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How can Public Key Infrastructure technologies improve your information security posture?
There’s a really good (free) TechNet webcast coming up on the 17th September which will be a great resource for those of you who’d like to learn how to take advantage of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in your organisation. The full details of the event are as follows “To register simply click on this...
16 Sep 2008
How to re-partition a hard disk under Vista or Server 2008 without having to re-install
Following my earlier post How to run Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 on a machie that's already running Vista/XP I thought it worthwhile to explain a nice feature of Vista and Server 2008 which enables you to dynamically resize disk partitions without loosing data. All you need to do is to select...
8 Jul 2008
VistaSquad: The Fellowship of the Ring! Join them on the 16th July in London
I really like the way that the VistaSquad User Group comprises both IT Pros and Developers - it makes for a really interesting mix of people and conversations. Following last month's excellent VistaSquad user group meeting they've already scheduled the next one with the following details: Hey Everyone...
26 Jun 2008
VistaSquad: Join us tonight in London for a live Network Access Protection demo on Server 2008 and Vista
You can read the full details here - it's free, technical and should be fun too - just add a comment to their post if you're coming along The agenda is as follows: 6pm - 6.30pm: Arrive and introductions 6.30pm - 7:30pm: Building RIA Apps 7.30pm - 8:15: Break, Pizza and drinks 8:15pm - 9:15: Security...
18 Jun 2008
Join us for technical dive into Microsoft Virtualisation Management technologies
For one day only we'll be hosting an event at our Microsoft Campus near Reading titled Microsoft Virtualisation and Management technologies - if you would like to join us and are able to be in Reading for the day then all you have to do is visit the registration site and sign up - it's free of charge...
11 Jun 2008
Bitlocker: what happens if someone leaves the company or locks themselves out?
Many of the questions I've been asked recently regarding Bitlocker are covered on the excellent Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Freuqently Asked Questions . For me the most important thing to consider is how on Earth to deal with the "the dog ate the USB key used to unlock Bitlocker" or "I can...
1 Jun 2008
My talk on Windows 2008 Security Technologies from the UK Launch is available for replay *updated with link to slides*
Chris Dalby kindly streamed my session from the Microsoft UK's Heroes Happen Here Launch event . If you'd like to watch the recording then simply browse to YellowPark TV and you'll see it listed on the right hand side. There are some other excellent recordings up there and Chris informed me that there...
8 Apr 2008
Would it be interesting to use NAP to secure branch servers?
My focus today is to write most of the content for my sessions on our upcoming TechNet Server Launch tour which is visiting cinemas in five cities across the UK in April and May. I'm co-presenting a session with Viral titled "How to overcome the challenges of small offices and branch offices" and can...
8 Apr 2008
Tweaking the file level security of the operating system is a bad idea!
Over the last week I've two people who are suffering pain due to corporate laptop builds that have been "secured" - meaning that an untold number of access controls have been changed and parts of the operating system have been removed to "enhance the security" of the system. A complete nightmare. The...
7 Apr 2008
I'm a developer, how can I integrate my application with NAP?
There's a great article on MSDN titled simply Network Access Protection which explains how you can integrate your application with Microsoft's Network Access Protection(NAP). Why would you want to do this? Well NAP is a core networking feature of Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows XP Service...
1 Apr 2008
How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of IPSec clients
The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP IPSec Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of clients accessing the network using IPSec to identify themselves. This is my favourite way to secure network access as...
1 Apr 2008
How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of CISCO's Network Admission Control clients
The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP 802.1X Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of clients accessing the network by network switches capable of port based authentication including many enterprise wireless...
1 Apr 2008
How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of VPN clients
The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP VPN Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of Virtual Private Network (VPN) clients. If you haven't come across Network Access Protection then I recommend reading my...
1 Apr 2008
How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of DHCP clients
The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP DHCP Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of DHCP clients. It's well worth a look. If you haven't come across Network Access Protection then I recommend reading my...
1 Apr 2008
Where can I find out more about Network Access Protection?
The best place to start is the Network Access Protection (NAP) "landing page" on the Microsoft website. NAP is a great new feature of Windows Server, Windows Vista and Windows XP Service Pack 3(due soon) which enables you to measure the policy compliance of client machines and determine which resources...
1 Apr 2008
What is the best security feature of Windows Server 2008?
There are plenty to choose from including the following: Read Only Domain Controller BitLocker on the server Active Directory Rights Management Active Directory Certificate Services Integrated firewall with IPSec task based interface Architectural improvements Increased scope...
26 Mar 2008
Microsoft Professional development and design tools will be available for free to students in many countries!
Check out the post titled Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology for all the details including who is eligible and in which countries it is available. There is a full list of products here which at the time I wrote this post were as follows: Visual Studio 2008 Professional...
20 Feb 2008
Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd; where can I download Server 2008? The countdown begins for Hyper-v
The Windows Server team blog has announced that Windows Server 2008 has been released to manufacture :-) You can download an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 and give it a whirl yourself. The countdown has begun for the release of Hyper-v - the native virtualisation feature of Windows Server...
4 Feb 2008
How to setup iSCSI on Windows Server 2008
James and I demonstrated how to implement iSCSI earlier in the year whilst touring around the UK - many of the audience were keen to find out more. iSCSI is a cool technology as it allows you to share an area of disk on a server to other machines across the network using SCSI as a protocol. You could...
30 Jan 2008
How to get PHP to work on Windows Server 2007's IIS 7 in just six and a half minutes!
Dave Northey has posted a screencast on TechNet Edge showing how to configure IIS 7 to host PHP - there's another good one on Channel9 by Dunnry . Our aim is for Windows Server 2008's IIS 7 to be the preferred platform for hosting PHP and to that end the development team have architected the new web...
3 Jan 2008
Rafal's video on TechNet Edge covering security and IPv6 is well worth a listen
Join Rafal Lukawiecki's interview at TechEd IT Forum on TechNet Edge - he talks about a range of security topics including suite B algorithms, Server 2008 and IPv6. You'll need the Silverlight plugin to view the video - it's only 1.37Mb and is a free download - just follow the link to the video and...
4 Dec 2007
All dates are now confirmed for our TechNet On The Road Q2 tour
Thank you to those of you who spread the word about places being available on our Q2 TechNet On The Road tour - there are still some places available but we now have enough people to make the shows viable. We really didn't want to disappoint anyone by cancelling any of the sessions so it's good news...
19 Nov 2007
Would you like free technical support to help you deploy Windows Server 2008, System Center, SQL 2008, IIS7, Compute Cluster, Forefront & Sharepoint
As Eileen mentioned IT Pro Momentum is our programme to help you deploy our latest technologies - if you'd like to take advantage of free technical support and gain (online) access to Microsoft experts then feel free to email the appropriate Evangelist. All we ask for in return is for you to share your...
11 Nov 2007
Thanks to everyone who joined me at the University of Glamorgan yesterday
It was wonderful to receive such an enthusiastic welcome at the University of Glamorgan yesterday. It's VERY rare that I get chance to speak at Universities. I thoroughly enjoyed lecturing students on the wonders of information security. The room was packed and questions abounded. The audience didn...
24 Oct 2007
Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate is available. How to enable Windows Server Virtualisation (Virtualization for those in the US of A)
As James mentioned on stage yesterday in many ways the announcement of Windows Server 2008's Release Candidate was somewhat lost in the noise of Halo3's launch. James' post explains how to enable the Windows Server Virtualisation role too - out of the box (for the Release Candidate) you won't see...
26 Sep 2007
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