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ILM "2" Beta 3 is now available for download
ILM "2" Beta 3 has recently been posted for download on the connect website. This beta release is a major milestone in the release roadmap for the product and contains most of the features of the product that a lot of people have been waiting to get a play with. Crucially, you can download...
20 Jun 2008
Microsoft’s Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap - Part 1: Microsoft's philosophy and vision
In a previous post I promised to delve a little deeper into our Identity Lifecycle strategy and roadmap, so this post is the first of three to do exactly that. We'll start with Microsoft's philosophy on Identity Lifecycle Management. Future posts in the series will loom at where we are today in terms...
29 May 2008
Getting Smart with Logon Scripts
I’m sure anyone who administers an Active Directory infrastructure will have had some experience working with logon scripts. Logon scripts can either be deployed on a user by user basis or, more commonly, through Group Policy. Logon scripts can be written in the scripting language of your choice, but...
12 Jun 2007
Virtual labs now available for Windows Server 2008
Virtual labs for Windows Server 2008 are now available on the TechNet Site. These labs are a great way to get to grips with some of the new technology that's coming. They can be accessed via the following links: Managing Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista using Group Policy Windows Server 2008 Beta...
12 Jun 2007
System Center Data Protection Manager v2 Beta1 now available for download
The next version of System Center Data Protection Manager, DPM v2 is now available for download as Beta 1. I’ve done a few customer presentations of our current offering, DPM 2006 and while it’s a great product many people have pointed out that they would like to see support for backing up more than...
20 Oct 2006
Deploying Windows Server 2008 Read-Only domain controllers in your existing environment
One of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Services is the Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC). A read-only domain controller (RODC) is a new type of domain controller in the Windows Server 2008 operating system. The Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) is primarily targeted toward...
28 May 2008
Microsoft's Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 3: ILM "2"
Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” builds on Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 to provide solutions for management of users, credentials, access, and policies that automate identity lifecycle tasks and balance the load between IT professionals, developers, and information workers. IT will be able...
17 Jun 2008
MIIS 2003 SP2 now available
For those of you running MIIS 2003 SP1 in your infrastructures, SP2 for MIIS 2003 is now available for download. This will bring a number of benefits to your MIIS deployment, not least of which is support for SQL Server 2005 as the database for MIIS, as well as a management agent for certificate and...
30 Apr 2007
System Center Essentials 2007 RC1 released
For those of you who are involved in the management and monitoring of small to mid-size Microsoft infrastructures, I would thoroughly reccomend that you have a look at System Center Essentials (SCE) 2007. RC1 for this product has been released. In a nutshell, SCE 2007 provides a unified management...
24 Apr 2007
ADAM: A powerful and flexible directory solution
Many of you will no doubt be aware that Microsoft released Active Directory Application Mode, otherwise known as ADAM, along with the release of Windows Server 2003 R2. ADAM is essentially an LDAP directory service specifically designed for directory enabled applications. It can be used when you want...
1 Jun 2007
Infrastructure Optimisation on Technet
A large part of the work we do as infrastructure consultants involves helping our customers to move towards a more dynamic infrastructure as per the Microsoft Infrastructure Optimisation (IO) Model. For anyone who may not be familiar with the IO model there is some great content on Technet which explains...
24 Apr 2007
Application Compatibility Toolkit
If you are thinking of deploying Vista and are concerned about the compatability of your curently deployed applications, Microsoft has released the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT 5.0), available as a free download. Basically the ACT will advise as to which applications are compatibile with Vista...
25 Apr 2007
System Center Essentials 2007 has RTM'd
Those of you who read my post on RC1 for System Center Essentials, http://blogs.technet.com/mcs-ireland-infrastructure/archive/2007/04/24/system-center-essentials-2007-rc1-released.aspx may be interested to know that the product has gone RTM. You can download an evaluation copy of this great solution...
15 May 2007
Microsoft's Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 2: ILM 2007
This is the second post in this series. In the first one I talked about Microsoft's philosophy and vision for Identity Management. In this post I'll look at our current offering, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 brings together metadirectory, certificate management, and...
17 Jun 2008
TechNet webcast on System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2
For those of you with an interest in the next generation of System Center Data Protection Manager, now labelled DPM 2007 there is an upcoming TechNet webcast ( Thursday, May 24, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time) which will give an overview of some of the great new features in the product, including protection...
22 May 2007
Beta 2 for Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" now available
Many of you have no doubt heard of and some of you will have worked with Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003, otherwise known as MIIS 2003. In 2007 MIIS 2003 became incorporated into a new product offering, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, which combined the Identity Integration capabilities of...
20 May 2008
Using AD and Exchange as a routing and re-branding solution
Recently one of my customers came to me with a requirement that looked pretty daunting. Basically they had 14 separate e-mail infrastructures, not all of them Microsoft Exchange, and what they wanted to do was to re-brand incoming and outgoing e-mail to use 4 new SMTP address formats – essentially setting...
1 Jun 2007
System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Beta 1 is released
SCCP 2007 Beta 1 is now available for download. SCCP 2007 builds on the great capabilities of SCCP 2006 with support for: Exchange 2007 deployments, including clustering (LCR, CCR) System Center Operations Manager 2007 64 Bit hardware These are just some of the new features, SCCP 2007...
1 May 2007
Technet Virtual Labs - free online learning resource
Just thought I'd make you all aware of what is a really great free resource - Technet Virtual Labs. These can be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/default.mspx There are loads of labs available, all of which can be completed within 90 minutes. If you're really stuck...
13 Nov 2006
Virtualising your production environment
One question we get asked from time to time by our customers is “How can I create a representative test environment for my production systems?” Typically it can be quite time consuming to get a test environment up and running, especially one that is a mirror of the production environment. Well, the good...
18 Oct 2006
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