How can Public Key Infrastructure technologies improve your information security posture?

There’s a really good (free) TechNet webcast coming up on the 17th September which will be a great resource for those of you who’d like to learn how to take advantage of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in your organisation. The full details of the event are as follows “To register simply click on this hyperlink…

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How to re-partition a hard disk under Vista or Server 2008 without having to re-install

Following my earlier post How to run Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 on a machie that’s already running Vista/XP I thought it worthwhile to explain a nice feature of Vista and Server 2008 which enables you to dynamically resize disk partitions without loosing data. All you need to do is to select “Disk Management” from…

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VistaSquad: The Fellowship of the Ring! Join them on the 16th July in London

I really like the way that the VistaSquad User Group comprises both IT Pros and Developers – it makes for a really interesting mix of people and conversations. Following last month’s excellent VistaSquad user group meeting they’ve already scheduled the next one with the following details: Hey Everyone The next Vista Squad meeting has been…

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Join us for technical dive into Microsoft Virtualisation Management technologies

For one day only we’ll be hosting an event at our Microsoft Campus near Reading titled Microsoft Virtualisation and Management technologies – if you would like to join us and are able to be in Reading for the day then all you have to do is visit the registration site and sign up – it’s…

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Bitlocker: what happens if someone leaves the company or locks themselves out?

Many of the questions I’ve been asked recently regarding Bitlocker are covered on the excellent Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Freuqently Asked Questions. For me the most important thing to consider is how on Earth to deal with the “the dog ate the USB key used to unlock Bitlocker” or “I can’t remember for the life…

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My talk on Windows 2008 Security Technologies from the UK Launch is available for replay *updated with link to slides*

Chris Dalby kindly streamed my session from the Microsoft UK’s Heroes Happen Here Launch event. If you’d like to watch the recording then simply browse to YellowPark TV and you’ll see it listed on the right hand side. There are some other excellent recordings up there and Chris informed me that there will be plenty…

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Would it be interesting to use NAP to secure branch servers?

My focus today is to write most of the content for my sessions on our upcoming TechNet Server Launch tour which is visiting cinemas in five cities across the UK in April and May. I’m co-presenting a session with Viral titled “How to overcome the challenges of small offices and branch offices” and can’t help…

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Tweaking the file level security of the operating system is a bad idea!

Over the last week I’ve two people who are suffering pain due to corporate laptop builds that have been “secured” – meaning that an untold number of access controls have been changed and parts of the operating system have been removed to “enhance the security” of the system. A complete nightmare. The poor old users…

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I’m a developer, how can I integrate my application with NAP?

There’s a great article on MSDN titled simply Network Access Protection which explains how you can integrate your application with Microsoft’s Network Access Protection(NAP). Why would you want to do this? Well NAP is a core networking feature of Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows XP Service Pack 3. IF you integrate your application then…

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