Completing 5 days of Forefront Protection Suite (Stirling) Training

Last week I came out to Redmond for 5 days of training on the Forefront Protection Suite, formerly Forefront codenamed “Stirling”. The final name was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference: Forefront codename “Stirling” – the next generation of the Forefront Security Suite for integrated,  comprehensive protection across endpoints, servers and the edge – will…

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New Microsoft Security Site for Governments

A new Security section has been added to the government site on Microsoft.com. The site consolidates a number of relevant tools, solutions, case studies, and links relevant to Public Sector organizations. Several of the solutions call for specific mentions here: Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) Federal Server Core Configuration (FSCC) Infrastructure Optimization (IO) Server Virtualization…

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Threat Modeling Guide for IT Infrastructure

Over on the Solution Accelerators Security Blog is a post and link to the IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide. From the guide: The IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide provides an easy-to-understand method for developing threat models that can help prioritize investments in IT infrastructure security. This guide describes and considers the extensive methodology that exists…

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Networking and Remote Desktop Technical Resources

The links below lead to a series of technical whitepapers on DirectAccess, BranchCache, and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2. Networking Resources: DirectAccess and BranchCache Remote Desktop Resources: Kerberos, User Profiles, RemoteApp

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Windows Server 2008 R2 to RTM in July!

The Windows Server Division blog announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 is tracking with Windows 7 and both are planned to RTM in the second half of July with General Availability on Oct 22! That RTM date is earlier than I thought it would be, I was thinking late August. The more I dig into…

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Microsoft SDL: Get it to go

Today Microsoft made available the Microsoft SDL Process Template. This was announced over on the SDL Blog. Roger has some comments on it as well. The SDL Process Template is a free downloadable template for Visual Studio Team System that integrates the SDL directly into a customer’s software development environment. The template helps: Installs SDL…

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IIS Gaining Rapidly on Apache

I hadn’t taken note of the market share numbers in a while but check out the results from the most recent Netcraft survey. They state the following:  “Microsoft continues to increase its web server market share, adding 2.6 million sites this month as Apache loses 991K hostnames. As a result, Windows improves its market share by…

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Microsoft and Juniper Announce NAP Interoperability

From this press release: “Juniper Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the companies are working together to provide customers and partners with open standards-based interoperability between Juniper Networks Unified Access Control (UAC) and Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP). ” This is similar to an announcement last year that we did…

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The First International Cyberwar?

The Guardian is reporting that “A three-week wave of massive cyber-attacks on the small Baltic country of Estonia, the first known incidence of such an assault on a state, is causing alarm across the western alliance, with Nato urgently examining the offensive and its implications.”. Yahoo is also carrying a similar story from Agence France-Presse (AFP). The…

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Changes to the Security Bulletin Advanced Notification Service

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) announced some changes to the Advanced Notification Service (ANS) which is basically a service anyone can subscribe to which provides notice on Thursday the week before each month’s Tuesday security bulletin releases of the number, severity, and affected products for that month’s security bulletins. The changes are additional detail that will be…

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