Great info on Extending AD Schema

Just a quick post to flag this article.  This is really good to have handy.  Note that making changes to schema is risky business and should not be taken lightly but when done correctly it can be quite valuable.  Another good option is to have an ADAM directory online if you have a high number…

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Where to find technical information on TPM

 The Trusted Platform Module is not a Microsoft technology but Vista leverages TPM as a preferred hardware component when enabling BitLocker drive encryption.  The Trusted Computing Group maintains the specifications on TPM and provides a great deal of technical background information. Link to Trusted Computing Group: TPM


Credential Provider Samples

I know a few schools out there are working on custom credential providers for Vista.  I have heard of projects such as authenticating to third party kerb realms, etc.  The code samples for Vista RTM have been posted and may be of value.  Link to Download details: Credential Provider Samples [Updated 1/3/7 11:45 PM] I just saw…


News reports of a Windows vulnerability

In the last few days there has been a lot of chatter about a vulnerability found in Windows.  Ars Technica has a good write-up.  The point is you have to have access to the machine to exploit the vulnerability.  It should be taken seriously without a doubt but when I see things like this I have…

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MOREnet Security Symposium

Today I’m in Columbia, Missouri at the MOREnet Security Symposium.  The speaker up before me is really good! Vista has some really interesting security features for schools.  Network Access Protection and BitLocker are both topics I view as being incredibly valuable to education when they are understood and implemented correctly.  For managed environments like computer labs (some…


NAC-NAP, better together

In education when we talk about NAP the question always comes up – well, couldn’t someone leverage this or that to circumvent NAP and still get on the network?  Ultimately that’s the wrong approach in my opinion as users should see NAP as a tool employed to help users get/stay secure, not prevent them from accessing the network. Once…


Education FAQs – BitLocker

As the second installment of my education FAQs for Windows Vista technologies, I have gathered a series of popular questions regarding BitLocker drive encryption.  Tony Ureche, Program Manager, has been kind enough to allow me a blog interview based on questions I have received during customer discussions and feedback from the Windows-HIED listserv. If you…

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What products are covered by Microsoft Update? – Answer

Yesterday I received the question – what products are now updated through Microsoft Update?  I had to do a little more digging than expected to find the answer so I’m posting it here for reference.  I ended up finding this FAQ off microsoft.com/security – Link to FAQ Which operating systems and programs does Microsoft Update…


FAQ – Network Access Protection in Higher Education

I recently had the pleasure of working with Elliot Lewis, a Network Security Architect at Microsoft who is well informed on Network Access Protection.  Probably the most common question we have been asked by customers in Higher Education is how NAP will work with student machines, other platforms, and non-Microsoft infrastructure servers.  While many see…

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Microsoft TechTalks for Education in May

Microsoft’s Education team is pleased to announce its May TechTalks series. These Live Meetings are hosted every Wednesday and are designed for education customers (K-12 and Higher Education) to get technical information on our products and solutions.  They are open to all K-12 and Higher Education customers and partners and require an event registration.  Live…