Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

Random musings of a Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist in Redmond, WA.

March, 2008

  • Unleash your inner control freak with Group Policy Preferences

    As a tool to manage end user desktops, Group Policy is very powerful, but how many times have you wanted to manage a users printer settings or drive mappings and not been able to do it outside of a script? How about the challenge of copying a set of files...
  • Upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

    Back when I was supporting a large enterprise Active Directory environment, I was tasked with upgrading our Domain environment from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003.  The project was made much easier with the great documentation from the AD team...
  • Active Directory Migration and Windows Server 2008

    About two years ago I was the lead on an Active Directory migration/consolidation project where we collapsed several domains and restructured two others.  It was a monster of a project and I don't know that we would have had the success that we had...
  • Remote Server management from Vista for REAL!

    Another crazy week, but we have some seriously good stuff coming out of Redmond today.  We have officially released to the web the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT).  So what the heck is RSAT?  Well basically it's the next version...
  • Windows Deployment

    Today's post on Edge is an interview I did recently with Michael Niehaus and Jeremy Chapman regarding Vista deployment .  These guys have done a TON of work around making deployment (not just Vista) much easier to handle.  Check out the interview...
  • SQL debut on Edge

    So my first video post on Edge is up and it is the start of a series of posts on various SQL Server 2008 topics.  The first talks about the new backup compression and high availability features in SQL Server 2008.  If you have suggestions about...
  • Catching up

    Okay I've been very bad at keeping this blog updated over the past three weeks, but it's been a bit hectic with the Windows Server Launch , an internal conference, and getting settled into the new home here in the pacific northwest.  We've got a...
  • Edge Survey Coming Soon!

    Being the complete professionals that we are in the Edge team, we have created a special public awareness video about an upcoming survey that our Edge viewers will be asked to participate in.  Please take the time to watch this video and if you are...