Brian Redmond's Weblog

Good IT Stuff

October, 2004

  • 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.