My take aways from Microsoft Tech Ed 2010, held June 7 - 10 in New Orleans.
I enjoyed the conference and look forward to going back. I have some pictures that I'll post soon. The following are a few of the take aways from the conference -
- Microsoft is all about the cloud.
- Next generation VDI will feature RemoteFX.
- Remote Desktop Session Host is the new Terminal Services
- Have a reboot strategy as part of your patch management plan.
- Defense in depth for best security.
- 2014 is when DNSSec will be fully implemented by all major ISPs - be prepared for it.
- Sign your DNS Zones with digital signatures.
- Change your default DNS port from 53 to whatever.
- Your goal as an IT professional is seemless access across boundaries.
- If you have IPv4 addresses, then you have IPv6 addresses.
- Invest in user education when it comes to IT Security.
- Integrated security is the least expensive over time.
- Citrix's XenApp technology allows for local file association.
- Link local is the private IPv6 address and allows an administrator to do something similar to NAT for IPv6.
- IPv4 and IPv6 wukk yse encaptulation technology so the two can work together.
- Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) can be configured to filter all inbound & outbound email traffic. FOPE supports SPF records and has a rule for blocking NDR backscatter.
- Virtual desktops are useful for all enterprises, but not all users.
- Enabling Windows Scaling will increase the performance of your network. The drawback is that most routing gear out today doesn't support it.
- Selective Acknowledgement should be used in every implementation of TCP/IP. Enabling it on my networking gear will cut down on latency.
- Firewalls should never speak, they should always silently discard (known as selective acknowledgement).
- Use a full duplex tap to listen to network traffic with a program such as Wireshark.