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.
In a recent post, I addressed some of the criticisms aimed at the use of classroom technology, and attempted to provide evidence that computers do, in fact, benefit students... however the type of devices and activities in which the devices are used, are critical to the overall success of 1:1 programmes. For many schools, the... Continue Reading →
In almost all Active Directory (AD) environments, access to resources will be managed via security groups, and group emails handled by distribution groups. While it is also possible to add devices to security groups, and use these to perform some pretty useful functions, it’s mostly all about the users. Managing Active Directory on-premises is an... Continue Reading →
I've had my eye on software by Rogue Amoeba for a while, but thought I'd try to find free alternatives instead. The end result? Don't waste your time, and just buy their stuff instead. While this is a Mac solution, there are similar solutions for Windows, and I'll look to post those soon (as many... Continue Reading →
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 →
In my previous article, I covered the Microsoft Installer (MSI), which is a traditional installation technology; and a technology that requires that the entire installer be downloaded/cached, and which then proceeds to write to the file system and registry in one go. As far as legacy installers go, MSI technology offers many advantages, but none quite... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →