Azure Information Protection – The procrustean problem.

Rights Management Microsoft rights management solutions be it WRM or AD-RMS have been in my opinion for many years, a solution waiting for a problem; many organisations wanted to protect and control their documents and emails from being read or altered by recipients the content was not intended for, but the product lacked some important functionality, one … Continue reading Azure Information Protection – The procrustean problem.

The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

This summary stems from a brief conversation within a peer circle. A parallax perspective on the issue of passwords. Most IT organisations have an IT Security policy, which defines the required password parameters for an organisation.  Active Directory provides a method to enforce the password parameters, from their complexity and length to the frequency that they must … Continue reading The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

Best Practices for Securing Active Directory

  Microsoft have released a new document which contains best practice recommendations to assist organisations in enhancing the security of their Active Directory installations. Microsoft state that “In implementing these recommendations, organisations will be able to identify and prioritise security activities, protect key segments of their organisation’s computing infrastructure and create controls that significantly decrease … Continue reading Best Practices for Securing Active Directory

Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

  If you are looking to understand what the security policies in Windows 7 and 2008 R2 mean and how they can impact your environment, then this guide is a must read. Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 The document is covers the following categories in some … Continue reading Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate–now available.

Microsoft have today delivered the first release candidate (RC) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Service Pack 1 is slated for release in early 2011 but there is no confirmed date.  The Service Pack can be downloaded here and the associated documentation can be downloaded here. The document “Windows 7 and Windows Server … Continue reading Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate–now available.

Microsoft Office 2010 Group Policy

Microsoft have released a guide for configuring and applying Group Policy in Microsoft Office 2010. The guide states that " it provides a guide is the IT administrator who plans to use Group Policy to configure and enforce settings for Microsoft Office 2010 applications."  In addition to providing an insight into Group Policy for Office … Continue reading Microsoft Office 2010 Group Policy

Network port requirements for Active Directory and Windows Server.

In the companies that I work with, Active Directory and Firewalls are often said in the same sentence, this KB article discusses the essential network ports; protocols and services that are used by Windows client and server operating systems;  server-based programs and their subcomponents in the Windows server system. I have found this document to … Continue reading Network port requirements for Active Directory and Windows Server.