Command-line references for security tools

We have been working on creating an updated command-line reference for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The whole organization has been involved in this effort. We have the following security tools documented in this reference at this time: auditpol bdehdcfg certreq certutil cipher cmdkey ktpass manage-bde repair-bde sc scwcmd takeown We have a…

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Active Directory Certificate Services Migration Guide Published in March

Are you running your PKI infrastructure on Windows Server 2003 and interested in what it would take to move to Windows Server 2008 R2? This guide helps you learn the processes and requirements for migrating a certification authority (CA) to a server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 from a server that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, or Windows Server 2008. After reading this guide…

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BitLocker Drive Encryption Documentation Updates in March

We had some customers encounter an issue with installing language packs on BitLocker protected computers. It turned out that the installation of a language pack for all users on a computer changed the boot configuration data (BCD) settings on the computer and that change was detected as a possible tampering with the computer by the trsuted…

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Service Accounts Step-by-Step Guide Updated in January

Managed service accounts and virtual accounts are two new types of accounts that were introduced in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 to enhance the service isolation and manageability of network applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Internet Information Services (IIS). We originally published this step-by-step guide as part of the beta testing of Windows Server® 2008 R2…

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Windows Smart Card Technical Reference Published in February

Are you curious about smart card support in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2? The Windows Smart Card Technical Reference describes the enhancements made to smart card support in the Windows operating system since Windows Vista, the smart card infrastructure in the operating system, the services in Windows that are used with smart cards, how logging on to…

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Advanced Security Auditing FAQ Published in January

This document is a compilation of the most frequently asked security auditing questions and their answers based on newsgroup postings, knowledge base articles, and search terms. We plan to update this FAQ frequently as we collect additional batches of questions and answers, If you have a question about security auditing, take a look – if your question…

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Creating Certificate Requests By Using Certificate Enrollment Control Operation Guide Updates

We updated this guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and made some additional updates to provide more details and cross-references in January. This guide describes how to use the Windows Certificate Enrollment Control to create various types of certificate requests and provides code samples to help you create the different types of certificate requests. Take…

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Threat Modeling Resources for the IT Professional

As we develop content for a software release we writers go through a threat modeling exercise to identify what the threats are against a technology and how those threats can be mitigated either through the design of the feature, a certain setting modification, or through education and infrastructure design. However, our process is only a small…

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Why are we here?

Our team creates content for IT professionals about Windows Server and Windows Client security technologies, such as BitLocker, AppLocker, User Account Control, Encrypting File System, Security Auditing, Authentication and Authorization, and Security Guidance. We are a diverse team of writers, about all we have in common is our passion for computer security! We see this blog as…

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