Security Guide for Windows Server 2016

If you guys are working with Windows Server 2016, you must also be interested in the Security Guide.

Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 Security Guide. Access it here:

 http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/8/5/585DF9E9-D3D6-410A-8B51-81C7FC9A727C/Windows_Server_2016_Security_Guide_EN_US.pdf

If you’re into the following roles; the guide is essential for you;

  • Security professional. Individuals in this role focus on how to provide security across computing platforms within an organization. Security professionals require a reliable reference guide that addresses the security needs of all segments of their organizations and also offers proven methods to implement security countermeasures. They identify security features and settings, and then provide recommendations on how their customers can most effectively use them in high risk environments.
  • IT operations and deployment staff. Individuals in all of these roles troubleshoot security issues as well as application installation, configuration, usability, and manageability issues. They monitor these types of issues to define measurable security improvements with minimal impact on critical business applications. Individuals in IT operations focus on integrating security and controlling change in the deployment process, and deployment personnel focus on administering security updates quickly.
  • Systems architect and planner. Individuals in this role drive the architecture efforts for computer systems in their organizations.
  • Consultant. Individuals in this role are aware of security scenarios that span all the business levels of an organization. IT consultants from both Microsoft Services and partners take advantage of knowledge transfer tools for enterprise customers and partners.

In addition to the resources listed in this guide, here are a number of additional resources to help you secure Windows Server environment:

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Updated Gartner Chart for SQL 2012–BI and Data Warehouse

Updated in Feb 2013

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Updated in Jan 2013

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For those of you looking into using SQL 2013 for Academic Analytics, just a simple liner. Smile If you intend to do Acad Analytics, which is a big part of the work I’m doing at my customer location in Singapore. We are able to use SQL, completed a POC and Pilot. It allowed our customer to lower attrition rate by bringing up important information and allowing us to find patterns.

I can’t reveal too much, as the project isn’t complete, but if you like to know, write to me.

Most importantly, buying SQL 2012, you get both functions in a single product. You do not have to purchase add on modules, or anything, you buy SQL, you get BI and Data Warehouse functionality.

If you’re an academic customer of Microsoft, these are available at really low costs. If you are based in Singapore, contact me.

/Dennis

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 IPD Released

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released an updated guide: Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6.

This IPD guide, updated for App-V 4.6, provides actionable guidance for planning your application virtualization infrastructure. With App-V, your organization can respond to the complex challenge of managing applications. This guide simplifies your App-V planning process; updates now include support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, including such features as BranchCache; support for 64-bit clients; and server-sizing data.

Strategically planning your infrastructure can help you avoid problems before they begin, allowing you to serve your customers more accurately and reliably, as well as saving you time and money.

Download the IPD Guide for App-V 4.6 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=182824.

Infrastructure Planning and Design series guides streamline the planning process by:

  • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.

· Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.

· Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

Tell your peers about IPD guides! Please forward this mail to anyone who wants to learn more about Infrastructure Planning and Design guides.

Do you have an IPD success story? We want to hear it!
We are looking for examples of how you are using IPD guides to successfully plan and design your infrastructure. Drop us an e-mail at IPDfdbk@microsoft.com, and let us know about your experience. We want to hear from you!

Join the Beta Program
Subscribe to the IPD beta program and we will notify you when new beta guides become available for your review and feedback. These are open beta downloads. If you are not already a member of the IPD Beta Program and would like to join, follow these steps:

  1. Go here to join the IPD beta program:
  2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID.
  3. Enter your registration information.
  4. Continue to the IPD program beta page, scroll down to Infrastructure Planning and Design, and click the link to join the IPD beta program.

Already a member of the IPD beta program? Go here to get the latest IPD beta downloads: https://connect.microsoft.com/content/content.aspx?ContentID=6556&SiteID=14

Stay tuned for upcoming beta IPD guides for Forefront Identity Manager (FIM 2010) and Dynamic Data Center.

Related Resources

Check out all that the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! Visit the IPD page on TechNet, http://www.microsoft.com/ipd, for additional information, including our most recent guides.

We appreciate your comments and feedback; please send mail to IPDfdbk@microsoft.com

Forefront Unified Access Gateway – IPD Released

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement

Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway.

This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are key to a successful implementation of Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Forefront UAG). The reader is guided through the logical three-step process of selecting the Forefront UAG features required, determining the number of instances, and designing the infrastructure. If access logging is required, the guide leads the reader through selecting and designing the most appropriate data store.

Download the IPD Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=169356.

Infrastructure Planning and Design series guides streamline the planning process by:

• Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.

• Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.

• Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.

• Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

Tell your peers about IPD guides! Please forward this mail to anyone who wants to learn more about Infrastructure Planning and Design guides.

Join the Beta
Subscribe to the IPD beta program and we will notify you when new beta guides become available for your review and feedback. These are open beta downloads. If you are not already a member of the IPD Beta Program and would like to join, follow these steps:

1. Go here to join the IPD beta program:

https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=1587&InvitationID=IPDM-QX6H-7TTV&SiteID=14

If the link does not work for you, copy and paste it into the Web browser address bar.

2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID.

3. Enter your registration information.

4. Continue to the IPD program beta page, scroll down to Infrastructure Planning and Design,

Already a member of the IPD beta program? Go here to get the latest IPD beta downloads: https://connect.microsoft.com/content/content.aspx?ContentID=6556&SiteID=14

Related Resources
Check out all that the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! Visit the IPD page on TechNet, http://www.microsoft.com/ipd, for additional information, including our most recent guides.

We appreciate your comments and feedback; please send mail to IPDfdbk@microsoft.com.

Open Beta for IPD Guide—Now Available for Download

DirectAccess

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team is working on a new guide: DirectAccess. Get the beta by visiting the Connect Web site at http://connect.microsoft.com.

This IPD guide provides actionable guidance for designing a DirectAccess infrastructure. The guide’s easy-to-follow, four-step process gives a straightforward explanation of the infrastructure required for clients to be connected from the Internet to resources on the corporate network, whether or not the organization has begun deploying IPv6.

The guide covers four key steps in the design process for DirectAccess:

  • Aligning the project scope with the business requirements.
  • Determining whether IPv6, Teredo, 6to4, and IP-HTTPS connectivity will be supported for Internet-based clients.
  • Assessing the need for IPv6 transition technologies including NAT-PT and ISATAP for internal communication.
  • Determining the number and placement of servers, the certificate services requirements, and location of CRL distribution points.

Tell us what you think! Download the beta guide and send us your honest feedback at IPDfdbk@microsoft.com. We appreciate your input and will work to make each guide as helpful and useful as possible.

Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

· Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.

· Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.

· Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.

· Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

Tell your peers about IPD guides! Please forward this mail to anyone who wants to learn more about Infrastructure Planning and Design guides.

Join the Beta

Additional Infrastructure Planning and Design guides are available as beta releases on the Connect Web site. They are open beta downloads. To join the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta, do the following:

1. Visit the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta at http://connect.microsoft.com.

If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you might be required to register before continuing with the invitation process.

2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID to continue to the Invitations page.

3. Scroll down to Infrastructure Planning and Design.

If the link in step 1 does not work for you, copy the link and paste it into the Web browser address bar.

Related Resources

Check out all the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! Visit the IPD page on TechNet, http://www.Microsoft.com/ipd, for additional information, including our most recent guides.

Microsoft IT Showcase DVD

Learn how Microsoft IT Plans for, deploys and manages solutions within its global enterprise using the latest Microsoft products and technologies.

This DVD contains content that shows how Microsoft does IT, from in-depth technical white papers and notes on IT to at-a-glance IT value cards and presentations. You’ll also find IT Professional and IT manager webcasts, videos, technical solution briefs, case studies and more.

http://www.microsoft.com/itshowcase

If you are a Singapore IT Pro, in the role of an IT Manager or someone who does planning for your organization, you may request for a copy by sending me an email (i-dchung@microsoft.com) with the following information;

Name:
Email:
Company Name:
Job Title:

I only have limited numbers left. Please send me an email soon. 😉

/Dennis

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Planning Guide

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.
This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). The reader is guided through the four-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the MED-V server instances required is presented in simple, easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to deliver managed virtual machines to end users. Following the steps in this guide will result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.
Download the guide by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/ipd and selecting “Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization” under the IPD One-click Downloads, listed on the bottom right of the page.
Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

  • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
  • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.

Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

Join the Beta
Additional Infrastructure Planning and Design guides are available as beta releases on the Connect Web site. They are open beta downloads. See below for instructions on how to access the beta guides.
To join the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta at http://connect.microsoft.com.
  2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID to continue to the Invitations page.

Scroll down to Infrastructure Planning and Design.

Related Resources
Check out all the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! Visit the IPD page on TechNet, http://www.Microsoft.com/ipd, for additional information, including our most recent guides

/Dennis