In Case You Won Powerball Tonight

Active Directory (AD) Security Best Practices Guide – download now available

This document provides a practitioner’s perspective and contains a set of practical techniques to help IT executives protect an enterprise Active Directory® environment. Active Directory plays a critical role in the IT infrastructure, and ensures the harmony and security of different network resources in a global, interconnected environment. The methods discussed are based largely on…

Office 2013 and Office 365 Identity and Auth Poster

This poster illustrates and explains the new world of identity and authentication in Office 2013 and Office 365. Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud or in a hybrid (on-premises and Microsoft cloud) topology. Go get the poster @

The Kerberos Survival Guide

Since many other operating system vendors are also adopting this MIT-developed authentication protocol, Kerberos Version 5 will increasingly become a centerpiece of enterprise-level interoperability. Kerberos provides secure user authentication with an industry standard that permits interoperability. The Active Directory domain controller maintains user account and log-in information to support the Kerberos service. Want to learn…

Microsoft Test Lab Guides on the TechNet WIKI

Test Lab Guides (TLGs) allow you to get valuable hands-on experience with new products and technologies using a pre-defined and tested methodology that results in a working configuration. When you use a TLG to create a test lab, instructions define what servers to create, how to configure the operating systems and system services, and how…

New XBOX console?

Now this is a simulator and it is for sale at Costco, if you can afford it.

Moving Applications to the Cloud – 3rd Edition now available for download

This guide is the third edition of the first volume in a series about Windows Azure. It demonstrates how you can adapt an existing on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud by introducing a fictitious company named Adatum that modifies its expense tracking and reimbursement system, aExpense, so that it can be…

Cybersecurity 2020 – Student Essay Contest for a chance to win $5000

Microsoft is looking for great student research on the future of cybersecurity policy. If you have conducted or plan to conduct such research, read on for information on how you can win a $5,000 cash prize for your research in our Cybersecurity 2020 essay contest.  Get the full details at See the official rules…

Why is this dude smiling?

I want to thank the folks at Bing for the smile today.  Very Cute. Because he can see the nude beach. LOL