TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD

With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out for vacation.  What better time to kick back and watch a TON of technical content from some of the smartest folks at Microsoft? I’m not sure when Channel 9 got so awesome, but they have a killer platform….


More than you wanted to know

If you haven’t made it to a TechEd, you are really missing out.  Hundreds of super-smart speakers giving great presentations on all sorts of Microsoft technologies.  If if you have attended, you likely ended up with the problem that 4 can’t-miss sessions were all taking place at the same time.  Fortunately, the TechEd team has…


P2V Baby

It just does not get any easier than this.  Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a .vhd file for use with Virtual PC or Hyper-V.  Just…


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…


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…


April TechNet Magazine is up!

Internet Explorer: What’s New in Internet Explorer 8 Everyone expects something different from their browser. Some users are most concerned with security and privacy while others are more focused on customizability. Some want full standards compatibility, and others just desire ease of use. Explore the numerous new features and enhancements in Internet Explorer 8 that…


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…


Can you say Virtualization?

It looks like this month’s TechNet Magazine is going buck-wild on Virtualization. October 2008 An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and see how Hyper-V improves the manageability, reliability, and security of virtualization…


24 Hours of SQL Server 2008

With the SQL Server 2008 release coming next quarter, now is a good time to start ramping up on the skills that you will need to deploy and take advantage of the new features of SQL Server 2008.  I see over on the Data Platform Insider blog that there are now 24 hours of recorded…


Performance Tuning for Hyper-V

It looks like the Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 document has been updated to include information on Performance Tuning for Virtualization Servers.  As the Hyper-V RTM release is getting closer, this is good information to start reading now. What’s New: •Added "Power Guidelines" under Server Hardware section and added "Performance Tuning for Virtualization…