Morello's Blog

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Morello's Blog

  • To Cluster or Not to Cluster CAs

    One of the many enhancements in Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2008 is support for 2 node active / passive clustering. We have a great whitepaper, Configuring and Troubleshooting Certification Authority Clustering in Windows Server...
  • Deployment Security Designs for Forefront IAG/UAG Virtual Appliances

    One of the most compelling capabilities being added in IAG SP2 (which will also be available in UAG) is the 'virtual appliance' installation option. A virtual appliance is a preconfigured, ready to use Virtual Machine that already has Windows Server and...
  • idNexus 3.0 released

    Alacris , one of our key PKI partners, just released version 3 of their excellent idNexus product. idNexus is a registration authority front end that provides smart card provisioning and lifecycle management capabilites. It's built on .NET and heavily...
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 DFS Replication rocks

    I recently did some work with one of the best features of the upcoming R2 release of Windows Server 2003, DFS Replication . DFS Replication is the successor to FRS and it has a lot of goodness about it it, primarily the fact that it does delta replication...
  • Its been awhile...

    A lot has happened since my last post, particularly in my home state of Louisiana . Katrina and Rita were devastating events but Louisiana will be back. As bad as the storms were, they weren't the first that LA has experienced and won't be the last. My...
  • the Microsoft HSPD-12 / FIPS 201 / PIV solution

    My TechNet article on the HSPD-12 project I’ve been leading just got published, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2005/11/PostMortem/default.aspx . It’s the first time I’ve ever written an article for publication and, overall, it was...
  • "Who am I? Why am I here?"

    No, this is not the second coming of much (and unduly) ridiculed Ross Perot running mate James Stockdale . But the often misunderstood quote seemed like a good title for the first post. So, to introduce myself, I'm John Morello and I'm a Senior Consultant...