! MVP 5.0 –> Forefront Security

Hi all,

Happy new year for everbody !

Sorry about posts in last year, very very busy ! I posted only some in portuguese…

A good news. Once more, I re-award my MVP award. Now for 5 years.

Like 2009, last year we had a hard work together w/ the product teams, presenter session at Tech-Ed Brazil, officials WebCasts for TechNet Brazil etc.

See you,

Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security | MCITP: Server | MCT
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

! TechEd USA 2011 – Annunciated

Hi all,

The date and location was annunciated by Microsoft.

16 to 19 May at Atlanta.

Watch Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, inviting you: http://www.eventstreams.com/acvb/teched2011/

Register now (until 30/June) and save $500: http://northamerica.msteched.com/registration

See you,

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security | MCITP | MCT
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

! More than 10% of all PCs worldwide now on Windows 7

Hi,

From Windows Team Blog last week:

“Today we reported our third quarter earnings for the period ending March 31st, 2010 with a record $14.5 billion in revenue. You can read our earnings results here. Windows 7 continues to be a growth driver for Microsoft and people continue to be excited about Windows 7. How excited?  Exactly 6 months after the launch on October 22, 2009, we’ve sold well over 100 million licenses of Windows 7. To put that in context, more than 10% of all PCs worldwide are already running Windows 7 today. That’s amazing!”

More information and source here.

Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

Registration is now open for first Windows Summit this May in Redmond

Hi,

Microsoft Corp. would like to invite you and others in your community to explore in-depth how Window 7 and Internet Explorer can help you provide great solutions for your customers at our first Windows Summit!

Windows Summit 2010 runs May 25-27 at the Microsoft Conference Center on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA and is designed for people who engineer and test Windows 7 PCs, devices, and software.  We will offer three technical tracks to help you create the best systems, devices, and software using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer:

· System Track – includes sessions on optimizing performance and energy efficiency, tips and tricks to implement touch-enabled PCs, user experience design guidance, Windows Logo Program, and image creation and deployment.

· Device Track – offers sessions on Windows 7 Device Experience, the Windows Device Logo Program process, and how to use the Windows 7 platform to create a custom device experience.

· Software Track – provides sessions on touch, the Windows desktop, libraries, the Windows Sensors and Location platform, Windows Error Reporting, and building rich web applications using Internet Explorer.

Besides networking with Microsoft technical experts and leaders at breakout sessions and chalk talks, we will have an Ask the Experts and social evening, all starting with an opening keynote by  Michael Angiulo, General Manager of Windows Planning and PC Ecosystem Teams.

Register and get more information on Windows Summit 2010 at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-summit/default.aspx.

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

! Video – Productivity Future Vision by Microsoft

Hi,

I recommend you to use 6 minutes to watch this video.

I saw for the first time in December/2009 and since that I saw I would like to share w/ everybody.

To be honest, I believe that all in this video it’s possible.

 

Source: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/our-productivity-future-vision/54cef1b69e4c8be8461554cef1b69e4c8be84615-1621048754955

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Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

! MVP 4.0 – Forefront Security

Hi,

I’m pleasure to announce that I re-award the MVP this year.

Last year we had a hard work together w/ the product teams, presenter session at Tech-Ed Brazil, officials WebCasts for TechNet Brazil etc.

“MVPs are recognized and awarded for their exceptional commitment to helping us improve our products and helping people around the world make the most of their Microsoft technology.” Karen Young – Marketing, Events and Program Manager, Community & Online Support, Microsoft

A little resume about us: “Independent Experts, Real World Answers”

More information about the MVP program here.

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

! Forefront TMG 2010 – RTM

Hi,

This week, 16/November, Forefront TMG 2010 goes RTM.

New features like URL Filtering, Anti-malware, Network Inspection System (NIS) are available for your utilization.

URL Filtering: URL Filtering allows controlling end-user access to Web sites, protecting the organization by denying access to known malicious sites and to sites displaying inappropriate or nonproductive materials, based on URL categories. TMG features over 80 URL categories including security-oriented categories, productivity-oriented and liability-oriented categories. Forefront TMG uses Microsoft Reputation Services (MRS), a cloud-based categorization system hosted in Microsoft data center. To ensure the best bandwidth utilization and low latency, Forefront TMG has implemented a local URL cache. There is a lot more on URL Filtering available in an earlier URL Filtering post.

Anti Malware: Stopping malware on the edge significantly decreases the possibility that a virus will hit a computer with anti-virus signatures that are not up-to-date or a test computer without an anti-virus to protect it. TMG has integrated the Microsoft Anti Malware engine to provide world class scanning and blocking capability on the edge.

Network Inspection System (NIS): NIS is a generic application protocol decode-based traffic inspection system that uses signatures of known vulnerabilities, to detect and potentially block attacks on network resources. NIS provides comprehensive protection for Microsoft network vulnerabilities, researched and developed by the Microsoft Malware Protection Center – NIS Response Team, as well as an operational signature distribution channel which enables dynamic signature snapshot distribution. NIS closes the vulnerability window between vulnerability disclosures and patch deployment from weeks to few hours.

In addition, we have introduced HTTPS scanning to enable inspection of encrypted sessions, eased the deployment and management with a set of easy to use wizards and significantly improved logging and reporting to provide full visibility into how your organization is accessing the web and whether it’s compliant with your organization’s policy.”

You can download at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e05aecbc-d0eb-4e0f-a5db-8f236995bccd 

More information at: http://blogs.technet.com/isablog/archive/2009/11/17/forefront-threat-management-gateway-2010-release.aspx

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Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme

! Four mistakes that can kill virtual machine performance

Hi,

From SeachVirtualization site, see below:

1: Virtual machine screensavers
Screensavers are an absolute requirement for desktops in the hallways of our brick-and-mortar offices. They ensure that a user who walks away from his computer returns to one that has been secured against prying eyes. Screensavers can also provide protection in data centers. If screensavers on servers activate and lock the console after a few minutes of inactivity, they can protect that environment from an intruder who gains physical access.

But screensavers are a quiet consumer of processor resources. No matter how insignificant that screensaver seems, the processor power required to draw the pipes crawling across the screen or to scroll your favorite company slogan consume a percentage points of overall processor power. While that might not seem like much, consolidated virtual environments might have 10 or 15 virtual machines (VMs) running on a single virtual host. These percentage points add up when they are multiplied by the number of VMs. Even worse, if your environment uses hosted desktops through a virtual desktop implementation, this practice likely costs even more.

So turn them off. Remember that many environments enforce screensavers through group policies, which may mean an exclusion from existing group and corporate security policies.

2: Managing from the console
As with screensavers, this practice is a big no-no in virtualized environments because of the level of resources required to create and maintain an instance of the Explorer shell. Just logging into a virtual machine is hard on that VM’s processor utilization. The process of creating a shell for the console can spike processor utilization during the login and logout process. Actually using any of the consoles on that server further consumes valuable resources. Logging in and accomplishing activity on your VMs’ desktops increases the amount of memory they consume.

Microsoft provides the Remote Systems Administration Toolkit, PowerShell and VBScript, as well as many other tools for efficient virtual machine management. All these lightweight tools require much less VM capacity than a traditional login. So use them, and avoid wasting processing power and memory like an amateur.

3: Antivirus and anti-malware scanning of VM disk files
Your corporate security policy might not allow for the exclusion of Virtual Hard Disk or Virtual Machine Disk Format (VMDK) files from antivirus and anti-malware scans. But be aware that the real-time scans of such products can substantially reduce the overall performance of these files — and, thus, their virtual machines. Since a VM’s processing is highly dependent on its disk subsystem, any extra activities that slow down that process slow it down as well.

That’s not to say that VM disk files shouldn’t be subject to security scanning. Scheduled scans of such files can ensure that they don’t get infected, without the processing overhead of real-time scans. Also, some of today’s more advanced scanning products are beginning to incorporate virtualization awareness to reduce their overall impact. If your security policy will allow it — or if you can bribe your security officer to look the other way — definitely consider excluding these files from your real-time scans.

4: Windows Server’s power options
At conferences around the country, I’ve encountered the final mistake repeatedly. The default power option of Windows Server 2008 upon installation is set to "Balanced." Of the three options available — Balanced, Power Saver and High-Performance — this is the second of the three in terms of overall system performance. You might save a few dollars on energy, but at the cost of wasting some of the server’s processing power. Resetting the radio button to the high-performance option has a noticeable effect on how well VMs will perform.

More information and source here.

Eduardo Petizme.com
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )
Twitter: http://twitter.com/petizme