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Interview on “Taste of Premier” about Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and IE 11

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

Aaron Margosis interviewed on Channel 9's Taste of Premier about Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and IE 11:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Taste-of-Premier/Taste-of-Premier-Security-Guidance-for-Windows-8-1-Windows-Server…(read more)

Interview on “Taste of Premier” about Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and IE 11

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

Aaron Margosis interviewed on Channel 9's Taste of Premier about Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and IE 11:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Taste-of-Premier/Taste-of-Premier-Security-Guidance-for-Windows-8-1-Windows-Server…(read more)

Blocking Remote Use of Local Accounts

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

The use of local accounts for remote access in Active Directory environments is problematic for a number of reasons. By far, the biggest problem is that when an administrative local account has the same user name and password on multiple machines, an…(read more)

Blocking Remote Use of Local Accounts

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

The use of local accounts for remote access in Active Directory environments is problematic for a number of reasons. By far, the biggest problem is that when an administrative local account has the same user name and password on multiple machines, an…(read more)

What’s New in Recommended Security Baseline Settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Internet Explorer 11

August 16th, 2014 No comments

The attachment on this post describes what's new in the security baseline recommendations for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11, relative to the baselines published for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer…(read more)

What’s New in Recommended Security Baseline Settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Internet Explorer 11

August 16th, 2014 No comments

The attachment on this post describes what's new in the security baseline recommendations for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11, relative to the baselines published for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer…(read more)

Configuring Account Lockout

August 14th, 2014 No comments

We can recommend an ideal configuration for most of the settings in our security guidance. For example, the “Debug programs” privilege should be granted to Administrators and to no one else. For account lockout, however, there is no “one…(read more)

Configuring Account Lockout

August 14th, 2014 No comments

We can recommend an ideal configuration for most of the settings in our security guidance. For example, the “Debug programs” privilege should be granted to Administrators and to no one else. For account lockout, however, there is no “one…(read more)

Changes in the Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and IE11 since the beta

August 14th, 2014 No comments

We have made a small number of changes in the baseline security guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 since we released the beta version of our guidance last April. This blog post discusses those changes and the reasons…(read more)

Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 – FINAL

August 14th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of security baseline settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11. Some of the highlights of the new security baselines (many of which we intend to backport to older versions…(read more)

Changes in the Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and IE11 since the beta

August 14th, 2014 No comments

We have made a small number of changes in the baseline security guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 since we released the beta version of our guidance last April. This blog post discusses those changes and the reasons…(read more)

Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 – FINAL

August 14th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of security baseline settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11. Some of the highlights of the new security baselines (many of which we intend to backport to older versions…(read more)

Why We’re Not Recommending “FIPS Mode” Anymore

April 7th, 2014 No comments

In the latest review of the official Microsoft security baselines for all versions of Windows client and Windows Server, we decided to remove our earlier recommendation to enable “FIPS mode”, or more precisely, the security option called “System…(read more)

Why We’re Not Recommending “FIPS Mode” Anymore

April 7th, 2014 No comments

In the latest review of the official Microsoft security baselines for all versions of Windows client and Windows Server, we decided to remove our earlier recommendation to enable “FIPS mode”, or more precisely, the security option called “System…(read more)

Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 (BETA)

April 7th, 2014 No comments

Update, 13 August 2014: The final version of this guidance has been posted here . The changes since the beta are described here , with a separate discussion about the changes in the Account Lockout policy here .

Microsoft is pleased to announce…(read more)

Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 (BETA)

April 7th, 2014 No comments

Update, 13 August 2014: The final version of this guidance has been posted here . The changes since the beta are described here , with a separate discussion about the changes in the Account Lockout policy here .

Microsoft is pleased to announce…(read more)

Security Compliance Manager 3.0 now available for download!

February 5th, 2013 No comments

Secure your environment with SCM 3.0!
The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using…(read more)

Security Compliance Manager 3.0 now available for download!

February 5th, 2013 No comments

Secure your environment with SCM 3.0!
The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using…(read more)

Security Compliance Manager 3.0 now available for download!

February 5th, 2013 No comments

Secure your environment with SCM 3.0!
The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using…(read more)

Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2.5 now available

April 9th, 2012 No comments

You’ve been asking for Exchange Server baselines. You’ve been waiting for the Windows 7 SP1 baseline update. They are all available now in SCM v2.5!
SCM 2.5 includes a number of new and updated baselines, empowering you to manage configuration…(read more)