Well, I've always meant to give this a go, so I may as well start here.

What I hope to talk about is the use of technologies that are available in Windows Server (esp 2003) and in particular those that have no incremental licensing cost, a case of working with the stuff that most companies already own. Too often I see companies that still view Windows Server (2000 and 2003) as a Windows NT replacement and I think it is the job of Microsoft and the IT community to see what we can do to help get more from the platform.

To start then I think I'll cover the following areas;

  • Active Directory. Moving beyond the NT4 SAM. Application authentication etc.
  • Look at LDAP (ADAM and AD) and inter-op with other LDAP repositories.
  • Distributed File System (DFS). My favorite Windows Server component. Look at NT4/Windows 2000 vs Windows Server 2003 vs Windows Server 2003 R2.
  • Directory Federation. Forest Trust / SSO etc
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

My attention span is similar to a goldfish, one with a short attention span, so I think most of my comments will be what I am thinking of or working on at the time, or so I think now, only time will tell.

Anyway, on with the show.