Internet Protocol security (IPsec) articles updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

The IPsec articles Introduction to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Windows Firewall and IPsec Policies were updated for corrections and to more accurately reflect changes made to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. These two articles are an excellent way to learn how Microsoft implements IPsec and to see it actually work.


The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is now available

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is now publically available. This IPD guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are key to a successful implementation of Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Forefront UAG). For fans of DirectAccess, Forefront UAG extends the benefits of DirectAccess across your infrastructure, enhancing scalability and…


New “Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess IT Infrastructure Compatibility” white paper published

The new “Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess IT Infrastructure Compatibility” white paper, written by my colleagues William Dixon of V6 Security Inc. and Yurie Rich of Native6 Inc., describes the compatibility of DirectAccess with existing IT infrastructure, authentication systems, and applications and provides an overview of the changes that are required to…


The BranchCache Design Guide is Now Live in the Microsoft Download Center!

Hey everybody, just wanted to let you know that the BranchCache Design Guide is now live at the Microsoft Download Center in Word format at The guide helps you choose whether to deploy BranchCache in distributed cache mode, hosted cache mode, or both modes, depending on your goals and your network infrastructure.   This…


Windows Server 2008 R2 migration guides for networking roles and features now available

The Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2 is a TechNet page with links to guides that describe how to migrate Windows roles and features. Check out the following guides for networking roles and features:   ·         Active Directory Domain Services and Domain Name System (DNS) Server Migration Guide ·         Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol…


Networking topics updated in November 2009 based on your feedback

In this blog post, I described how you can provide us with ratings and comments for our topics on TechNet and MSDN through the Click to Rate and Give Feedback facility. In November 2009, the following Windows networking topics have been updated based on your comments: ·          Help: Edit or delete a port exception: Windows…


New DirectAccess Learning Roadmap and updated DirectAccess Troubleshooting Guide published

The DirectAccess Learning Roadmap provides links to resources that allow you to build your understanding of DirectAccess, from prerequisites to introductory, intermediate, and advanced information. The DirectAccess Troubleshooting Guide has been updated with new content that describe troubleshooting steps for specific DirectAccess problems.   Joe DaviesPrincipal Technical WriterThe Windows Server Networking Documentation Team


New Windows Server User Assistance Twitter feed

The Windows Server User Assistance (UA) group has a new Twitter feed at Follow it for announcements of new or updated documentation from all of the writing teams in the Windows Server UA group, including the networking team.   When we post to this blog for new or updated content, we will also publish a…


From Hollywood to how to set up a RADIUS infrastructure: An interview with Senior Technical Writer Jim McIllece

I recently talked with my teammate and long-time colleague Jim McIllece about his background as an IT consultant and his passion as a technical writer for Internet Authentication Service (IAS), Network Policy Server (NPS), and other networking technologies in Windows. Click here, and then click on the musical note graphic to open, download, and then play the audio file. Enjoy!…

New DNS content is now available

Three new documents are now available that discuss DNS server and client features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7: 1.    What’s New in DNS provides an overview of the following four new features. a.   DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) is a new feature that allows you to sign and host DNSSEC-protected zones. b.   DNS…