Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released

Not sure how I missed this, but the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide has been released! It is available online here, and for download here. As an IT professional focused on security, you know firsthand how essential your servers are to keeping your organization up and running. It’s your job to stand guard over these…

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Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Released

Woohoo!  Just saw it pop up on the Microsoft Download Center, an heard the announcement at the SharePoint Conference.  It looks like the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit has hit the big One-Oh. Main Site: http://www.microsoft.com/collabkit Why should you care? The External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint provides software and documentation to deploy a customizable, SharePoint-based solution that…

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How Many SharePoint Servers Do I Have?

The wide availability of Windows® SharePoint® Services (WSS) 3.0 and the explosive popularity of Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 in enterprise environments, combined with the widespread use of online collaboration tools, have resulted in a proliferation of SharePoint technologies that sometimes escape the notice of IT. SharePoint servers that are not managed by IT…

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Active Directory How-Tos

How do I back up AD? Seize an Operations Manager role? Recover a Domain Controller? Manage SYSVOL? There’s a guide for that… Active Directory Product Operations Guide Process: Back up Active Directory Process: Non-authoritative Restore of Active Directory Process: Authoritative Restore for Active Directory Objects Process: Recovering a Domain Controller Through Reinstallation Process: Installing a…

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Authenticate Linux/Unix to Active Directory

If you need guidance on a Microsoft technology, we probably have a Solution Accelerator for that!  Today’s guide is brought to you by the letter “authentication”. Now… If you operate in a heterogeneous environment, you may one day be tasked with making your Linux boxes talk to Active Directory.  The Windows Security and Directory Services…

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How do I run my IT shop?

I know, I know… another post with a bunch of links from Sean.  You may even scroll past this post to get to the latest Lolcats pic in your newsreader.  Here.  Here’s a cute kitty with a witty caption.  Is that good enough?  Did you get it out of your system?   Good.  Let’s get back…

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SharePoint Extranet Collaboration Toolkit

SharePoint is the hottest thing going at Microsoft.  While Excel is the swiss-army-knife of desktop apps, SharePoint is the do-it-all app on the Server side.  If you are not playing with it already, then you are behind the curve.  Go download the VPC Image, the trial version (x86, x64), try the online test-drive, do some…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (and free Vista/Office)

If you have not played with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator, you really need to.  It was awesome as the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool, and it is even better now that it adds support for Windows Server 2008, Virtualization, and Server Consolidation.  If you read this post all the way to the…

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How much iron do I need?

Photographers get to call their lenses “glass”, so server engineers can get away with calling their servers “iron” :).  Quite often on the internal discussion lists, I see questions along the lines of “my customer is going to implement Exchange 2007 in their environment.  How many servers do they need?” The answer, of course, is…

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Microsoft Deployment Released!

Unified Tools and Guidance for Desktop and Server Deployment Automation. Download it today! We are pleased to announce the official release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator! Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Microsoft Deployment, the fourth generation deployment accelerator, enables deployment of servers and desktops. Its tools and…

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