SQL Server 2008 Governance, Risk, and Compliance

I was just reading through the SQL Server 2008 Compliance Guide that was just released, and it actually has some great information on taking advantage of the new features as part of your GRC program.  Transparent encryption, policy-based management, auditing reports… good stuff! Get it here.


In my head

I know I have fallen woefully behind in my blogging… for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for 18 college credits while working full time, which has left me precious little time for things I once enjoyed, like blogging, sleep, or remembering my kid’s names. Good times. In…

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Speed up your PC!

When browsing around on the Internet today, I ended up on one of those “your computer is running slow, you should buy my fake speeder-upper program!” sites.  This particular site has decided that registry errors cause all sorts of problem, including (but not limited to) HARDWARE FAILURE WITH YOUR IPOD OR SPEAKERS. How is this even…

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Nuclear Controls

On a nuclear submarine, it takes two keys to initiate the launch of a nuclear missile (if movies like Hunt for the Red October are to be believed).  At Microsoft, it looks like we use THREE cards to allow access to our Public Key Infrastructure. Microsoft IT created security worlds with administrative card sets composed…


CISSP® Baby!

In my Inbox today from (ISC)2: Congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to be the first to address you with the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) designation! Based upon your examination results, a review of your application and acceptance of your endorsement, the (ISC)2 Board of Directors awarded you with the CISSP designation. Yaaay!…

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Threats and Countermeasures Guide updated for Windows Vista

It looks like the Threats and Countermeasures guide has been updated for Windows Vista. This guide is a reference to security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Windows® operating systems. This guide is a companion for two other publications that are available from Microsoft: Windows Server 2003 Security Guide…


Process Monitor 2 Released – Now with more cowbell!

If you have any need to find out what your computer is really doing under the hood, you know that Process Monitor is the tool.  Today, Process Monitor 2.0 was released.  From the Sysinternals blog: This major update to Process Monitor adds real-time TCP and UDP monitoring to its existing process, thread, DLL, file system…

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You might be a PM if…

Fun compile of a lengthy thread on an internal discussion list  (thanks Eric!)  🙂 You might be a PM if… … someone asks about your weekend plans and your answer consists of a list of Pri ones, twos, and threes. … you’ve ever ended a relationship using a PowerPoint presentation. … you shape your wedding…


Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Free eBook available here: http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urss1q2we6 Learn about major new features in SQL Server 2008 including security, administration, and performance. Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Chapter 1: Security and Administration Chapter 2: Performance Chapter 3: Type System Chapter 4: Programmability Chapter 5: Storage Chapter 6: Enhancements for High Availability Chapter 7: Business Intelligence Enhancements


Fun Windows Live search queries

Calories in a Moose http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=calories+in+a+moose&form=QBRE MSFT AAPL GOOG quote You can get quotes on multiple stocks at the same time with the results in a table http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=MSFT+AAPL+GOOG+quote&form=QBRE Birth rate in Uganda http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=birth+rate+in+uganda&form=QBRE Useful when working on that 5th grade Social Studies project.  You can do other stuff such as literacy rate, area, capital, GDP, population growth/density,…

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