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Infrastructure Optimization Tour '06 Landing page is live!
In case you didn't catch my hints in this July blogpost , the first TechNet national tour is around Infrastructure Optimization and supporting Branch Office solutions. The landing page went live yesterday - you can see it here if you like. As always - more details can be found over at The Canadian IT...
25 Aug 2006
The .local VS real DNS Top Level Domain naming question - SBS (Small Business Server)
I just posted a lengthy discussion around the question that comes up when one installs Small Business Server and what to call your Active Directory domain. This has been a topic of discussion with a number of my friends and IT pros I’ve met while on the road whenever we discuss Small Business Server...
6 Mar 2006
Ottawa TechNet Monthly (October 2005) Resource Page
The first Ottawa TechNet monthly session on Advanced Active Directory Design was well received by the crowd that made it in on the 25 th … I am glad to see the interest is still there (and growing) to continue to have these sessions within the timeslot (12 to 1:30) that seems to work best for everyone...
31 Oct 2005
AD In-Place Migration - Are YOU a candidate? The Series
I am passionate about Active Directory (is case you didn't know from talking with me before). It is the foundation for identity and authentication for Microsoft products. I've personally worked on over 36 Active Directory projects and migrations ranging from 200 users in a single site to 27000 spread...
29 Aug 2005
AD to NT4 In-Place Upgrade - Wrap up (In-Place Migration - Part 8)
This series was a lot of fun to write up. I enjoyed all your comments along the way, thanks for sharing them all with everyone that's following along. I wanted to share some final thoughts and wrap up stuff with this series of posts. I haven't mentioned testing at all yet - mainly because it is a...
22 Apr 2005
NT4 to AD Upgrade - Post Upgrade Tasks (In-Place Migration - Part 7)
Here are some more details on some post-upgrade tasks I have implemented in my In-Place Migration strategy for customers migration from NT4 to 2003. As I previously stated (and have to state once again) - this is not meant to be an exhaustive list , but rather a guide on what you should include in your...
21 Apr 2005
NT4 to AD Upgrade - Upgrade Tasks (In-Place Migration - Part 6)
Here are some more details on some upgrade tasks I have implemented in my In-Place Migration strategy for customers migration from NT4 to 2003. As I previously stated - this is not meant to be an exhaustive list , but rather a guide on what you should include in your in-place upgrade plans. As always...
19 Apr 2005
NT4 to AD Upgrade - Pre-Migration Tasks (In-Place Migration - Part 5)
Here are some more details on some pre-migration tasks I have implemented in my In-Place Migration strategy for customers migration from NT4 to 2003. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a guide on what you should include in your in-place upgrade plans. As always - your mileage may...
14 Apr 2005
In-Place NT4 to AD migration recipe for success! (In-Place Migration - Part 4)
Is this the fourth post already? WOW. So what are the nuts and bolts of my modified In-place migration process I have used on almost all of my AD Design and migration projects? Let's be brief and describe it here (I'll try my best) and expand each of the three sections in three more posts. Pre...
12 Apr 2005
Creating the Lab environment for your AD (In-Place Migration - Part 3)
This post will deal with the mechanics of creating a representative test lab and getting the procedures documented just right. Please be forewarned - this process is not something that is cookie-cutter fitting to each migration project I worked on for the last 5 years. It is adaptable to each client...
7 Apr 2005
How much of an AD design required before a migration? (In-Place Migration - Part 2)
OK. So I have struck a nerve with my In-Place Migration series post. You've asked me to clarify my thoughts on what makes up an AD design. I thought I wasn't going to get into AD design, but I feel I must - at least a bit - in order to make this series of posts flow. I left the consulting side of things...
5 Apr 2005
Slide Decks and resources - Diapositives et ressources (TechNet Winter/Hiver 2005)
Les diapositives sont maintenant disponibles en français. Voici le lien pour le site de web ou tu peu les télécharger. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/canada/wintertour2005/postevent/default.asp J’ai aussi inclus le lien pour un article j’ai écrit ou il y a beaucoup de ressources et logicielles que...
19 Mar 2005
As-tu des problèmes avec un erreur « [strings] section is too long » quand tu travailles avec un GPO?
J’avais beaucoup de questions dans mon courriel électronique au sujet d’intégrer les nouveaux *.ADM fichier qui sont en place avec Windows XP SP2 dans une environnement Active Directory. Peut-être j’aurai beaucoup d’autre question maintenant que les personnes travaillent avec Windows Server 2003 SP1...
16 Feb 2005
Perplexed with a "[strings] section is too long" error when editing a GPO?
I've had a number of questions around the *.ADM templates that come with a Windows XP Service Pack 2 machine and what they do to the GPOs in an Active Directory Domain. With people using Server 2003 SP1 systems, I might get more questions being asked. Both systems increase the length of strings beyond...
11 Feb 2005
DNS - Les stratégies de noms de domaine pour AD (Active Directory)
Le nom de domaine de DNS est fréquemment un bloc dans le processus de conception pour des personnes travaillant sur une migration d'AD. J'ai fait un certain nombre de « round tables » ou les discussions facilitées au sujet de ces matière et ce qui me surprise est que les gents le fait plus compliqués...
25 Jan 2005
DNS Naming Strategies for AD (Active Directory)
DNS Namespace is frequently a stumbling block in the design process for people working an AD implementation or migration. I've lead a number of roundtables or facilitated discussions about this topic and I frequently find that people make it way more complicated then they need to. Being a consultant...
24 Jan 2005
Follow up to some questions regarding XP-SP2 .ADM template files
I’ve gotten a number of requests for the location of the ADM templates that I use in the XP-SP2 sessions I deliver. I’ve posted on this before – but I thought it would be worth posting this information a second time…. First off – you’ll probably need to apply a patch to your servers / systems that you...
20 Nov 2004
.ADM templates for XP-SP2 GPO settings
One of the questions that came up at last night’s TechNet session was .ADM template files and where to get them. JohnM from EDS pointed me to the download page for current ADM templates. Thanks for making my job easier John! Here’s the link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=92759D4B...
6 Oct 2004
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