The IT Compliance Management Guide is now available!

What Is This Guide? The IT Compliance Management Guide is a Solution Accelerator that can save you time and money by shifting your governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) efforts from people to technology. Using the configuration guidance can help you efficiently address your organization’s GRC objectives with Microsoft technology you may already own. This Accelerator…

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New Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 w R2

Are You Deploying System Center Configuration Manager? If you are, then you’ll find this NEW Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide for Configuration Manager will be an invaluable resource.  The guide enables you to quickly select which features of Configuration Manager you need in order to meet you organizations business needs.  Determining which site roles will be…

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Just Published: Network Policy Server (NPS) Technical Reference

What is NPS? Network Policy Server (NPS) is a networking component of Windows Server® 2008 that allows you to create and enforce organization-wide network access policies for client health, connection request authentication, and connection request authorization. What Else Can NPS Do? NPS can also be used as a RADIUS proxy to forward connection requests to…

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Problems Over The Weekend with Registering Your PIN for Windows Vista Ultimate

I had a few comments  and some emails this weekend that many of you were having problems registering the PIN from the Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Promotional Kit.  I have been informed there were some system problems this weekend.  If you tried, and failed to register your PIN this weekend, please try again today.  If…

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System Center Essentials – Configuration Video and New SCE 2007 Operations Guide

Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is a new management solution in the System Center family of IT systems management products specifically designed for midsize businesses (up to 500 PCs and 30 servers). Essentials provides: monitoring and alert resolution for servers, clients, applications, hardware, and network devices; software distribution; update management; and software and hardware inventory….

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Just Published: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Best Practices Analyzer

The Windows Small Business Server 2008 Best Practices Analyzer was just published last week.  What exactly do the analyzer do?  It will examine a server running Windows Small Business Server 2008 and provide a list of information and any errors, sorted by severity, that administrators should review.  The list describes each issue, and it provides…

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Time To Reboot – Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA

Thought this was an amusing picture.  I was driving past my local mall the other night and saw the information display showing their system has just finished running CHKDSK, successfully I might add, the C: volume is CLEAN!!! OK folks, its time to reboot or turn the display off!!

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical

Overview The security update MS08-067 resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. On Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability without authentication to run arbitrary code. It…

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Phishing Scams: What Can You Do?

There are a lot of phishing scams out there at the moment.  The reason I decided to post this is because I almost fell for one of the social networking scams.  I was in Facebook the other day and what appeared to be an instant message from a friend popped up.  It said something like…

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