Eric Fleischman's WebLog

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Eric Fleischman's WebLog

  • Who is that ADAM guy, and why should I let him in?

    So, it’s pretty well understood what Active Directory (AD) is. Since we shipped Windows 2000 several years ago, we’ve been putting information out there on what AD is, how you use it, how it benefits you, and why you should use it for as much integration...
  • Sometimes all it takes is an hour in the airport to rethink things

    On Friday I traveled from Seattle to the other coast for my brother’s college graduation. While in another aiport along the way (stupid layovers ;)) I heard a conversation that made the whole stop worthwhile. Our flight was late, and it was one of those...
  • A record!

    Just paid 2.999 per gallon for gas. My first time paying ~$3 per gallon! I'm going to keep the receipt. I feel like I'll want to remember this moment when we hit $4/gallon.
  • It's all about the little things

    I love little things. Here is one I noticed this morning. Go ahead and empty your recycle bin. Now create and delete two files, then go to empty the bin again. Note that it says “would you like to delete these 2 files”. Ok, now empty the bin...
  • Everyone starts somewhere.....

    Welcome to my blog! It’s just getting rolling, so sorry if things are a bit slow to start. I’m definitely a neophyte in the land of bloggers. As you can probably tell, my name is Eric, and I’m on the Platforms Critical Problem Resolution (CPR) team. Most...
  • An upgrade that saves space

    It’s always great to show all of the new, innovative things a product can do. But sometimes it’s great to show how you are doing what you did before, but now you can do it better, faster and more efficiently than you did in the previous version. There...
  • Horse, go get in front of that cart would ya?

    After my post the other day I couldn’t help but think that perhaps I had an ordering problem. I was really outlining the solution to a problem which had not yet been scoped. Let’s take a step back. We so often throw the term “ACL” around, like it’s some...
  • On ADAM user authentication….

    I just noticed that Doug Lawty has a blog, and that he recently posted on ADAM as well. I think Doug is spot on with some of his conclusions, I also feel the need to clarify the statements made along the way a bit. :) > Kerberos (Remember, ldap binds...
  • These are a few of my favorite tools (part 1)

    Often times people ask what sorts of tools and logging we use, and why we use them. I thought I’d share a few with y’all. These are some of the ones I find myself using more than most. I’m sure I’m forgetting some key ones, but I’ll revisit this topic...
  • Man, I wish we had this feature......

    Sometimes I just thirst for a feature someone else has. In talking with an MVP on the phone tonight we got to talking about ESE, and chatted a bit about the new ECC feature introduced in Exchange 2003 SP1 to help with -1018's. Info on it is here if you...
  • Blech, I was wrong about something I said

    Some time ago I posted on constructed attributes. There was a snafu in an item I posted (and by snafu I mean mistake). I said that constructed attributes are only returned in base searches. This is incorrect in the general case. This is true for some...
  • Thank you server may I have another thousand

    Today I spent several hours working on an issue with ranged retrieval when I realized, many people probably don’t know what it is! Let me explain. In Active Directory (AD) and Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) some people have attributes that have...
  • "Brett" Unplugged - Still no posts

    I thought I’d follow up our last post with a quick update as to Brett’s foray in to the blogging world. Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen a few areas of motion: - We’ve had some further category refinement. This should come as no surprise, categories...
  • And sometimes, blogging really is that hard

    Time for an aside….hang on. This post is going to sound absurd. I swear to you it is true. I have this friend who asked to not be identified…..let’s call him “Brett Shirley” for the time being. And just to put it in perspective, let’s assume this “Brett...
  • Syncing to our OU=SyncTargetOU NC instead

    Earlier in this series of posts I changed our sync target from form “OU=” to “DC=”. This was done to carefully skirt around a small issue. Now with our new found knowledge of logging in ADAMSync, let’s give it another try. So let’s go ahead in to our...
  • ADAMSync on pre-R2 systems

    From the inbox..... <quote> You say the requirements are Win2003R2 with the ADAM installed from the R2 CD. Will your guides work for us aswell? Running Win2003 SP1 in AD-environment and our developers are running standard Windows XP with the...
  • Gotta get the schema right first

    Before trying to synchronize much of anything, we need to make sure the required schema elements are in place. NOTE: I would estimate that around a third of all questions I've received on ADAMSync came back to schema problems. It is critically important...
  • Large AD database? Probably not this large...

    Over the last few months there have been a series of threads in regard to max <fill in the item here...there have been many> in a database. These items have ranged from database size to # of objects and other such things. I figured, after the latest...
  • Brett's blogging update: welcome to 2006!

    Thought I'd post a quick update to Brett's foray in to the blogging world..... <this space left intentionally blank>
  • "VGA"-like drivers for networking

    One of the things that has always impressed me about keyboard, mouse and monitor support is that it just works. That is, you can plug in almost any keyboard, mouse and monitor, on basically any video card, and it there is some level of support provided...
  • Finding the lost&found container in S.DS.P...or anything that isn't ADSI really

    I found myself writing a piece of C# which would go hunt for objects in lost&found today. This is a pretty straight forward task….find that container, pop in to it and search away. I usually do this by looking at the lost&found well known GUID...
  • Change visibility in the directory...or lack there of (aka "what's the point of aging?")

    I’m often asked about aging in adamsync so I thought I’d present the more general problem here for people to ponder. Hopefully this gives some context around the problem which aging in adamsync is supposed to address. Imagine you are writing a tool...
  • Another SP2 issue post.....

    Earlier today Raymond posted on an issue that I've seen several of myself, so I thought it wise to link to it from yet another place. In a nutshell, you receive the error: "Explorer.EXE - Entry Point Not Found - The procedure entry point SHCreateThreadRef...
  • Another random AD change in SP1

    The other day over on activedir it was mentioned that in SP1 we added sidHistory to the list of attributes preserved on tombstones. I thought I’d mention this here, and provide some clarity around what actually changed, since there was some confusion...
  • AWE in WOW64 on x64

    Here in the EEC, was asked a good question the other day, thought I’d pass it along. So the scenario is that the engagement in question was to run SQL 2000 SP4 on a box running Win2k3 x64 Enterprise Edition. The server had a good chunk of RAM (I think...