Microsoft Cares About Security

In 2002, Bill Gates announced a new direction for Microsoft: A change in culture, process, and a fundemental shift in product design, and this was known as the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative. In this first part of a series I'm going to start on Microsoft's approach to security, I thought I'd take a look back at the great steps Microsoft made to enhance trust and security across it's Office, Windows, and other products.

Is Password Hash Synchronisation safe?

I’ve seen a lot of confusion around this feature, and some people pointing at it as a weak point in identity security because they believe the synchronised content can be intercepted, replayed, or otherwise compromised. I’m here to say, this is not the case at all. I'm going to make this blog post really short:... Continue Reading →

Macs Paving the Way to Modern Windows (Part 1)

Preface: We’re currently planning the next phase of modernisation for our fleet of Windows devices. In our case, the environment already ticks a number of "best practice" boxes, and is already up-to-date according to Microsoft's definition of "Modern Desktop"... but there is always more to learn, and new features which can help you and your... Continue Reading →

What is Click-to-Run (C2R)?

In my previous two posts, I described the Microsoft Installer (MSI), as well as Application Virtualization (App-V), and now it's time to talk about Click-to-Run (C2R). Click-to-Run is actually an installer stub, streamer, and command line technology, based on Microsoft's App-V technology, and is currently used for the delivery of Microsoft Office ProPlus products. Traditionally,... Continue Reading →

What is the Microsoft Installer (MSI)?

Long story short, a Microsoft Installer - sometimes referred to as Windows Installer, or just MSI - is a relational database, that contains internal tables that define an installation: And is therefore a software installer, just like the typical 'setup.exe', only far more powerful. As of writing this post, the MSI format is now eighteen (18)... Continue Reading →

Azure AD & Macs: Not for Binding

You've heard of Azure Active Directory (AAD), right? If not, here's the TLDR: It's Microsoft's cloud based directory for users, groups, and devices; It's the back end, that holds all the users, user attributes, and licenses for Office 365 (using AAD Free), and can be scaled up via Azure AD Premium licenses to provide enough... Continue Reading →

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