Why can I not compress AND encrypt a folder in Windows?

Just a random bit of knowledge to share here 🙂 If you open the Advanced Attributes of a folder (right-click on it, choose properties, then click Advanced…), you have the option at the bottom of the window to either compress the contents to save disk space, or encrypt the contents to secure data. Judging by…

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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)…

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The best feature you’ve never heard of…

Although the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) has been around since 2005 (it shipped with Windows Server 2003 R2, is present in SBS 2003 R2), I have yet to meet anyone (even hard-core Admins) who have even heard of it.  It is an excellent tool to have in your toolbox, especially as hard drives get…

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Windows Command Reference

If you are a sysadmin,  you probably spend more time at the command line than the average user.  If you have been looking for a handy reference as to the commands and syntax you can use, the Windows Command Reference will come in handy.  Commands are listed alphabetically or by server role (in Windows Server…

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Branch Infrastructure Implementation Solution for Windows Server 2008

Alright… not the sexiest acronym, but the new Branch Infrastructure Implementation Solution – BIIS (formerly the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution, or BOIS) has been released, with great information on all of the decisions and design criteria that go into architecting a Branch Office/geographically distributed site solution.  Everything from backup, to malware defense, to DNS, DHCP,…

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Take a look under the Kimono

Have you ever been curious how Microsoft protocols such as SMB, CIFS, BITS, IPSEC, or NTLM work behind the scenes? Perhaps you are a Computer Science student, and you want to see how thing work in a commercially available Operating System, or perhaps you are a developer that works on a product that needs to…

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Analyzing your Windows Perfmon logs

Great writeup by Daniel Petri: Ever have a performance problem, but don’t know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log (any known format) and analyzes it using complex, but known thresholds…

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If you are a student, Microsoft loves ya!

Now is certainly the time to be a student!  As we announced earlier, you can pick up Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95 (91% off of retail), which is well worth it for the bibliography/works cited feature alone.  Even better, today we announced the DreamSpark program which enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools…