Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Wireshark Network Analysis Book – Available for Pre-Order

March 9, 2010 Comments off

A comprehensive reference dedicated to the ubiquitous Wireshark protocol analyzer, authored by the foremost expert in protocol analysis and Wireshark, Laura Chappell, is now available for pre-order. Due to be released on March 29, 2010, you can view sample pages by visiting Be sure to visit and for additional training and reference material.

Categories: General, Networking

Windows Internals Training with David Solomon

March 6, 2010 Comments off

If you are interested in learning more about Windows operating system internals, I would strongly encourage you to register for one of David Solomon’s upcoming Windows OS Internals seminars. These classes will be available as a 5-day hands-on course or 2-day online webinar. David Solomon is one of the authors of Windows Internals Fifth Edition and is one of the foremost experts on the inner workings of the Windows kernel. This is a training class you don’t want to miss. Microsoft employees and MVPs are eligible for a discount. Register today!

Categories: General

Windows Intelligence Conference – March 29 and April 26, 2010

February 28, 2010 Comments off

Quickstart Intelligence, a premiere IT technical training company based here in California, along with Microsoft and AvePoint is sponsoring the Windows Intelligence conference. This event features a long list of speakers that will present on topics such as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2, cloud computing, virtualization, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010 just to name a few. The Windows Intelligence conference will be held in two locations:

Monday, March 29, 2010
Orange County Hilton – Costa Mesa, CA

Monday, April 26, 2010
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero – San Francisco, CA

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Register now using the promotion code HICKSMVP and receive $50.00 off registration. Sign up now!

Categories: General

RSA Security Conference – March 2 – 4, 2010

February 22, 2010 Comments off

I will be attending the annual RSA Security Conference in San Francisco on March 2-4, 2010. I’ll be splitting time between the Celestix booth (booth #556) and the Microsoft Partner Pavilion. You can register for a free expo pass by using code EC10CEL. Stop by and introduce yourself!

Categories: General

TMG Management Console for 32-Bit Windows

January 23, 2010 12 comments

Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 runs exclusively on 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008R2. This means you will not be able to install the TMG management console included with the installation media on any 32-bit Windows machine. What if you wish to manage your TMG firewalls from a 32-bit Windows operating system? The answer is simple. Download the 32-bit version of the TMG management console. After registering, click the download link and then download the file TMG_ENU_Management_x86.exe. Now you can manage your TMG firewalls from a 32-bit Windows desktop or server operating system!

Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

January 14, 2010 Comments off

The Customer Experience Improvement Program was created by Microsoft to allow the collection of information about how customers use their programs. Participating in the program allows you to effectively contribute to the design and development of Microsoft products. The program is purely elective and you can choose to opt out of the program at any time.

After installing Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010, open the management console and you will see a link inviting you to learn more about the program.

Clicking the link will present a dialog box where you can select the option to participate or not.

I would strongly encourage everyone to opt in to this program. Doing so will provide Microsoft with valuable information that will ultimately lead to a better product with more features. Microsoft will not be contacting you, nor will you receive unwanted e-mail or be asked to participating in any surveys. If you are concerned with information disclosure, please read the CEIP privacy statement.

If you haven’t done so already, please join in! Come on, support the team. Everyone will benefit!

UK TMG and UAG Training – February 3, 2010

January 11, 2010 Comments off

Coming up in February I will be conducting TMG training for an event being hosted by Celestix UK distributor e92Plus. If you are interested in attending you can register for the event here. Hope to see you there!

Categories: General

Contributing Author for

January 8, 2010 2 comments

I have some wonderful news to share with everyone. I am the newest contributing author for TechGenix’ web site! This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am very much looking forward to sharing more information about Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010. My first article will be published in the next few days, and going forward I’ll be producing new content each month. If you have any article suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them with me!

Categories: General

Microsoft and Celestix TMG/UAG Lunch and Learn Sessions

December 16, 2009 Comments off

I am pleased to announce that Microsoft, along with my employer Celestix Networks, will be hosting a series of ‘Lunch-n-Learn’ meetings at Microsoft offices on the west coast in January 2010. If you are interested in hearing more about Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Unified Access Gateway, and the Celestix hardware appliance platform, you are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

January 20, 2010 – Bellevue, Washington
January 21, 2010 – Irvine, CA
January 26, 2010 – Portland, OR

Click here for more information and to register for an event near you. Hope to see you there!

Re-perimeterization Article for e92plus Reseller Magazine

December 15, 2009 Comments off

Recently I was asked to write an article for the new reseller magazine produced by e92plus, a large security products distributor based in the U.K. In this article I discuss a concept known as ‘re-perimeterization’ (sometimes referred to as de-perimeterization). This is an idea that has been talked about for years, and the new Network Inspection System (NIS) functionality included with Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) can make this a reality. Read the article here [PDF].