First post, so here's a brief intro.

My name is Brian Puhl, and I'm a Sr. Systems Engineer in Microsoft IT responsible for our internal deployment of Active Directory.  Lately I've also been spending quite a bit of time deploying our instance of ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) which will be released with Server 2003 R2 in a few months.  I've worked in MSIT for 4 years, the entire time on the core infrastructure team focused mainly on supporting our AD, DNS, DHCP, and WINS deployments through the upgrades from Windows 2000 to Server 2003, and am now working on the R2 and Longhorn releases.

In addition to being an engineer responsible for our internal environment, I also spend quite a bit of time talking to customers about "How Microsoft IT does...(fill in the blank)".  Some of this is done through presentations at conferences, and other times it's during a monthly customer conference call that I host with some of the other engineers on my team.  Because many of the questions are often repeated from multiple customers, I'm hoping to answer some of them in this blog, as well as throw out some hints/tips/tricks that we've learned along the way.