What’s new in SMB 3.1.1 in the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

  1. Introduction Every new version of Windows brings updates to our main remote file protocol, known as SMB (Server Message Block). If you’re not familiar with it, you can find some information in this previous blog post: Windows Server 2012 R2: Which version of the SMB protocol (SMB 1.0, SMB 2.0, SMB 2.1, SMB…

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Migrating File Servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

  Introduction If you have SMB File Servers running Windows Server 2003, you are probably already aware that the extended support for that OS will end on July 14, 2015. You can read more about this at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/08/26/best-practices-for-windows-server-2003-end-of-support-migration.aspx. If you’re still using Windows Server 2003, you should be planning your migration to a newer version…

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Episode 20 of "From End to Edge and Beyond" covers SMB Encryption in Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0

A quick blog post to highlight that I participated in an episode of “From End to Edge and Beyond”, recorded during TechEd North America 2012 with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes. This show is focused on security, so the main focus was on the new SMB  Encryption feature in Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0. We discussed…

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The Basics of SMB Signing (covering both SMB1 and SMB2)

SMB Signing Overview Server Message Block (SMB) is the file protocol most commonly used by Windows. SMB Signing is a feature through which communications using SMB can be digitally signed at the packet level. Digitally signing the packets enables the recipient of the packets to confirm their point of origination and their authenticity. This security…

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How DFS Replication (DFS-R) secures its communication

During a recent internal conference, someone asked me about how DFS-R (DFS Replication) in Windows Server 2008 R2 secures its communication. I wasn’t sure at the time, so I talked to a few people that work with DFS-R and spent some time looking into that. It turns out that DFS-R uses security above and beyond…

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Microsoft keynote at the RSA Conference 2009: End to End Trust

Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Trustworthy Computing (Scott Charney) delivered an interesting keynote as part of this year’s RSA Conference about End to End Trust, following up on Craig Mundie’s keynote last year. End to End Trust is described as “Microsoft’s vision for a safer, more trusted Internet that can only be achieved through broad cross industry collaboration…

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SQL Server 2008 Security

Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Security” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of my own (mis)interpretation :-). Always check your facts on Books Online…

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SQL Server 2008 Auditing

Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Auditing” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of my own (mis)interpretation :-). Always check your facts on Books Online…

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SQL Server 2008 Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of my own (mis)interpretation :-). Always check your facts…

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SQL Server 2008 Encryption

Here are some notes on “SQL Server 2008 Encryption” I took while attending an advanced class on SQL Server taught by Greg Low (from http://sqlblog.com/blogs/greg_low/ and http://www.sqldownunder.com/). Please note that, although these notes were taken during the class, I might have added some of my own (mis)interpretation :-). Always check your facts on Books Online…

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