Yes, everyone knows you’re a dog

Amazing how long the legs are on the AOL search debacle. Of course, we in the online community often beat such storeis to death, if only because they deserve it! Recently Kim Cameron posted the search history of user 16006693, which flits “from politics, to retirement, to politics, to religion, to sex, quickly back to religion…

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Ah, the joys of speaking about pre-release software!

Two weeks ago I delivered my Windows Vista System Integrity presentation at the TechEds in New Zealand (Auckland) and Australia (Sydney). It was largely the same as the presention at TechEds in America and India, but updated to reflect changes made in the product between the time I wrote the presentation and now. Pre-release software is…

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This is a test…this is only a test.

Ah, it’s a wonderful Saturday afternoon here in Singapore. I just finished up some customer meetings in Bangkok and Manila this week, and TechEd Asia starts next week in Kuala Lumpur. So I’m hanging out Singapore for the weekend, spending some time with friends and relaxing between events. Thought I’d give the new Windows Live…

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Security in Windows Vista 64-bit

By now, many of you have heard us speak about or have read our writings on the improved security capabilities of Windows Vista. As I’ve said at a number of events now, the research I’ve done into these capabilities has convinced me that enterprises should seriously consider Vista upgrades. This OS is really gonna make…

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Mandatory integrity control in Windows Vista

One of my favorite new security features in Windows Vista is Mandatory Integrity Control (MIC). It’s a classical computer science concept from the 1970s that’s finally getting its first commercial implementation—and of this I’m quite proud. While discretionary access control lists (DACLs) are useful, they have some limitations. They do little to safeguard system stability…

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Speaking at TechMentor and WinConnections again

Looks like this is becoming a regular thing for me. I like both these events very much. Their smaller size allows me to spend more time with individual folks between sessions. TechMentor is 9-13 October in Las Vegas. I’m delivering three presentations: Windows Vista system integrity technologies Windows Vista firewall and IPsec enhancements Attacker trends…


Configure your router to block DOS attempts

Some time ago I had a discussion with a friend. He disagreed with my recommendations on how to configure a border router and the firewall behind it. I claimed that in the border router between you and your ISP, configure the six rules to block most denial of service traffic; in the firewall, configure additional packet filtering and…

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Should your ISA Server be in your domain? Film at 11!

So it would seem that a statement I made during TechEd US last week in Boston has mildly stirred a bit of controversy — no surprise there, I guess, heh. One of my presentations gave an overview of what’s new in ISA Server 2006 (download your copy of the release candidate or try it out in some virtual…

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F*#$!@g spam!

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post, and I have some ideas I’ll get to once the prep work for TechEd this year settles down a bit. But look — why in the world do the freaking spammers have to start targetting blogs now? I keep my comments open and unmoderated because…

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www.steveriley.ms is down

That web site runs on WinISP, an experimental ISP hosted for Microsoft employees to use for testing. WinISP is having problems of late, as many of you have written to me in emails. I’m looking for a new home for my PowerPoints and recordings; once I find it, I’ll post a note here in the…