Windows 10 Cheat Sheet Compilation!

Hello all, I hope your summer is going well!  As you know Windows 10 is here and has hit general availability!!  With that in mind I wanted to put out a few quick things that may be helpful to get the gears turning for testing and evaluation of Windows 10.  Windows 10 Build 10240 is…


Duplicate Outlook Lists After Office 2013 Upgrade (KB3054855)

Hello everyone, I hope all is well.  I wanted to share an interesting issue that we’ve been working on for quite some time.  I say we because I can’t leave out Randy a Senior Escalation Engineer with CSS and the Office team in helping to resolve this issue. Those of you who still might be…


Suite B Public Key Infrastructure Part III

Hey everyone, I'm back to grinding it out again! Here's another one for your "suite-tooth."  We've covered installing and configuring a Suite B Offline Root CA, and also issuing end-entity key agreement and digital signature certificates in accordance with RFC 5759 from an offline Root CA.  Let's go over the scenario of a two tier suite B…


Suite B Public Key Infrastructure Part II

Hello all, hopefully it was a good week in IT!  Lots going on this week in the field; most notably the Surface Pro 3 UEFI update that Ty posted about earlier!  This is certainly a welcome addition, especially for those who don’t seem to have good luck pxe-booting the SP3 or who are doing lots…


Awesomesauce … Surface Pro 3 Update

Microsoft has just released a firmware update for the Surface Pro 3.  This has me very excited about the opportunities that are now made available to the users and administrators of these devices.  I wanted to share a couple new features here … http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/install-update-activate/pro-3-update-history   Alternate System Boot Order You can now configure an Alternate…


AskPtH Video Series

I am sure most everyone has heard something about Pass-the-Hash.  For those of you that don't know what I am referring too I'll share a simple overview.   The Pass-the-Hash (PtH) attack and other credential theft and reuse types of attack use an iterative two stage process. First, an attacker must obtains local administrative access on…


2080

  2080 is the typical amount of work hours in a year.  For me, I've seen 21 of them thus far.  However, being in IT, not one of them is typical, nor were they just 2080 hours either.  Hello everyone, my name is Ty McPherson and I'm a Platforms PFE at Microsoft.  While there is…


Suite B Public Key Infrastructure Part I

I hope everyone out there is gearing up for an excellent week!  Now then, the first order of business here on the blog is to get going on a quick post about commissioning a Server 2012 R2 offline root certificate authority in accordance with RFC 5759 (NSA Suite B cryptography).  Folks that operate in the…


“Rocket surgery, a 6 and a half year old bios, and x64 BIT operating systems.”

These are just but a sampling of very interesting things you run into while in the field!  Hello all, my name is Jesse Esquivel and I’m a platforms PFE at Microsoft, specializing in…well a lot of different things; PKI, identity and access management, security, Windows Server, Windows client, and some perf tuning to name just…