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  • Blog Post: New Azure Solution Accelerator – Azure Identity

    Partners, This is the second Solution Accelerator focused on getting partners started on Azure. In our first Solution Accelerator, we provide step-by-step guidance on setting up a Hybrid Cloud or extending your network to Azure. The next logical step is to take advantage of managing identity in Azure...
  • Blog Post: Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?

    Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into...
  • Blog Post: Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities...
  • Blog Post: Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
  • Blog Post: The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server.  Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now...
  • Blog Post: Would you believe…?

      By Ron Grattopp….Some of you may be old enough to remember an old TV show called “Get Smart” where the principal character was a somewhat bumbling secret agent named Maxwell Smart who used his famous byline “Would you believe… in situations where his initial response to a query was going to be...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2010 released

    With the release of the security bulletins for December 2010, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued December 9, 2010. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification . For December...
  • Blog Post: The greatest browsing security technology you probably never heard of…

    By Ron Grattopp …..I ran across this report a while back and thought it might be a worthwhile thing to share with you.  One of my favorite all-time movie lines comes from the original Pirates of the Caribbean where the Commodore tells Jack Sparrow that he’s the worst pirate he’s ever heard of, to...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a tool to help efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies?

    Hardening operating systems and applications, implementing security settings, and enforcing compliance standards can be resource intensive—but it doesn’t have to be. Take advantage of a free new tool from the Microsoft security experts on the Solution Accelerators team. The Security Compliance Manager...
  • Blog Post: Speaking of System Center, get ready for major updates in 2012

      By Ron Grattopp …..my teammate BVA just blogged about the upcoming TechNet System Center and Virtualization training, and, of course, you may well already know that we provide the best-of-breed management platform for Microsoft workloads whether physical- or virtual-based.  And, we provide...
  • Blog Post: Here’s some food for thought the next time someone complains about “buggy” Microsoft software, also please check out the recommended reads listed toward the end

    Most of you already know that in this age of the Secure Computing Initiative (aka Secure Development Lifecycle) at Microsoft that we actually have made tremendous strides in providing not only more secure software but more robust software as well.  Of course, whenever you make a platform change...
  • Blog Post: Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist This is really cool!  We’ve been waiting for this!  By “we” I mean us cloud geeks that envision a 100% cloud only platform on which we run our business.  First lets discuss some very important acronyms that make this happen: WAAD (Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: An Out of Band Security Update was Just Released

    Please take a moment to look at this latest security patch.  We felt it was important to release this update before our release cycle next week. There is malicious software in the wild and you need to update your systems as soon as possible.   It affects Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Client Security Architecture and Licensing

    Q: (from Keith) Is there a resource for using the Forefront product and to help me understand what parts and pieces are required from a licensing perspective? A: When you are looking for Forefront, I’m going to assume you mean Forefront Client Security (not Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, Threat Management...
  • Blog Post: Out of Band Security Fix, Please Take Action Now

    Today we released an Out of Band security fix for Internet Explorer. This fix covers IE 6, 7 & 8 and it is a critical fix . We don’t release normal fixes Out of Band and we recognize how difficult it is for our partners and customers to react to a release like this, but we really needed to do it...
  • Blog Post: Out of Band Security Fix, Please Take Action Now - Bulletin MS12-063 - Critical

    Rob Waggoner   Friday we released an Out of Band security fix for Internet Explorer.  This fix covers IE 6, 7, 8 & 9 and it is a critical fix .  We don’t release normal fixes Out of Band and we recognize how difficult it is for our partners and customers to react to a release like...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

      Now available for download from the connect site is the beta of the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.  What’s new in Security Essentials 2.0 Beta: - Windows Firewall integration – Microsoft Security Essentials will ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or...
  • Blog Post: A noted hacker’s view of Microsoft security (updated)

    Marc Maiffret--the quick rise of a teen hacker (Q&A) - Insecurity Complex blog post by Elinor Mills 4/15/10 Of course, I’ve done more than a few posts over the last couple of years around security in my continuing quest to help our partner readers overcome some of the antiquated misconceptions around...
  • Blog Post: Forefront for Exchange and SharePoint, the Elevator Pitch

    Rob Waggoner   We we talk about Email and Collaboration, we need to ensure that as we grow these capabilities, we ensure we crow these capabilities securely.  Our Forefront brand of products are built for just this reason.  Here is the Elevator Pitch for Forefront for Exchange and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

    What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2. BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003. Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

    Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Secure booting in Windows 8

    By Ron Grattopp ….I mentioned in my last post that I would follow up on the Trusted Boot process in Windows 8, and give you more details on it as well as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).  First, let’s start with a quick UEFI primer. Historically, most Windows-based computers begin their...
  • Blog Post: MS10-002 : IE | Critical – Partner Briefing

    I will be hosting a webcast on Monday, January 25th to discuss the Critical patch for Internet Explorer that was announced on January 21st.  We will discuss the details around this vulnerability within the various versions of Internet Explorer and the steps you need to take within your organization...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday TwC

      Ron Grattopp ……most of you know one of my recurring themes is security, specifically the platform security that we provide that’s industry-leading.  And it’s that industry-leading platform security that I regularly remind you should be a key selling factor in your customer conversations. ...
  • Blog Post: More ammo on browser security for your customer conversations

    By Ron Grattopp …..Back in September, I did a post called “The greatest browser security technology you probably never heard of…” which was a security focused post around the idea that socially-engineered (SE) malware is a far more prevalent threat today than the classic vulnerability exploit (aka drive...