Network security made richer and simpler

What if you could filter IPsec encrypted traffic? What if you could easily filter both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic? What if you could write just a few lines of user-mode code to filter applications based on port, protocol and application ID?                                To do all this and much more, Windows Vista exposes a set of…

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What is NetDMA?

The NetDMA term was coined by the networking team to imply a DMA (Direct Memory Access) engine that is used for moving networking data in memory. During WinHEC I will present the NetDMA architecture but for now I will give you the problem that NetDMA is trying to address.   When the networking card receives…

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Enabling Diagnostics for Network Performance Tuning

In Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions, Media Center will be available to all. Xbox 360 has integrated Media Center Extender (MCX) functionality, and a lineup of additional MCX devices will be comming soon from a number of partners, making it simple to extend TV (standard and high definition), videos, music, pictures, and rich…


Advances in Windows TCP/IP Networking

Significant advances have been made, both in hardware and in software, over the past few years that have enabled gigabit networking. From being unavailable just a few years back, it has become mainstream technology with GigE NICs available in an increasing number of clients and servers today. The ever increasing networking capacity and the need…

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Network Access Protection

Network Access Protection (NAP) is an exciting new solution that will be included in Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn Server.  You can find out some basic information about NAP here: http://www.microsoft.com/nap.   The world is becoming increasingly interconnected.  This is great because it enables us to access our information on more devices, in more locations…

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An Interview with Alireza Dabagh, NDIS development lead

Tell us about what you do in Windows.   I’m NDIS development lead. I lead a team which works on NDIS and related components, and I also contribute to the architecture, coding and design of our components.   How long have you been participating in WinHEC?   Quite some time! Maybe 4 or 5 years….

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Get Ready for the WinHEC 2006 Guest Blogger Series

Starting Monday April 17th the WinHEC 2006 Guest Blogger Series begins right here on the WNDP blog  The series is comprised of technical content from speakers and developers whose feature areas Microsoft will be highlighting during this year’s conference.  WinHEC 2006 runs May 23rd – 25th at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center here…


TLS enabled by default in IE 7.0 and WinINet

Transport Layer Security (“TLS”) and Secure Sockets Layer (“SSL”) are transport-layer protocols for server and client authentication, data encryption, and data integrity of application layer protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, and FTP.  In order to provide a more secure experience, Microsoft is enabling TLS and extensions by default in Internet Explorer 7.0 and WinINet.  Starting…

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WinINet Support for Negotiate Auth to a Proxy Server in Windows Vista

By default WinINet supports the following authentication schemes: Negotiate, NTLM, Digest and Basic. However, in previous OS releases WinINet did not support Negotiate authentication to proxys, as it would not respond to a negotiate challenge from a proxy server (See http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=321728).   We have added support for negotiate authentication to a proxy server in Windows Vista….


Winsock and the new SDK Headers

As you may have noticed in the recent Vista CTP SDK, the Winsock headers have undergone some changes. First, instead of a couple monolithic files (winsock2.h and mswsock.h), they have been split into a number of smaller files for ease of maintenance as well as for use by other components that don’t necessarily load Winsock…