Impact of FDCC Settings on Mobile Use Scenarios

This post authored by Barry Hartmann, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Federal…    With the adoption of the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) settings for Windows XP there needs to be given consideration for mobile use scenarios and how they are impacted by the settings.  There are several key settings that have a pronounced effect on…


Importing FDCC Group Policy Objects

This post authored by Joel Yoker, a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Federal…   As the February deadline approaches for the implementation of FDCC settings approaches, management of the FDCC Group Policy Objects (GPOs) is a common question Federal IT professionals (IT Pros) have today.  FDCC GPO management spans a few areas, including settings review, initial import…

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Upcoming FDCC webcasts

Our upcoming FDCC webcasts include: Dec 5, 2007:  Top 10 Questions About FDCCDiscussion of the Top Ten List of questions customers have asked Microsoft with respect to the FDCC initiative Dec 19, 2007:  Utility to Apply FDCC Settings to Local Group PolicyDemonstration and discussion of a new utility that applies FDCC GPO settings to the…

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NIST has published additional, detailed guidance and tools

The Computer Security Division at NIST has established a new webpage to support the requirements of the OMB mandate related to the FDCC: http://csrc.nist.gov/fdcc/. While NIST is hosting this site the content there included valuable contributions from a variety of federal agencies as well as Microsoft. There’s a detailed FAQ that will answer many questions…


Secure Standard Desktop Configuration for Government Technology Exchange on August 1

The Federal CIO Council is hosting a workshop on the FDCC that will include speakers from federal agencies, Microsoft, and other vendors on August 1, 2007 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Session topics include the OMB’s perspective, distribution and deployment options, addressing application compatibility challenges, and how to measure compliance. There’s also…


About the bloggers…

Mandy Tidwell, Senior Consultant MCS – Federal Practice As a Senior Consultant with the MCS Federal Practice, Mandy assists U.S. Federal Government agencies with the design and implementation of Windows desktop deployments.  Her primary focus is on FDCC implementation in Windows XP and Vista through the use of tools such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit….


Kicking off the FDCC blog

Current Status    On March 19, Karen Evans, Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology for the Office of Management and Budget, sent a memo to all Federal government CIO’s requiring agencies to move to a standard configuration for computers running Microsoft Windows by February 1, 2008. Since then Microsoft has been collaborating with a handful of…

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Resources

Microsoft Resources Security Guidance:  Windows Vista Security Guide Windows XP Security Guide Windows Server 2003 Security Guide Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Government Resources OMB memo 7-11, issued on March 22, 2007: “Implementaiton of Commonly Accepted Security Configurations for Windows Operating Systems.” OMB memo 7-18, issued on June…

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