Ad Nauseam - ramblings of a technologist

I've been with Microsoft, as a technologist, for over 10 years. Occasionally, I stumble across a nugget that I think others will find interesting. I put those nuggets here.

Ad Nauseam - ramblings of a technologist

  • special guest host

    I got to be a guest blogger on the NAP team blog today. You can read my post here .
  • Woah! Edge t-shirts at IT Forum!

    Neil and I just handed out ~300 t-shirts to IT Forum attendees. I hope I have a small stack left in the Exhibition Hall, but I think they're all pretty much gone. The real hot commodity now is Edge laptop stickers. I have a real small pile of those -...
  • Read-Only Domain Controllers

    Once upon a time when I was a Security TS, there’s an apocryphal story I used to share with customers about Russian bank robbers that weren’t just stealing money from bank branches, they were taking the servers from the branch, which they would then take...
  • Achievement unlocked

    piggybacking on Jeff's recent post about the potential for Achievements in other applications, may I suggest: the Achievement generator. Available here . Use the power only for good.
  • TechEd Rocked

    I'm back from TechEd, and was greeted today by the first "Postcard to the Edge" request, all the way from Missouri.  We have a smallish stash of shirts that we held back to send out, but if we have a huge number of requests, they'll have...
  • economic crisis hits home

    whew, what a week!  I've just wrapped a series of videos that will start releasing next week in conjunction with a pending product announcement - it's really cool stuff. Of course, the US presidential elections and the economic crisis have been top...
  • Another Meme goes mainstream

    from the MSN.com homepage today: well, that meme's old and busted now.  What's the new hotness? Unrelated but cool: this morning I released the first in a series of interviews with the Office Communication Server (OCS) team on new features coming...
  • hmmm

    I just spent 30 minutes chatting with a well known security personality at Microsoft about various security things. I noticed he had a laptop sticker like this: He couldn't tell me anything about it though. All will be revealed soon.
  • I got served

    I installed Home Server this weekend. It was cool. At the risk of damaging my geek cred, I'll admit that I haven't had a dedicated server running at home for over 7 years now. I ran one once upon a time to act as a router for my home network to the internet...
  • Knee Deep in Spec

    I've been quiet on the blogging front lately as I get deep into the day to day business of my new role. I'm currently trying to get a functional spec written up for a new offering we want to make available. I don't think I've written a spec since back...
  • my interview with Bob Muglia, bigwig

    In December I interviewed Bob Muglia for Technet Edge.  You can see it here . I've met a few Vice Presidents and CxO's in my time at Microsoft.  A few intimidated the hell out of me.  A couple were pretty down to earth.  None so much...
  • Potpourri

    I occasionally come across things that I think "wow, I need to blog that," but I generally forget about them, or decide that they don't really warrant a post all on their own.  Rather than just cast them aside, I'll start occasionally rounding...
  • they'll make for good bed time stories for my grandchildren

    my longtime friend Steve has printed a long list of stuff he'd like to do, but probably never will . I've been thinking about making a list like this myself, and had a few of them jotted down on a post-it note on my desk already. Here's mine: Fire warning...
  • Restartable Active Directory in Windows Server 2008

    Neil is a brilliant manager. He also has a rapier wit and keen sense of style. A couple of times recently he has mentioned in passing that my blog has been lacking in technical posts lately. Hint taken, boss. Sometimes, you have to take a Domain Controller...
  • tiny, but wiry

    Phil has already blogged about the brief introduction I gave him today to Rory . I have to confess, that other than a couple email exchanges, my only other prior conversation with Rory went like this: me: "Hey, you're Rory the new guy? I'm Adam, the no...
  • April Fools!

    here’s a video we put together on April Fools.  I love facebook.
  • little known fact: In the Netherlands, silver is the only permitted vehicle color

    Daniel and Tony are a couple of the colorful personalities in the worldwide Evangelist/Advisor community. They're doing the Virtual IT Forum this year, and put together a slick video getting ready for it. check it out! Speaking of IT Forum - I'll be attending...
  • 8 Things Meme

    Sometimes, I don't think the Internet is even trying anymore.  Philip tagged me with a new blogging meme.  A really creative one.  It basically goes like this: list 8 things about your self. that's it. Clearly, all the good ideas on the...
  • My name is Adam, and I'm an addict

    Friday night I did something that I'd promised myself I'd never, ever do. I installed World of Warcraft . It's Jason's fault, really. He's been talking about it on and off lately, and he really hyped it up to me in the car back from lunch on Friday. I...
  • locked and loaded

    It took a year and a half to do it, but Neil's IT Pro Evangelist team is up to full headcount, now that Joey is on the team. Please head over and welcome him! Small world observation: during his interview, Joey and I realized that we worked at the same...
  • Teacher Appreciation Day

    Today is internationally recognized as Teacher Appreciation Day . There are a few teachers that stand out as having a huge impact on me that I wanted to specifically call out: My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Doxey. She was a strict, no nonsense teacher...
  • Hyper-V Unleashed - my chat with the authors

    I have to admit, my job is pretty cool.  I've met a bunch of cool people and new friends as a direct result of my work on TechNet Edge .  Last week was no exception, as I got to sit down with the authors of Hyper-V Unleashed to talk about their...
  • 0 to WDS in 6 minutes

    I usually manage to stay behind the camera on TechNet Edge, but Neil showed up in my office the other day with a camera, and wouldn't leave until I showed him how to set up and configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Server 2008.  You can...
  • who would you want to talk to?

    I was a bit surprised last week when Jeff Sandquist walked into my office to chat about some ideas he had. We'd chatted briefly a little while ago when I dropped by his office and introduced myself, but I was still a little surprised that he dropped in...
  • word is out

    Well, the cat is pretty much out of the bag now on Edge . I'm really looking forward to this new way of meeting and networking and connecting with IT Pros around the world. I'm starting this week in Barcelona. If you happen to be here and are attending...