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…


Microsoft Exchange 2010: Tools for Performance and Scalability Evaluation

Written by Dan Erelis, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada. The design of a Microsoft Exchange 2010 infrastructure can be a daunting task. Countless hours are spent evaluating current loads, hardware and disk specifications, IOPS requirements and potential client activity/growth. Once you have achieved your goals in the design phase, testing and qualification of…


Release Management. Don’t just throw it over the fence!

  Written by guest blogger Suzanne Battiston, Principal Microsoft Technical Account Manager If you’re in IT operations, you’ve most likely experienced the following situation: a large scale integration project with several developers, business analysts, testers, UAT leads, project managers, program managers, executive steering committees…….but wait, where’s operations? A month before the project goes into production;…


Deploying Device Drivers in OSD Task Sequences Using SCCM

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer In a previous post, we looked at ways of importing our drivers into Microsoft System Center ConfigMgr so that we can use them for our various Operating System Deployments (OSD). We also touched on adding drivers to our boot images as this can easily be accomplished during…


IT Operations: Technology Is Not The Sole Answer

Written by Kip Ng, Principal Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Most people in IT have a strong tendency to resolve a problem with technology or introducing more technologies into a solution. I‘m guilty on this count too. Well, you know what? Technology is not always the answer. 3 key elements to successful IT operations are People,…


How Microsoft Exchange 2010 Helps Combat PST Infestation

Written by Dan Erelis, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer  As I discussed in a previous post on combating PST (personal folder files) infestation, one of the fundamental reasons why organizations look to an email archiving solution is to solve the problems associated with PST  storage. There are organizations out there that restrict the use of PSTs,…


How To Manage Device Drivers When Deploying OS Images Via Microsoft SCCM

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer  If you ever had to deploy an OS image to different varieties of end-user hardware then you’ll know the frustrations that can occur when dealing with the multitude of drivers that may come in to play. Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) for OS deployments will…


How to Securely Configure the SCCM 2007 Management Pack for SCOM 2007

Written by Nicolas Pasquali, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 helps administrators manage and administer Configuration Manager 2007 servers.  It’s a powerful tool for monitoring the health of your IT infrastructure which is available as a free download here.  Like many…