Do you know what is out there on TechNet?

As per my last blog posting… I thought it would be useful to let you know some of what is available as really cool and useful resources on TechNet Canada (okay I will also include some world wide links as well) At the end of presentations, workshops and talks I do I normally include the…

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Is the password dead?

In a previous blog post I talked about account lockout tools… and quite rightly it was pointed out by Drew that one potential drawback is that people can us the lockout feature as a denial of service (DoS) attack. When you decide on your password policies, part of the job is to weigh up the…

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Exchange Best Practice Analyser Tool…

I told you I would be giving your some more tools for the holiday season. Whilst trawling through the MS site the other day, I came across this tool… http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/exbpa/default.asp The EXBPA is a really cool tool that will help you analyse and optimise the configuration of your Exchange Servers and more… such as: Generate a…

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Account lockout tools….

One of the challenges I always came up against, both as a security consultant and as an network administrator was account lockouts… I kept coming up against this in a number of ways: – Accounts being locked out because of attempts to brute force the password. – People forgetting their passwords (and not just users!). – Incorrectly set up…

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Windows Server 2003 SP1 Release Candidate

I am really interested to find out your experiences with Windows Server 2003 SP1 Release Candidate. I have now installed it on several machines running under Virtual PC and Virtual Server 2005 with no problems. OK I hear you say – that is a controlled environment, well yes, but remember this is the Release Candidate…….

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Blog Spam

I have fought long and hard to avoid doing this, but because of the volume and content of some of the blog spam that some people have seen fit to put on my blog, I have had to resort to approving all comments that are posted here. I have spent a great deal of time…

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And there is more…

Many people send me emails via this blog giving their feedback ( I always encourage that!). Some even post comments back and I love that. Others fill in the feedback forms we hand out during events – a quick reminder 1 is bad 9 is good… The question I often get asked is how can I give…

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As if by Magic.

I was recently contacted by Dwight Bittner in Alberta as a result of the tour and my blog postings about a challenge he had. I wanted to share this with you as an example, not only of how useful I am told having a Microsoft Techie talking to you all is, but about how we…

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As if you hadn’t had enough of me blogging today.

I got some time today and decided to add to my blog as quite rightly I was chastised the other day for having a break of over 2 weeks between posts. I have been away on a training course in Redmond. Now call me synical but I thought it rained a great deal in BC. Now…

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Cool Tools

I thought for Christmas this year it would be great of we all shared. I think Christmas comes early each time I find a new tool that I can share with everyone. I would like everyone to let us all know about the latest tools you have found. First blood goes to Dwight Bittner who told me…

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