September is already here and our first wave of TechNet Wiki articles were released with two new additions: Event Settings on Windows - Security Considerations – this article cover some core security settings related to Events on Windows system. Unable...
  • New WSUS Articles at TechNet Wiki

    Hello Community, Just want to drop a quick note to bring awareness about two new WSUS articles that we published this week at TechNet Wiki: WSUS Failover for Network Load Balancing (NLB) File cert verification failure error message on WSUS We are working...
  • Cryptography Next Generation and more WSUS this week

    As I promised on the previous post here are some updates on TechNet Library and TechNet Wiki: Cryptography Next Generation Configure Automatic Updates using Group Policy Clients Unable to Receive Updates with Error 8024402C Keep in mind that many of the...
  • Last wave of updates for August 2011 - more WSUS

    Today our last wave of updates for this month just went live, here are those (both related to WSUS): Configure the network connections: the update here was on the “Configure your Firewall” section, we added the second bullet as per recent feedback received...
  • Credential Roaming and WSUS Updates at TechNet Wiki

    I want to start this week by sharing a couple of new articles that we published at TechNet Wiki. The first one is about Credential Roaming behavior on Windows 7. The second one is about the general considerations regarding WSUS installed on a Domain Controller...
  • TechNet Wiki Security Portal

    As you probably know, TechNet Wiki has different portals and one of those is dedicated to Security: If you visit this portal you will notice that we added a new entry that allows you to expand the Security Portal for a different language: The IT PRO community...
  • WSUS Page Updated

    Hello folks, We just want to announce a small change on the WSUS Home Page : We added a link to the WSUS Learning Roadmap , which is a community based content on TechNet Wiki . What else do you want to see on the WSUS Home Page? Let us know by writing...
  • New articles published at TechNet Wiki

    Hello Community! Just a quick update to let you know that this week we released two new articles at TechNet Wiki: Deploying Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS) 3 SP2 on a DMZ protected by Forefront TMG 2010 SP2 Unable to Download Updates from WSUS...
  • November Updates – W8 and TNWIKI

    Hello Community, one month has passed since we last updated this blog, sorry for that…we are really busy working on the content experience for Windows 8. Did you download Windows 8 Developer’s Preview yet? Did you see some of the cool security features...
  • Driving with one eye on the mirror…

    As the writers focus on upcoming releases, we also are cruisng through the readership activity of published content and listening for developing trends in how our security technologies are being used. We work the backend to help us develop the upcoming...
  • PowerShell’s quick Tour of System Services

    The Threats and Countermeasures Guide on system services tells us that any service can be a potential point of attack. So, want to see what services are running on your machine ? In PowerShell here’s how to do it: From the PowerShell console run, Get...
  • Private Cloud Security

    Last month we released a new document at Microsoft TechNet Wiki, it is called A Solution for Private Cloud Security and you can access the document from: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6642.a-solution-for-private-cloud-security...
  • TechNet Metro is Live

    Did you notice that TechNet is now using the metro design? Take a look on our new Windows Server Security Page and let us know what you think: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/ff843381
  • Have you installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Server "8" Beta yet?

    I am excited to be able to start talking with you about Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server "8" Beta. We’ve all been working hard on our individual feature sets and putting everything together. As writers we have been reviewing the user...
  • New TechNet Wiki post for MaxConcurrentAPI

    The authentication team posted a new article that might help you with diagnosing issues with authentication bottlenecks on the domain controller. Although it does not provide specific guidance, it does describe how all the elements interact (NetLogon...
  • MaxConcurrentAPI configuration information updated

    New content has been added to the Wiki article “ Configuring MaxConcurrentAPI for NTLM pass-through authentication ” that can help you with decisions when you configure this setting. Also, check out the Additional resources in the article as many more...
  • Why are we here?

    Our team creates content for IT professionals about Windows Server and Windows Client security technologies, such as BitLocker, AppLocker, User Account Control, Encrypting File System, Security Auditing, Authentication and Authorization, and Security...
  • Threat Modeling Resources for the IT Professional

    As we develop content for a software release we writers go through a threat modeling exercise to identify what the threats are against a technology and how those threats can be mitigated either through the design of the feature, a certain setting modification...
  • Creating Certificate Requests By Using Certificate Enrollment Control Operation Guide Updates

    We updated this guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and made some additional updates to provide more details and cross-references in January. This guide describes how to use the Windows Certificate Enrollment Control to create various types of certificate...
  • Advanced Security Auditing FAQ Published in January

    This document is a compilation of the most frequently asked security auditing questions and their answers based on newsgroup postings, knowledge base articles, and search terms. We plan to update this FAQ frequently as we collect additional batches of...
  • Windows Smart Card Technical Reference Published in February

    Are you curious about smart card support in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2? The Windows Smart Card Technical Reference describes the enhancements made to smart card support in the Windows operating system since Windows Vista, the smart card infrastructure...
  • Service Accounts Step-by-Step Guide Updated in January

    Managed service accounts and virtual accounts are two new types of accounts that were introduced in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 to enhance the service isolation and manageability of network applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Internet...
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption Documentation Updates in March

    We had some customers encounter an issue with installing language packs on BitLocker protected computers. It turned out that the installation of a language pack for all users on a computer changed the boot configuration data (BCD) settings on the computer...
  • Active Directory Certificate Services Migration Guide Published in March

    Are you running your PKI infrastructure on Windows Server 2003 and interested in what it would take to move to Windows Server 2008 R2? This guide helps you learn the processes and requirements for migrating a certification authority (CA) to a server that...
  • Command-line references for security tools

    We have been working on creating an updated command-line reference for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The whole organization has been involved in this effort. We have the following security tools documented in this reference at this time: ...