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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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…

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Operations Manager Service Level Dashboard

YAASAFTSAT (AKA Yet Another Awesome Solution Accelerator From the Solution Accelerator Team) 🙂 Check out the new Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 RC1 This free Solution Accelerator collects and monitors operational measurements for your line of business (LOB) applications. Its graphical dashboard makes it easy to keep tabs…

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Upcoming Solution Accelerator Webcasts

Baldwin Ng and Frank Simorjay from the Solution Accelerator team will be presenting the two following webcasts. If you are a Microsoft Partner looking to increase sales opportunities or decrease customer costs (both key in our current financial environment) then make the time to log in to the sessions!   Event Name: Increase Sales Opportunities…

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Meet the Sundancers

On Friday, I blogged about “Project Sundance”, which is an upcoming release from the Solution Accelerators team that combines the Vista/XP/2003/2008/Office security guides with the Configuration Manager Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs for security, along with the GPOAccelerator tool into one package.  Boy, that rolled right off the tongue.  There’s a reason why I’m not…

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Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline

If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face.  First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows.  The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those that you…

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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…

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Beta Announcement – Solution Accelerators for Compliance Management

It has been too long since I posted about the latest Solution Accelerators from my favorite team at Microsoft (er… the Solution Accelerator team).  I have a couple of posts queued up in my head that I’ll write as soon as I have the time. In any case, this announcement is time-sensitive, so I wanted…

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Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 3.0 Released!

Download it here. “But Sean” you may ask yourself…. “didn’t you just post that version 4 had been released?  What’s the deal?” Yes, Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0 was just released.  A representation of the two models (version 3.0 and 4.0) are as follows (3.0 is the first one) Besides the obvious addition of more diamonds…

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Whence Shalt I Screencast?

Alright… back from a MUCH needed vacation, some crazy weather (hail in Seattle?), and I have started to recover from the black lung that my kids were nice enough to share with me. My new Samson microphone showed up as well, so I am ready to start recording some screencasts to share will all of…

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