Watermarking

Through scuttlebutt at work I hear various discussions about watermarking and its place in the rights management world. So I looked around the web to see what’s going on with it. This post by Ronan Geraghty is interesting. He wrote an add-in for Outlook 2007 that allows you to add a recipient’s name as a watermark to a…

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Economic Changes and Their Affect on Identity and Access Management

With the economy being the way it is, business are most likely going to be going through more churn than ever: layoffs, mergers, buyouts, and so on. This brings up the question of how the IT department is going to handle all of that churn: “Which apps do the new employees from the XYZ aquisition…

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Identity and Access Article o’ the Week – Geneva

The Register, a media outlet in the U.K., has a interesting story about Geneva, Microsoft’s new claims-based-access platform and application framework. “One more barrier is gone when it comes to you and me federating,” said [Kim] Cameron. The significance of federation is that applications can work with multiple identity providers. Geneva lets you create web…

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Forefront Demo

Here is a demo that shows some of the features for Stirling. It’s about 10 minutes long.   Stirling is Microsoft’s new full-featured security platform/story. To read more about it, see the following product road map on the Microsoft web site, or check out this article.

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DebugView

I came across this nice utility for monitoring debug output called DebugView (forgive me if I’m late to the party). Last week I was running some of the AD RMS sample code and getting an error. I used DebugView to get more details about it. To use the tool, you open it and run your code –…

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Update on New Work

Lately I’ve been working on a new walkthrough document for the AD RMS Protectors for Office files (these help you write applications that provide RMS protection for Microsoft Office files) that we posted to the MSDN Code Gallery several weeks ago. It is meant to help developers ramp up with the protectors. It should be available…

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Setting Up the Pre-Production Development Environment – AD RMS

This should be the beginning of a series of posts on setting up the pre-production development environment for AD RMS. I’ve been taking a few notes as I’ve been going through the steps. The first thing I learned is that it isn’t recommended to “dial back” a production (the Hierarchy registry key is set to…

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Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008

I was setting up a virtual PC instance of Windows Server 2008 and I ran into an issue when installing SQL Server 2005 on it. I got the following warning in the SQL Server 2005 setup wizard: “Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is either not installed or is disabled. IIS is required by some SQL Server features. Without…

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Setting Up an AD RMS Environment at Home: Verifying AD RMS Functionality on the Client

I followed the steps to verify the AD RMS functionality for my little domain of virtual machines. I was really pleased to find that it just worked after I went through the steps. These steps include logging in to the client as one of the users, creating a Word document, and applying protection to the document. After that,…

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Identity and Access article of the Week – ABC: An Introduction to ID Management

This article was helpful. It’s a nice primer on ID management. The core objective of an ID management system in a corporate setting is this: one identity per individual. But once that digital ID has been established, it has to be maintained, modified and monitored throughout what has been called the “access lifecycle.” So ID…

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