Creating Custom Performance Reports in System Center Operations Manager 2007

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Recently, I was working with a customer and one of the questions they asked was how to create a new report in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr 2007) based on a combination of different performance counters. It seems they had specific requirements given to them…


Automation: Why Laziness is a Good Trait in IT System Administrators

Written by Mark Farrugia, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada. I was once told that the best system administrators are usually the laziest people. I didn’t take that statement seriously until I gave it some thought and started taking into consideration that it does in fact hold some truth. Provided you care…


Securing MS Exchange 2010: Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Simplified

Written by Samuel Drey, a Premier Field Engineer based in Canada. 1. An introduction to the RBAC permissions model Exchange 2010 introduces a brand new permissions model named “RBAC”, meaning Role Based Access Control.  There’s plenty of documentation about RBAC since this is a new and important feature of Exchange 2010, but I did not…


How To Control Applications In Windows 7 With AppLocker

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer For my follow up article to How to use Windows 7 to lock down removable media and keep your computer safe, I would like to discuss another feature within Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions that both individuals and enterprises can take advantage of – AppLocker….


Documentation: Yes, I know it’s a pain, but it’s needed.

Written by Kip Ng, Principal Microsoft Premier Field Engineer As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE), one of our primarily roles is to perform risk assessments on client IT environments. Of course, we always have very well defined scope as in which Microsoft product that we are reviewing. One of the major issues that always…