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…


Network Utilization between Vista and Windows Server 2008

I love the next-generation TCP/IP Stack and SMB 2.0. It makes for quite zippy transfers 🙂 More on the new networking features of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 here:


Sometimes the error message means what it says

I’m in the process of setting up a new Hyper-V server, and for some reason I was unable to connect via Terminal Services to the server… I had properly enabled the “Allow connections from computer running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) option”.  However, no matter, what I did, I got the following error:…


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…


Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer update released. Now with 64-bits!

I see over on Matt’s blog that MBSA 2.1 has been released, with the following new features: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 compatibility New revised user interface 64-bit support Improved Windows Embedded support Compatibility with Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services 2.0 and 3.0, the SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Update (ITMU), and SCCM…


Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide

The latest version of the links below can be found here, or download a PDF version here.  Don’t ask me where they got that US-Army-looking-font in the PDF… it probably wouldn’t have been my first choice 😉 Group Policy Documentation Essentials These links help you get started with Group Policy. Learn • Group Policy TechCenter:…


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…


Network Shell (Netsh) Technical Reference released

Aaaaah… to come full circle.  Microsoft’s OSs started at the command line, went GUI, and you can now do more from then command-line than ever before.  Between PowerShell, the Windows Command Reference, and now the Netsh Technical Reference, you can script until you are blue in the face. The Windows Server® 2008 Network Shell (Netsh)…


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…


The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

Some highlights… Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services) and remote administration tools are not included in Server Manager. To obtain the new features and tools…