I’m excited to announce that I’ll once again be participating in this year’s TechMentor conference in Redmond, WA! The event takes place August 3-7, 2015 and will be held on the Microsoft campus in building 33. This is a great event at an incredible venue! I’ll be delivering a 3 hour Windows Server 2012 R2 DirectAccess deep drive technical training session on Thursday, August 6. The conference covers a wide range of topics from many noted industry experts like Don Jones, Greg Shields, Jeff Hicks, Orin Thomas, and many more. Don’t miss out. Register today and use priority code TMRSK05 to save $500!
The WindowSecurity.com monthly newsletter is out! In this month’s edition I take a look back at security happenings in 2014. It certainly was an interesting year! Microsoft finally ended support for Windows XP, there were serious security vulnerabilities in open source platforms announced, and data breaches galore. Never a dull moment! As always, news and current events are covered too. Check it out!
Can you install Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 in Microsoft Azure? Should you? Are there any uses cases for which installing TMG in Azure is a good fit? I answer these questions and more in my latest article on ISAserver.org. Check it out!
The WindowSecurity.com monthly newsletter is out! In this month’s edition I provide highlights about the recently released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) volume 17. The SIR is always interesting and important for security administrators across all vertical as it provides valuable information regarding the current threat landscape and successful attacks by cybercriminals. Do yourself a favor and read the newsletter, then download and read the report. This is something you don’t want to miss.
I’ve been working with Microsoft Azure a lot lately, utilizing their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) virtual machines to extend my on-premises test lab and for a few other projects I’m working on too. Address assignment in Azure is dynamic, with services typically being accessed by hostname. There are times when having a static IP address is desirable, however. Microsoft Azure does have several options available to address this need. Read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com to learn more.
There are a number of storage options available in Microsoft Azure, including blobs, tables, and queues. There are also various versions of SQL available in both Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Recently Microsoft announced the availability of Azure Files, which is designed for unstructured data that can be access via SMB. This is a wonderful new feature that will greatly enhance the IaaS solution, as having a native Azure storage option for things like scripts, configuration files, and software that can be access via file share in the cloud will streamline things greatly. No more having to configure a dedicated file server VM! For more information about Azure Files, read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com here.
The Firewall Client, an optional client-side component that can be deployed with Forefront TMG 2010, is arguably the most powerful tool a security administrator can use to control network traffic destined for the public Internet in their organization. The Firewall Client provides seamless and transparent proxy services for all Winsock TCP and UDP communication. More importantly, all Firewall Client communication is authenticated, allowing TMG administrators to enforce strong user and group based access control on traffic using the Firewall Client. In this month’s article on ISAserver.org I provide detailed information about how the Firewall Client works. I also break down how communication takes place at the network level, providing deep insight as to how the Firewall Client communicates with the TMG firewall.
I’m very happy to announce that I have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for 2014! This is my sixth consecutive year receiving this award from Microsoft, and I’m proud and honored to be included with the great group of professionals associated with this program. I’m looking forward to joining all of my fellow MVPs again at this year’s summit in November. Hope to see you there!