Be prepared! (Windows Server 2003 SP2 coming)

It's been a long time since we've seen fixes-only service packs to Microsoft Windows. After looking at Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 1 (SP2 RC1) it looks to me that this upcoming service pack will be more like Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. Not necessarily a bad … Continue reading "Be prepared! (Windows Server 2003 SP2 coming)"

MIIS and workflow integration

Alex Tcherniakovsky posted on his blog very interesting video how to incorporate workflow based on Windows Workflow Foundation into user self provisioning scenario. Alex shows how to integrate WWF integrated with SharePoint 2007, Infopath and MIIS into solution which allows end-user to request access to particular system (Sun One in this case) which will be … Continue reading "MIIS and workflow integration"

FireFox and CardSpace (InfoCards)

Kim Camreon posted lately link to Kevin Miller's blog who wrote FireFox plugin for CardSpace. CardSpace (InfoCards) is Windows implementation for user centric identity idea. To use CardSpace as authentication factor in the Internet Your browser has to support it with selector component. Till this moment selector was only available for Internet Explorer, now we can … Continue reading "FireFox and CardSpace (InfoCards)"

Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")

Many IT people I know require their users to come up with complex passwords and require them to change them often. I guess this gives them a sense of security. It's actually not as secure as they think. Even after implementing a good (Microsoft ISA Server) firewall, implementing IPSec on your network, running NAP or NAC there are … Continue reading "Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")"

How to check if I can update attribute?

Yesterday I was at customer site to talk about identity management and as it often happens some other topics were discussed with customer tech stuff after discussing main topics. In this discussion I was asked how to read and parse security descriptor for  Active Directory object. After few questions we came to conclusion that they … Continue reading "How to check if I can update attribute?"