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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Don’t trust a fake Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), Get the Real Thing!

    Rob Waggoner   CRN has the following article talking about rogue software that is impersonating itself as Microsoft Security Essentials.  A rogue version of Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)'s free antimalware product, Microsoft Security Essentials, is making its way around the Internet by scaring users...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases new Security Incident Report, version 8, for H2CY09

      Microsoft has released a new Security Incident Report (which you should be able to download as a PDF from this link) that covers H2CY09 (Jul-Dec 2009).  I would also encourage you to visit the homepage (shown above) for this report ( Microsoft's quarterly overview ) where you can download...
  • Blog Post: Apple update sets new patch record

    This actually happened a few weeks back, but it’s part of my continuing story on how Microsoft’s whole approach to security, in the era since the Trustworthy Computing Initiative, is a better bet for your business than any other platform, even some that have the advantage of perceptions that they are...
  • Blog Post: Answering the question: “Does Microsoft Look for Vulnerabilities in Their Own Products?”

    This is a repeat of one of my posts from January on the old TS2 blog, but I thought it was worthy of a re-post.  And you know platform security is one of my favorite subjects. Does Microsoft Look For Vulnerabilities in Their Own Products? Well, if you even entertained the initial thought that the...
  • Blog Post: Browser security redux

      By Ron Grattopp …..About 6 months ago, I did a post around including browser security as part of your customer conversations.  As we move forward in this ever more mobile, cloud-oriented computing paradigm where the browser becomes THE central app, I believe browser security should be an...
  • Blog Post: Update: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR v12)

      By Ron Grattopp …..Well, it’s been over 2 years since I’ve blogged about the SIR (last one I did was for V8, Apr 2010), so I thought it might be time for a reprise.  You might remember that the SIR is published twice a year for the previous 6-month period, so this one (V12) is for the time...
  • Blog Post: Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider...

    We've already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008. If there's interest, I'll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me know. RMS - allows you to encrypt your data while...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Password Sync (part of Directory Sync) Now Available!

    Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP Great news for Office 365 partners and customers that want a simple way to match their AD passwords with their Office 365 passwords!  The Office 365 Directory Synchronization tool (affectionately known as Dirsync) will now synchronize your user’s AD password with their Office...
  • Blog Post: Identity management, to cloud or not to cloud

    By Ron Grattopp ….last month one of the posts I did was on the “Cloud OS”, so as part of my research for that I ran across information from some time back that I think is still relevant but not well known about our technology, so I wanted to share.  This post centers around info from a couple of...
  • 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...