Binging Twitter

Wow, that sounds kind of dirty… I am proud to say that I have managed to make it this far without joining the time sink that is Twitter (although watching CNN, you’d think that it will eventually replace speech as the primary form of human communication). Anyhoo… Bing just added a pretty cool feature: searches…


IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide Released

The Solution Accelerators team is at it again, releasing the IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide, which provides an easy-to-understand method for developing threat models that can help prioritize investments in IT infrastructure security. This guide describes and considers the extensive methodology that exists for Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) threat modeling and uses it to…

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How do you measure up?

Cool Instant Answer on Bing… just visit and search for “<job> salary”


Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide Released

If you are involved in a project to plan or upgrade Active Directory in your branch offices, you may have questions such as: What type of domain controller should I use for a given branch office? Does a given branch office even need a Domain Controller? What topology should I use? How do I monitor…

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Free Technical Support for Windows 7 RC (for Microsoft Partners)

The Partner Online Technical Communities are one of the best kept secrets at Microsoft.  Actually, they are not a secret, but I keep running into Partners that haven’t heard that they have unlimited no-cost support break-fix, developer, and presales incidents for over 50 Microsoft technologies, including: Microsoft Dynamics products Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Forefront security…


Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager Released!

The Service Level Dashboard is an application built on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It is designed to work with an existing Operations Manager 2007 R2 infrastructure configured to monitor business-critical applications. The dashboard evaluates an application or group over a time period that the administrator selects during setup, determines whether it met the defined service…


Having a bad day?

You know… the kind of day where all of the hard drives fail on one of your domain controllers, and then the new sysadmin runs a script on your production AD environment that deletes all user accounts, and then a hurricane hits your backup datacenter and floods your server room, submerging the last few backup…


Slipstreaming SP2 into SharePoint Server 2007

If you are performing a greenfield or clean install of SharePoint, it is a good idea to install the latest version (which as of today would be Service Pack 2 with the April Cumulative Update).  The latest install media for SharePoint, however, only has SP1 integrated, so today I will show you how to slipstream…

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Updating SharePoint

I just finished installing Service Pack 2 on my team’s SharePoint server, and the process went absolutely flawlessly (which is very different from some of my past upgrades).  What made the difference?  Reading the instructions (something we geeks tend to not do :)  Before we get started, here are the links for the current updates…


New Stsadm Commands in SharePoint April Cumulative Update (CU)

Todd Klindt has already covered the new stsadm commands that were added in Service Pack 2 (SP2) of SharePoint here (Top 6 new STSADM operations in SharePoint 2007 SP2), but it looks like we slipped in a few more in the April Cumulative Update: Job-gradual-site-deletion Lets a site collection be marked as deleted, which immediately…

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