Xmas Web Casts

Hopefully you get better presents than this, but if not, here are a couple of web casts I just did that you might be interested in: Certificate Services Updates Amesh Mansukhani, Senior Product Manager, speaks with John Morello, Program Manager, Windows Server Division, about Windows Server 2008 and what’s new with Certificate Services. John lists…

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CRL freshness checking scripts

Because CRL validity is so important to the functionality of your PKI, it’s important to have proactive monitoring of the validity of your CRLs. Particularly in situations where you’re using smart cards for logon, having a CRL go stale can be a very disruptive experience to end users. In my session at IT Forum in…

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The Definitive Guide to NAP Logging

Pete Rivera is the Windows Team Lead on one of our DoD support teams and we’ve been working together on a NAP project. In addition to being a master of style and male fashion, Pete also puts together some great guidance for his customers. Recently, he wrote a detailed description of all the various logging…

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How to Get the Total Revoked Items from a CRL

A customer I work with recently wanted to have a scriptable method to take any given CRL and determine the total number of revoked objects it contains. Luckily, certutil combined with your favorite findstr / grep / regex application can do this quite easily:   certutil.exe –dump <CRLFileName>| findstr “Entries”   The output will be…

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Virtualization IT Administration Model

Allen Stewart from the Windows Server Division (WinCat) team. I spend a lot of time with companies that are deploying a virtualized architecture for Datacenters and Branch offices. Some of the technologies leveraged in these scenarios, capacity planning tools, workload migration technologies, P2V, V2V, High Availability, virtualization management, virtual machine backup/snapshots and service oriented management….

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NAP Customer Web Cast

Jeff Sigman (NAP Release Manager) just added a post I wrote to the NAP blog about an upcoming customer webcast. If you weren’t able to make it to TechEd, you probably missed the session that fellow WinCAT PM Pat Fetty did with Hunter Ely, who is charge of Louisiana State University’s IT security technology and…

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WinCAT at TechEd

Most of the WinCAT team will be at TechEd next week delivering sessions and answering questions. Here’s an overview of who’s doing what when and where.     Robert DeLuca (identity management) Working at the various Active Directory and Identity Lifecycle Manager booths.     Pat Fetty (NAP and networking) Working at the NAP booth…

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the last 32-bit Server OS – Windows Server 2008!

it’s official, Windows Server 2008 (a.k.a Longhorn) was announced at WinHEC in Los Angeles. They keynote has a few cool demos and can be watched here (Windows 2008 details starts around 26 mins). Eweek has done a good summary of the launch; I love their title – Microsoft: Hardware Trends Create ‘Perfect Storm’. Have few…


WinCAT the video star

Timing is everything. About a week after the TechNet podcast went live, the Channel9 video did too. Check it out at https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=307679. If you’d like to learn more about the PKI concepts I talk about in the video, you can check out Oded Ye Shekel’s presentation at TechEd in Orlando next month (SVR305 – PKI…

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WinCAT the recording artist

I’ve written a number of articles for TechNet magazine over the past year (http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=morello+site%3Amicrosoft.com%2Ftechnet&mkt=en-us&FORM=LVCP) and they recently interviewed me for their monthly podcast series. The article from the April issue was focused on the Security Configuration Wizard and the first part of the podcast covers that. We also talk about smart cards, HSPD-12, and how…

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