Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 – Free eBook

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 – Free eBook   Fantastic new book hot off of Microsoft Press covering Windows Server 2008 R2.   Excerpt from the book:   “This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations.”   Chapter breakdown…


VMworld in My View

I have been to a lot of sessions and attended two keynote sessions this is my third VMworld and this year was really more about the Cloud message. Really while the term Private Cloud is new the concepts are the same thing customers wanted 5-7 years ago when embarking on the server consolidation journey. When…


Scale testing the world’s largest PKI… all running on WS08R2 and Hyper-V

This week, we’ve been in the Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) doing our scale testing on a project to help build the world’s largest PKI.  When fully implemented over the next couple of years, this PKI will be the world’s largest, issuing 100s of millions of certificates from 100s of CAs to devices around the world. …


Forwarding Security Events from Windows XP, Server 2003, and Vista/Server 2008

Security events are different than other Windows events because they require a special level of authentication/credentials in order to read or forward these events. Different configurations are required depending on which Windows platform is the client. The event collector functionality is only implemented in Windows Vista or Server 2003 R2 (or later).   The following…


Testing DirectAccess on Hyper-V? Use Legacy NICs

We recently released the DirectAccess Step by Step Guide and many customers are using it to start understanding and testing DirectAccess in their labs, which is great. However, if you’re planning to virtualize your lab environment on Hyper-V, you should ensure you’re using Legacy Network Adapters for the child partition where you’re running the DAS….


Using the FREE network security tools you get in Windows (and who doesn’t love free tools?)

In my last post I talked extensively about the use of 802.1x for network authentication (wired or wireless) and talked about the benefits of the 2 common approaches to controlling machine access (VLAN vs. Port ACL).  While 802.1x remains a very popular mechanism for controlling port based access for machines coming onto the network, it…


L2TP, SSTP, RDP, DirectAccess, ISA, UAG, et al: Understanding Microsoft’s Remote Access Story

One of the technologies that I’ve been working on is DirectAccess, a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that provides seamless connectivity to your enterprise network from wherever you are. I’ve been dogfooding DirectAccess for months now and I think it’s going to be a real customer delighter. It’s hard for…