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Brian Redmond's Weblog

  • Infocard mentioned on Infoworld

    We're starting to see this show up more in the press after the PDC. http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/09/21/HNinfocard_1.html
  • Excellent Web Cast on the Identity Management Solution Series

    The Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solution Series is a set of prescriptive guidance, code samples, and architecture references that guide customers on building real life Identity Management solutions. This web cast will cover the upcoming release...
  • How many Laws of Identity does this one break?!?

    Link to News.com article Though this seems like a great idea, it has scary implications. Peoplen are pretty protective of their medical record. Reminds me of that Seinfeld where Elaine had a bad doctor visit and they put it on her record. She could...
  • Identity Management hurts

    Seriously, this stuff is really hard. I work in the Identity Management space and most of my time has focused more on enterprise Idm solutions (things like metadirectories and provisioning). Recently, I have been studying this from a more wholistic internet...
  • Interesting article about Identity Management as a web service

    Clint Boulton's interesting article talks about Identity Management delivering Idm solutions as web services. I think this ties in well with Microsoft's plan for the Identity Metasystem and Infocard.
  • Bike ride through the mountains - Complete!

    Below is a trip report from my big ride last Friday (7/8). Overall, the trip was great. Certainly the toughest physical accomplishment of my life. The first 50 miles were basically simple. After that, it was all uphill and extremely steep over the...
  • MIIS OpenLDAP Connector Announced

    This was an announcement at Tech-Ed Europe today. http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2139352/active-directory-moves-towards Pretty exciting. You could certainly have developed your own OpenLDAP MA using the extensible MA, but this will take some...
  • New MS Press Group Policy Book

    This book has some great details on Active Directory Group Policies. I can't wait to get a copy myself. http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/8763.asp
  • Microsoft and Sun Partnership Progress

    This is somewhat old news by now, but I wanted to remind folks about the announcements in this press release. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/may05/05-13MSSunEventPR.mspx Basically, Microsoft and Sun have really started to show some progress...
  • "Guests are not happy in Zoo Tycoon"

    Yup, that is the title of this most critical KB article. http://support.microsoft.com/?id=838962
  • Interesting Performance Monitoring Tool - Download on microsoft.com

    I recently found a tool that can help do performance analysis on servers in your environment. This tool gathers the data from the Performance Monitor and does some level of analysis to help diagnose issues. It is especially good at IIS 6.0 and Active...
  • MIIS Deprovisioning and using ShouldDeleteFromMV

    In general, MIIS solutions have one connected data source that is authoritative for deletes and drives the deprovisioning process. A common MIIS configuration is to set the object deletion rule to delete the MV object when the connector is removed from...
  • Federation... Schmederation. Can't we all just get along?!?

    The eWeek article below talks about Microsoft and the Liberty Alliance. I guess IBM recently decided to join the Liberty Alliance (along with already being a part of designing the ws-federation standards with Microsoft). Interesting article. http://www...
  • Consulting from home...

    I have posted on this Blog recently about life in MCS. This probably holds true for consulting engagements in general. Setting a comfortable travel schedule is really important when you are on the road all the time. On the other hand, this travel schedule...
  • Information about my current MIIS/Exchange project

    My current project is using MIIS to assist with an Exchange Resource Forest. The company has decided to run Exchange in the headquarters and each sub-Company would maintain their own Active Directory for login and security. The Exchange forest has placeholder...
  • Good news, my family is visiting this weekend!

    Normally, I travel back and forth each week from my home to my client and back. Drive or fly, it can certainly get old. I barely have time to unpack and I am packing again. This weekend, my wife and kids are coming to see me. Nice change of pace. I am...
  • MIIS does not process deletes when there are import errors

    This could be obvious to many, but this recently slowed me down one time when I did not realize it. When you run an import off of file, table, etc., MIIS will not process deletes if there are any import errors. This is by design and makes sense. If MIIS...
  • What it is like to work for MCS...

    I got a question asking what it is like to work for Microsoft Consulting Services. This may very well be one of my friends messing with me, but regardless, I thought it might be worth telling some stories now and then. The particular question was about...
  • You know you have reached king of geekdom if...

    http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/solar_finetex_shell.shtml There comes a point when you have solar panels and a USB port on your jacket that you might need to chill out and get away for a while.
  • AD uses different attirbute names from what shows up in ADUC

    For the non-LDAP people, this cause quite a bit of confusion. First name is "givenName" and Last name is "sn." Street in ADUC is "streetAddress" in AD (of course, there is also a 'street' attribute to add to the confusion!). There is a page on MSDN that...
  • Just update the schema and quit worrying about it!!!

    I am a little sick and tired about hearing that people are tentative about modifying the Active Directory schema! Maybe this is Microsoft's fault since we put so many warnings up about doing this. I say modify it like crazy. In fact, I think we should...
  • Sorry, but I have been busy

    What ends up happening is that I start a new project and get horribly busy and have no time to post. I ended up making a bunch of notes of good things to post, so I have a little backlog of things. Expect a bunch here over the next couple days.
  • Active Directory Step by Step Guides released on microsoft.com

    This is a good set of step by step guides for Active Directory on managing, securing, configuring, etc.
  • Using the jpegPhoto attribute in AD - Part II

    The previous post ( http://weblogs.asp.net/btrst4/archive/2004/08/30/222629.aspx ) on this topic showed you how to import picture data into AD. This post shows you how to retieve the data and write it back out to a file. It might be more realistic to...
  • Using the jpegPhoto attribute in AD - Part I

    One of the big advantages of an Active Directory implementation is to store all of someone's personal data in their AD object. Nothing could be more personal than a photo. In many cases, companies already have pictures of users for ID badges, portals...