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ADFS Content on TechNet Wiki

Over on the Ask the Directory Services Team blog on TechNet they have a good post on a few wiki entries for dealing with ADFS and troubleshooting.

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Certificates and ADFS 2.0

One of the problems with pushing all this data back and forth between Token Services and clients and Relying Parties is that some of this information really needs to encrypted.  If someone can eavesdrop on your communications and catch your token authorization they could easily impersonate you.  We don’t want that.  As such, we use…

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WinFS

WinFS has been puttering around my idle thoughts lately.  Yep, weird. Why is it still available on MSDN and TechNet subscriptions? Food for thought.

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Putting the I Back into Infrastructure

Tonight at the IT Pro Toronto we did a pre-launch of the Infrastructure 2010 project.  Have you ever been in a position where you just don’t have a clear grasp of a concept or design?  It’s not fun.  As a result, CIPS Toronto, IT Pro Toronto, and TorontoSQL banded together to create a massive event…

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How UAC Actually Works

This post has had a few false starts.  It’s a tough topic to cover, as it’s a very controversial subject for most people still.  Hopefully we can enlighten some people along the way. From a high level perspective, the UAC was developed to protect the user without necessarily removing administrative privileges.  Any change to the…

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Techdays 2009 – VIP Pricing

As budgets get tighter, Tech·Days is the perfect way to get the Tech·Ed experience without the travel expense, with two days of skill-strengthening education to help you position yourself for success by: Learning the technology—with a customizable agenda from over forty sessions across five technical tracks on both current technologies and new products, like Windows®…

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Protecting Data in Transit between applications and SQL Server

Alright, so you’ve just implemented Transparent Data Encryption on your database.  Your database is extremely secure.  The data, not so much.  You see, the problem is this: the data travels unencrypted between SQL Server and your application.  Whoops.   To enable SSL Encryption on the server side, there are a couple of fairly simple steps…

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TorontoSql.com, TorontoSql.net, TorontoSql.org just registered

Boredom is a bad thing!  Especially when you are putting off work.  So what do I do to waste my time?  Check out local user groups.  The websites at least.  A few days ago I posted a few links to some promising groups.  To my disappointment there really aren’t that many Microsoft oriented user groups…

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Toronto and Area User Groups of Interest

Since moving to Toronto I have been looking for user groups that I think I could benefit from.  So far I have found a couple of interest:   TSQL.CA – Toronto SQL Server User Group – http://www.tsql.ca/Default.aspx?base Toronto .NET User Group – http://www.torontoug.net/ ISSA Toronto (Information System Security Association) – http://www.issa-toronto.org/    I’m still looking,…

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On-Disk Data Structures in SQL Server

Just some links to read.  Carefully.  There’s a lot of information.  These posts were made by Paul S. Randal on www.sqlskills.com.  I’ll do a more thorough job of weeding out information when I’m not strapped for time. Inside the Storage Engine: Anatomy of a record Inside the Storage Engine: Anatomy of a page Inside the…