A Plumber's Confessions

The blog of Doug Lawty, Microsoft Services Infrastructure Consultant

A Plumber's Confessions

  • Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) -- Just Say Maybe

    Last year Microsoft released another great tool for Plumbers to keep in their toolbox: Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) . The "sweet spot" for ADAM is as LDAP-based storage for your custom applications -- applications that would otherwise request...
  • Cutover vs. Migration

    I had lunch with a friend today. He paid for it so he could ask my advice on a project he's undertaking. I'd have given him my advice without the lunch but it's hard to turn down an offer like that. Phil's a one-man IT shop at a business with under...
  • Updated Active Directory Branch Office Guide

    If you're deploying Active Directory in a branch office environment (one or more central data centers and more than 100 branch offices with domain controllers), make sure to read the updated branch office guide . Version 1.1 has just been posted and contains...
  • Designing your Active Directory deployment in under a minute

    Dana Epp came down from the Great White North to attend the Microsoft Security Summit in Seattle. He seems to have enjoyed himself. I'm glad. In the afternoon sessions Dana saw a presentation by Steve Riley . Steve is a very dynamic speaker and, if...
  • Self-Defeating Prophecy

    I had Chinese food for lunch. This was my fortune: You will receive an unexpected gift. If I do indeed receive a gift, won't it now be expected?
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  • Active Directory Webcast Week

    Next week (beginning September 27) is Active Directory Webcast Week. From the events web site: Do you want to learn more about Active Directory? IT professionals and IT managers – mark your calendars for webcasts covering Active Directory from A to Z...
  • TIP: Sharing Message Box Text

    Ever seen a message box that you wanted to remember or share? What did you do? If you're like most, you probably hit Alt-PrtScrn (or worse, just PrtScrn) to copy an image of the dialog to the clipboard. Then, you pasted that image into an e-mail and sent...
  • Microsoft Identity Integration Server cumulative hotfix available

    The latest in a regular series of hotfix rollup packages is available for MIIS. I really like the way this group is fixing bugs and updating MAs to work with new versions of the connected directories. These fixes look especially important for deployments...
  • How is an IT infrastructure like your plumbing?

    Let me count the ways... People expect the system to just work. The system's complexity is hidden from most users. A well-designed system enables all sorts of solutions to be delivered. Various surges in usage can tax the system. People...