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What Virtual Private Networking software would I recommend for Windows and how to set it up?
I was recently asked this very question and I responded with "Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and Windows Vista/XP" provide excellent built-in Virtual Private Networking features that are standards compliant and assuming they are correctly configured can be highly secure too. There's no additional license...
7 Aug 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
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
The VistaSquad are meeting again in London on the 19th - they have the General Manager of Visual Studio joining them
If you'd like to join the user group meeting then simply browse to the VistaSquad's website to sign up - it's free and will be a great opportunity for you to ask questions and learn from your peers. The following talks will take place during the user group meeting and there will be plenty of time...
7 Nov 2008
Windows Powershell security - how to stop malicious scripts from running
There’s an interesting article discussing the security features of Windows Powershell in this month’s TechNet Magazine .Don Jones discusses both the secure by design ethos as applied to Windows Powershell and specifically how to prevent malicious scripts running through the use of digital signatures...
17 Jan 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
The UK launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 has been announced
Craig Murphy was pretty quick of the blocks with his post. The launch site doesn't let you register yet and it doesn't have the session abstracts yet either but that cat's out of the bag - our UK customer launch event is taking place on the 19th March at the ICC in Birmingham. You CAN download trials...
18 Jan 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How to get answers to technical Microsoft related questions on topics like Vista Service Pack 1 - TechNet Forums
OK so I'm sad but in my head right now I've got the line "If you've got a problem and no one else can help, you need...... the TechNet Forums" followed by "DaaDaa Dar Dede Dede Der" - yes I was a fan of the A-Team! Joking aside though the TechNet Forums are a free online resource that provide a speedy...
2 Jan 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 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
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
What are the dates and locations for the UK Windows & SQL Server 2008 launch tour?
Many of you have asked me both by posting comments to my NAP post and also at the main launch event last week in Birmingham If you'd like to register and find out the exact details for the locations then browse to the Launch tour area of the HeroesHappenHere website . Note: The Keynote will not...
28 Mar 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
Thanks to everyone who joined us @ today's Server Launch event in Cardiff
It was great to see so many enthusiastic people @ today's HeroesHappenHere Launch tour event in Cardiff. We received great questions and I was really amused by the wonderful spoof film titles the audience came up with for the IT Pros Film Club! I have posted the slides I presented on my Skydrive...
23 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 do YOU find the telephone number of your colleagues?
Whilst at a Girl Geek dinner last night I chatted with a friend who recently started working for a multi-national corporation. Neither of us could quite believe how poorly their IT systems had been implemented - particularly given their size and prestige. Simple things like finding out the telephone...
6 Dec 2007
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
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