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Central Region IT Pro Extras from Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist Brian Lewis
As an IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft I come across cool technical items all the time and I share many of them on my blog (mythoughtsonit.com). Today I came across a FREE tool called the “Attack Surface Analyzer” on the Microsoft Website.
This tool takes snapshots of your system state and compares them. You take one snapshot before you install software called the “Baseline Scan”. Then you take a snapshot after you install your program called the “Product Scan”. Then you have the tool generate a report from these two scans which it compares to see what has changed on the system. Using knowledge of what would make Windows less secure the report lists any issues it sees with the changes.
You can use this tool to check an application install to see if there are insecure configuration changes that it makes to your system. At last a tool that lets us monitor what an install does to your machine! Sweet. You can also use the Analyzer to see if an uninstall of an application really does remove it or if it leaves junk behind.
Give this tool a try and I think you will agree it is a great tool for developers and IT Pros alike. You can get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=e068c224-9d6d-4bf4-aab8-f7352a5e7d45&displaylang=en
IT Pro Evangelist – Microsoft Corporation