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  • Blog Post: Exploring Dynamic Access Control Part 4 – Central Access Rules

    In this series I have looked how we secure and classify resources (such as Files and Folders) with Dynamic Access Control with the claims of users and devices accessing them.  In the previous post I looked at Resource Properties and User/Device Claims. In this post I will be bringing these concepts together...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Dynamic Access Control Part 3 – Properties and Claims

    In the previous post I looked at Classifying resources. In this post I will be looking at setting up custom Properties to use on those resources and claims for users and devices. Resource Properties Now we will go a little deeper into the Resource Properties (i.e. the items we can classify resources...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Dynamic Access Control Part 2 - Classification

    Dynamic Access Control is a way for you to secure your resources (such as files and folders) without having to manage groups or user lists. In the previous post I looked at the basics of Dynamic Access Control. In this post I will be looking at Classification of resources. Classification You may...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Dynamic Access Control Part 1 – Getting Started

    This is the first post in a series of 4 covering Dynamic Access Control. In this post I am going to be looking at the Dynamic Access Control features of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Dynamic Access Control is a way for you to secure your resources (such as files and folders) without having...
  • Blog Post: Refactor boilerplate code with Actions and Funcs

    I have seen quite a few projects where the code starts with the best of intentions in terms of readability, but soon setup and boilerplate code creep in and it becomes hard to focus on where the setup and clean up ends and the functionality begins.  The other downside being repetition of this boilerplate...
  • Blog Post: The Cool Wall is Back

    For those of you who are fans of the BBC show Top Gear, you may remember the Cool Wall, and now you can get your very own Cool Wall along with the launch of IE9 beta and BBC’s Top Gear site. I have been very fortunate to be a member in the team within UK MCS to develop and deliver this site. For this...
  • Blog Post: Security Best Practices in Azure

    Recently the Azure and security community published the “ Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Application ” paper outlining the security considerations developers should consider when building a service on Windows Azure. As I have worked on Azure before and have an interest in security...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to SQL Server StreamInsight

    StreamInsight is a platform being released alongside SQL Server 2008 R2 to enable the development of Complex Event Processing (CEP) applications. So what does that mean? If you have something which is giving output as an unbounded data stream (the example shown at PDC09 was a power monitor to a laptop...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic XML Reader with C# and .Net 4.0

    Along with the new features of .Net 4.0 (including the long awaited Tuple classes, BigInteger, extra Code Access Security stuff, and a brilliant new feature Code Contracts) is the dynamic keyword. This keyword is designed to allow better COM interoperability. Although it probably won’t make an appearance...
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