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August, 2005

  • Patch Management Best Practices

    The following are publicly available docs from Microsoft IT detailing best practices used internally at Microsoft. These were written after Code Red, Nimbda, Sasser but apply to Zotob/Variants and can help enterprise customers struggling with patch management...
  • Exchange SLA scorecard

    Microsoft is developing an Exchange SLA scorecard. The userguide introduction explains: "As we move into more complex and interdependent applications, it becomes increasingly difficult to track the capabilities of various IT services. Furthermore,...
  • Do You Know What Your Users are Reading? And HOW?

    Your attack surface just got a little bigger. PDFs are now a poential security risk in your enterprise - have you examined the risk and made contingencies? Do you know how many employees use Adobe Acrobat and Reader in your enterprise? Does your patch...
  • DR? It's in there

    Studies have shown that human error — primarily accidental file deletion or modification — causes over one-third of all data loss. The financial impact of replacing the lost data is at the least an inconvenience and at the worst a critical blow that can...
  • All Exchange Clustering, All the Time

    Exchange Server 2003 Technical Documentation Library Exchange 2003 Clustering Features Planning for Exchange Clustering Understanding Exchange Server 2003 Clustering Benefits and Limitations of Clustering
  • LUA Becomes UAP

    This article says that Microsoft's research indicates that 85% of corporate users and 97% of consumers are running their machines as administrators, according to Neil Charney, a director of product management at the software vendor. Charney said the company...
  • An IT Pro view of Windows Vista

    Today at techready1 we saw some of the features in Vista that are being created for IT Pros. It is not too early to start looking over the information on TechNet and blogs and the MSDN DevCenter : Windows Vista Product Overview for...
  • MOF TV

    Check out the new IT Showcase MOF Case Study Video . Microsoft CIO Ron Markezich discusses how Microsoft IT uses MOF to improve IT operations. The MOF Training video is a condensed MOF Essentials that enables the viewer to understand the concepts and...
  • How to: Deploy MSRT in the enterprise

    Read this new KB on Deployment of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool in an enterprise environment.
  • Microsoft Announces Major Software Assurance Program Enhancements

    Microsoft invites all customers and partners to attend a recorded webcast on September 15, 2005 that will include localized versions in English, German, French, Spanish or Japanese during four different times in your local region. Senior Microsoft...
  • Wax Tadpoles

    It is said that when CocaCola entered the mainland Chinese market, some of the first literal translations of the brandname into Mandarin came out "bite the wax tadpole". Of course, Coke marketing got a grip on the situation pretty quickly. Blogs.technet...
  • IT Insider - Grins Guaranteed

    OK. 4 out of N IT Pro bloggers can not be wrong, right? One of the big ideas driving IT Pro blogs is that you start watching a couple of blogs because you somehow connect with the blogger. You read the blogs because the blogger "gets it". Let's test the...
  • Question Authority, No, Really, Fight Spear Fishing and Clue Up Your Users

    This e-week article says "Online criminals trying to pry passwords and other sensitive information out of companies have started using phony e-mails to pose as powerful executives of the targeted organizations, experts said on Wednesday. Spear phishing...
  • Enterprise Security Heads Up: New Sec Adv

    Microsoft Security Advisory (906267) , published yesterday, warns of a new IE exploit in the wild. Are you using all the notifications we offer? - RSS: Security Advisory RSS Feed - Instant Message: Technical Security Update: Security Advisory -...
  • New Reskit: Visio 2003

    The Visio 2003 IT Professional Resource kit provides you with three ISV solutions, a $1200 value at a fraction of the original cost ($199); including products from the following vendors: LANsurveyor for Visio (from Neon Software) allows IT professionals...
  • EPM at Microsoft

    Read this new paper to understand some enterprise program management best practices from the Microsoft IT group. Enterprise Project Management at Microsoft. Overview of how Microsoft IT uses Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management solution to...
  • Back to School: Try OneNote 2003 FREE

    As your kids head back to school check out the free trial of OneNote2003 . If your kids don't want to try it, suggest that their teachers give it a try. I came from an Education IT background, tech-savvy teachers WILL thank you. There appears to be no...
  • TechNet Bloggers Rock

    Redmond Magazine today lists the top 10 Microsoft blogs . 6 of them are on blogs.technet.com. Yay TN bloggers, keep it up. Less than 6 months old, and with zero "promotion" - you are having impact. At TechReady1 both BV and SS mentioned reading Microsoft...
  • Microsoft Saves US$2.7M in 2 years with DPM

    Case Study: Learn How Microsoft Saves US$2.7 Million with DPM This 15 page paper details how Microsoft deployed Data Protection Manager to reduce the time and cost associated with backing up critical company data for its 130+ remote sites. Includes...
  • Help is on the way...is here

    V1 of the Protect Your PC site launched in August 2003 as a response to the Blaster virus and has since helped protect millions of customers around the world. The new version of the site continues the mission and provides novice users the basic guidance...
  • Visualize Whirled P...atch Tuesdays

    Look at the results of your MBSA scans in Visio to get that right-brain stuff going on the problem. Use the Visio Connector for MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer). The VCMBSA is a Visio COM add-in that allows IT administrators to view the results...
  • Patch Your W2K Pro desktops NOW

    The May 11 Security Advisory warns that there is exploit code in the wild for PNP wseucity issues addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039 . Bottom line, drop what you are doing and get your W2K desktops patched ASAP. Read more on the MSRC...
  • Return of If a Blog Falls in the Forest

    Interest in IT Pro blogging is heating up. Check out Robert Scoble's upcoming Technet Webcast. TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Blogging for the IT Professional (Level 100) Start Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US...