Visio Bonanza

WOW. This is an AWESOME resource.  So much so that I capitalized, bolded, italicized, AND underlined AWESOME.  I just found a page on Technet with TONS of Visio diagrams for every type of SharePoint Deployment/Topology/Project. Head on over here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb310619.aspx and scroll down to where the product says "SharePoint Server 2007" Some of my favorites…


TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

Download the eBook here. There is nothing particularly fundamental about this book, unless you are a CCNP or otherwise live and breathe packets.  Surprisingly (to me) however, the book remains quite readable. Written by Joseph Davies (aka The Cable Guy in TechNet Magazine)… he even has an entry on Wikipedia here. This online book is…

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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…


TechNet and MSDN- Running on Hyper-V

If you were at MMS 2008, or if you read executive keynotes in your spare time, you heard Bob Muglia mention that we are running MSDN and TechNet virtualized, in production on Hyper-V. MSDN and TechNet are full virtualized right now with Hyper-V, and we had a dramatic cost savings when we went and did…


Security within Microsoft’s own IT department

In case you are curious what it is like to be in charge of Security for IT at Microsoft, you get to deal with an environment where there are: Approximately 100,000 intrusion attempts each month. Approximately 1 million infected or malicious e-mail messages received each month. Over 5,000 PCs rebuilt every day. Microsoft IT (MSIT)…

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I did it! (also known as the June TechNet Magazine)

One of the best parts of working at Microsoft is the amazing discussions and debates that take place on our internal Discussion Lists.  A few months ago, the greatest security minds at Microsoft were undergoing a hot and heavy debate on Security by Obscurity.  Does it make sense to rename the Administrator account?  Change the…


Operate IT like a pro

I have been agonizing over this post for the last week and a half. I do my best in this blog to not post entries designed just to make me look smarter… I hope that you can use these posts to make your life easier, do your job better, and maybe have some more time…

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May TechNet magazine is out

…and awesome as always!  Check it out here. Windows Administration: Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 and the new Windows Server Backup utility bring many changes and welcome enhancements to backing up. Here is an in-depth guide to backing up and restoring Active Directory in the new server OS….


Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernel Changes

Great Stuff from SysInternals (and Mark Russinovich): Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernal Changes: Mark goes deep inside the Server 2008 kernel to describe enhancements to memory management and I/O processing, as well as how Server 2008 implements new features like Hyper-V, self-healing NTFS, SMB2, and more. This article complements the three-part series Windows Vista kernal…

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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…