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  • Blog Post: Securing Server Racks with RFID at the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center

    In 2009 the EEC was completing the it major remodel and part of our new design was to secure each rack from unauthorized access. I set out to create a solution on a limited budget. Reason to secure racks : The EEC works with Microsoft top customers to test and validate Microsoft products for the Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: DSL testing on campus Part 1 of 2 (the old way)

    This is part 1 of a 2 part post. Post one: The OLD way of doing DSL on campus. So for the past few years I have been part of a team that provides DSL access to various test teams on campus. For a company like MSFT testing the "home scenario" is very important. So to do that test teams pulled...
  • Blog Post: Restricting which Certificate is allowed to authenticate a VPN connection

    So I had a requirement on a VPN server I was setting up not long ago. This requirement was that only a "smartcard logon" cert would be permitted for EAP access into my VPN server. The normal setup information ( http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en...
  • Blog Post: Regular Expressions and IP addresses (ipv4 and IPv6)

    Over the last year or so I have been writing automation that uses IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. In the beginning I had to dig up and make some regular expressions for verifying that a given value was a valid IPv4 or IPv6 address. The ones I came up with are (in VB.net) Const strIPv4Pattern as string = "\A...
  • Blog Post: Securing a TS connection with Smart Cards

    Well today is going to be a busy day here at the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center. At about 11:30 I am going to have lunch some of the RedvsBlue people ( http://www.redvsblue.com ). Then I have the job of setting up and testing a remote access solution for a customer. Note that the steps below...
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