Entity Framework is Microsoft's recommended data access technology for new applications in .NET. We'll explore how the current release of Entity Framework can be used to build applications. We'll also look at an early preview of EF7, a modern, lighter weight, and composable version of Entity Framework (EF) that can be used on a variety of platforms, including ASP.NET vNext, Windows Phone and Windows Store. This new version will also support targeting non-relational data stores.
While not a tool designed specifically for network or enterprise security, Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 can certainly be used as part of an overall strategy in securing an environment (large or small). With the rise of publicly disclosed breaches, "security" should be at the top of every IT engineer's and administrator's list because everyone is either part of the solution or is part of the problem. This session will explore what's built into ConfigMgr to help secure an environment and will also present some semi-custom solutions, ideas, and options (including leveraging other tools) that can make ConfigMgr a valuable tool in the fight to secure an environment against those evil-doers.