Using an F5 Load Balancer as an NLS server for DirectAccess

I was working on a deployment of DirectAccess for a company and of course how to deploy NLS came up.  Obviously it is important that the NLS servers always be available, so the plan was to create two virtual IIS servers and put them behind their internal F5 load balancers.  This would allow them to take…

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Released: The External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint!

I’m happy to announce that the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint has been released and is now available at http://www.microsoft.com/collabkit.  This toolkit helps you easily deploy a SharePoint-based external collaboration facility at your organization.  Once this facility is in place, end users can quickly create a new collaboration site (using a SharePoint site collection) and…

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Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released!

My buddies down the hall recently released the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide the other day.  This security guide is targeted at the latest Windows Server release (obviously!) and helps you implement the appropriate security settings based on the server’s role. You can access the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide at http://www.microsoft.com/wssg.

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Help us develop a new Solution Accelerator focused on Secure Collaboration

Employees need to share documents with individuals from other companies, such as partners and suppliers. These documents often contain sensitive information that needs to be kept safe and secure. Microsoft SharePoint products deliver the document collaboration capabilities, but many IT departments have been reluctant to use a SharePoint infrastructure with external parties because of concerns…

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Successful side meeting today

Today I conducted what I would characterize as a very successful side meeting at the Peobody hotel.  The side meeting was focused on secure collaboration, and ran about 2 hours. We got about 60% of the RSVPs that attended which seems to be about par for the course. Generally speaking, the things we were thinking…

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Announcing the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

I am happy to announce that the we have released the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs.  This solution accelerator is designed to help you understand the encryption options that Microsoft provides that can help protect laptop data (BitLocker and Encrypting File System), and then deploy and operate the selected technologies.  The DET includes a…

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Collaborating Outside the Firewall (Tech Ed Side Meeting)

I’m now envisioning my next project for the Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team.  As a bit of background, my team provides prescriptive, tested guidance to help customers solve tricky security problems quickly.  My new project is going to focus on collaborating securely outside the firewall.  While this topic could be pretty broad, I’m…

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Secure Collaboration: What’s it mean to you?

I’m wrapping up my current project in the next couple of weeks and starting to think about my next project.  This next project will focus on “Secure Collaboration”.  I’ve got some ideas about what we could do in this area, but the most important thing is to help solve our customers’ problem.  Therefore, I’d like…

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EFS Assistant Updated: RC2 now available on CodePlex

We have made a few bug fixes to the EFS Assistant tool and its Administrator’s Guide.  We have posted new versions to our CodePlex site at http://www.codeplex.com/EFSAssistant.  Please let me know if you find any bugs or you get any error messages when you run the tool.

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EFS Assistant RC1 is now available!

The Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team has released its first release candidate for the Microsoft Encrypting File System Assistant 1.0 (EFS Assistant).  This tool helps centrally control EFS encryption on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista clients.  You can download the Release Candidate 1 version of the tool and the Administrator’s Guide here.

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