April 2010

ff624623(v=msdn.10).md Editor’s Note: Shades of Security

By Lafe Low

As the threat landscape evolves, so too do the security features and functions designed to defeat the latest virus or hacking technique. We start this month giving you an overview and insider's view of the security features and functions of Windows 7 and how best to deploy SharePoint in as secure a fashion as possible.


Windows 7 Security: Tips and Tricks to Help Protect Your OS

By Orin Thomas
Go beyond the basic security strategies for securing your computers with these tips and tricks to help you better utilize the security features of Windows 7. Learn how to recover BitLocker, to use BitLocker To Go and to configure AppLocker policies.

SharePoint Security: The Fundamentals of Securing SharePoint Deployments

By Brien Posey
Configure Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for optimal security by securing the individual SharePoint server components.  Brien Posey walks through securing the SQL Server database, properly securing the service accounts and the importance of naming conventions.

Data Protection: Backup Basics in Windows Server 2008 R2

By Jeffery Hicks
Try your hand at using the new set of backup tools with Windows Server 2008 R2. We start with installing the new backup features and walk through creating a backup job. Then see how to restore data using the Recovery Wizard, and use the WBADMIN.EXE and Windows PowerShell command line tools for creating backup jobs.

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Exchange Queue & A: CAS Arrays - Server Roles, Client Creation, Load Balancing and More

By Henrik Walther 
Henrik Walther answers a series of questions about Client Access Server (CAS) arrays to help upgrade to Exchange 2010 and design the solution.

Windows PowerShell: Sharing Your Scripts - Made Easy

By Don Jones
Windows PowerShell v2 introduces self-contained “modules,” making it easier to share scripts with reusable functions, custom format views or type extensions.

Windows Confidential:A Trip Down Memory Lane with EmulateHeap

By Raymond Chen
EmulateHeap, in the Application Compatibility Toolkit, redirects all OS-level heap functions to replacement functions that emulate the Windows 95 heap.

Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals

By Greg Steen
Three free tools: VirtualBox project lets you run a 64-bit virtual machine in 32-bit Windows Virtual PC; CPU-Z provides in-depth hardware information; and Prime95 for stress testing under high CPU and memory usage.

Utility Spotlight: The Compatibility Question

By Lance Whitney
How can you be sure all the macros, code and other functionality hidden within more complex documents will survive the leap to Office 2010? The Code Compatibility Inspector can examine existing VBA macros and code from prior versions of Office to determine if they’ll work correctly in Office 2010.

Geek of All Trades: Why, When and How to Use Windows 7 XP Mode

By Greg Shields
Those line-of-business legacy applications consume more of the IT department’s effort than they probably should. And that’s exactly what Windows 7 XP Mode is for. See when you should use it.

The Cable Guy:Network Diagnostics & Tracing in Windows 7

By Joseph Davies
With Windows 7, Microsoft has integrated the Network Diagnostics Framework (NDF) into the OS and provided new features such as troubleshooting in the Control Panel and network tracing with Event Tracing for Windows. Here’s how to use those tools.