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Articles by Marcin Policht 

Windows Server 2003: Hardware-Based Security

We examine security in Windows Server 2003 and explore hardware-based cryptography options, with an emphasis on products from Rainbow-Chrysalis and nCipher.

Windows Patch Management, Software Update Services (Part 1)

Unlike the free patch deployment tools previously covered in this series, Microsoft's Software Update Services tool is designed to enable a highly customized deployment infrastructure by facilitating patch selectivity. We discuss SUS' features and benefits, as well as how to install, configure, and administer it.

Windows Patch Management: Updating MS Office

Scanning for Microsoft Office updates is no longer limited to the computer on which the scan is launched. The Office Update Inventory Tool offers the capability to scan multiple computers to determine if upgrades are needed.

Looking Beyond Windows for Patch Management

We continue our examination of free Windows patch management solutions with an eye on Shavlik Technologies' offerings and the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer — products offer a host of interface and deployment options as well as reporting capabilities.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: IP Security

We detail the improvements made to IPSec on Windows Server 2003 as well as offer a general overview of the technology.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: Authorization Manager

Windows Server 2003 offers an innovative way to provide access to a secure environment. In the latest installment of our security series, we look at Authorization Manager's roles-based approach to combining authorization with access control.

Windows Patch Management, the Free Way

In the second part of our Windows patch management series, we begin a discussion of free solutions with a look at general techniques for querying registry and launch processes on local and remote systems. We also look at various scripting options.

Windows Patch Management, Introduction

Advancements in patch management have made it easier to keep Windows environments secure. We kick off our Windows Patch Management series with some recent history about patch-related technologies and an overview of general patch management concepts.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: IP Security

Tutorial: Discover the improvements made to IPSec on Windows Server 2003 and get caught up with a general overview of the technology.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: Authorization Manager

Windows Server 2003 offers an innovative way to provide access to a secure environment. In the latest installment of our security series, we look at Authorization Manager's roles-based approach to combining authorization with access control.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: RRAS and IAS

We expand our overview of IPSec in Windows Server 2003 with an examination of the security-related enhancements made in Routing and Remote Access Service and Internet Authentication Service. Our focus includes Network Access Quarantine, NetBIOS-related enhancements, and EAP-TLS improvements in Windows Server 2003.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: IP Security

We detail the improvements made to IPSec on Windows Server 2003 as well as offer a general overview of the technology.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: Additional Active Directory Authentication Improvements

We continue our overview of authentication enhancements in Windows Server 20003 with a discussion of Active Directory Application Mode, Credential Manager, and InterOrgPerson compatibility.

Exploring Windows 2003 Security: SID Filtering and Software Restriction Policies

The second article in our series about security in Windows Server 2003 continues the discussion of new Active Directory security-related features, with a focus on SID filtering and software restrictions policies.