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Mark Minasi's cram session on XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1


Popular author, keynote speaker, technical trainer and columnist Mark Minasi dissects XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 in this series of five, 15-minute "cram sessions." Mark has pored over more than a thousand pages of Microsoft documentation and consolidated the information into five key sessions, available to busy Windows administrators in a humorous, provocative and informative self-paced learning environment. Find out the good and bad about Microsoft's latest desktop and server operating system service packs from Mark in his inimitable style.

Welcome to Mark Minasi's cram session...

 CRAM SESSION 1  Introduction, Data Execution Protection and stack changes

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SUMMARY:  Mark Minasi explains the differences between 64- and 32-bit Data Execution Protection -- the technology that is intended to prevent would-be attackers from inserting rogue code into memory and trick Windows into running the program. He also reviews TCP/IP stack changes.
WORKSHEET:  Get a copy and follow along in class
SPONSOR:  Software Spectrum

 CRAM SESSION 2 De-anonymizing XP – the stuff that breaks old apps

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SUMMARY:  Find out from Mark Minasi how, why and what to do when tools like Remote Procedure Call, MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator, COM and Web Development and Versioning create conversations between applications that break things.
WORKSHEET:  Get a copy and follow along in class
SPONSOR:  SearchWin2000.com's E-mail Security Seminar Series

 CRAM SESSION 3  Internet Explorer changes

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SUMMARY:  Mark Minasi provides an overview of the many changes to Internet Explorer, including pop-up killers, new security features, tighter defaults, zone lockdown for "local machine" zones and consistent file and program download prompts.
WORKSHEET:  Get a copy and follow along in class
SPONSOR:  SearchWin2000.com's E-mail Security Seminar Series

 CRAM SESSION 4  Using Group Policies to block unwanted ActiveX controls

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SUMMARY:   Hear Mark Minasi's step-by-step advice on how to block (and unblock) publishers in Internet Explorer with Group Policy settings.
WORKSHEET:  Get a copy and follow along in class
SPONSOR:  SearchWin2000.com Daily News

 CRAM SESSION 5 Windows Firewall

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SUMMARY:  Mark Minasi delves into the details of Windows Firewall, starting with the basics of turning it on, to creating profiles for inside and outside the office to setting up remote administration.
WORKSHEET:   Get a copy and follow along in class
SPONSOR:  SearchWin2000.com Daily News

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Return to the top of the page
Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, commentator and all-around alpha geek. Mark is best known for his books in the Mastering Windows series. What separates him from others is that he knows how to explain technical things to normal humans, and make them laugh while doing it. Mark's firm, MR&D, is based in Pungo, a town in Virginia's Tidewater area that is distinguished by having one -- and only one -- traffic light.
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This was first published in June 2005

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