New site at the top of my favorites list

You know, stupid security abounds. I just discovered this site today, and I plan to become a regular visitor — and probably a contributor, too! I encourage you to explore it and enjoy. Oh, some advice: it probably would be unwise to read an offline archived version of this site on an airplane. 🙂 Stupid…

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How to secure your wireless network

I’m now a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine. Everyone with a TechNet subscription automatically receives it; if you don’t have one, you can still get the magazine free. The magazine’s published three issues so far: Winter 2005, Spring 2005, and November-December 2005. You’ll especially enjoy the “Hacking” series in the first issue, where Jesper writes up his “Anatomy of a…

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But I can’t test! My boss won’t let me

Yesterday I mentioned that there’s no substitute for doing your own testing of updates. I mentioned virtualization is your friend — building a model of your environment using Virtual PC and Virtual Server will save you a lot of money and it’s something you can quickly tear down and rebuild whenever you want. But what if…

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When security breaks things

Now that the furor has waned, I want to comment on MS05-051. For those of you who don’t memorize bulletin numbers (I am part of that set; Susan Bradley, for example, isn’t, hehe), this is the security update that fixed a number of vulnerabilities found in MSDTC and COM+; it replaced five other updates dating back…

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My music

Those of you who’ve seen me speak at various events know that I like to play my own music before the presentations begin. In industry parlance, this is called “walk-in music.” My experience, though, is that many times the music they provide is better described as “walk-in, lie down, and go night-night music”! Think about…

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