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  • Blog Post: Myth debunking: "Multiple forests help us reduce the risk of a forest-wide Active Directory failure"

    More and more customers seem to be using "lower risk" as justification for their multiple forest plan. It may seem reasonable at first glance, but something about it doesn't feel right to me. Since recognizing this pattern a couple of months ago, I've spent a lot of time mulling it over with numerous...
  • Blog Post: Week of March 25: New blogs from Windows Server/System Center MVPs

    Hi, all, Christa Anderson here with this week’s MVP blog update. Here’s a quick overview of what the MVPs have in store for you this week. Check the blog links below for details. In how-to news this week, Roberto di Lello and Darren Mar-Elia posted blogs and videos about using Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: Planning for Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Deployments - DAC

    HI this is Kevin Beares, Senior Community Lead for the Windows Server and System Center Group. The following post comes from Robert Paige who has written earlier on the topic of Dynamic Access Control on the Server and Cloud Partner and Customer Solutions Team Blog. Enjoy! Kevin Hi, I am Robert...
  • Blog Post: Keep up with new blogs from Windows Server/System Center MVPs!

    Hi, all, Christa Anderson here. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find in the MVP blogs this week. The blogs themselves are linked below, organized according to the blogger’s MVP expertise. (MVPs can have only one official expertise, but frequently have experience with more than...
  • Blog Post: Week of April 8: New blogs from Windows Server/System Center MVPs

    Hi, all, Christa Anderson here with your latest blogs from Windows Server and System Center MVPs. It must be spring: Microsoft Management Summit is this week in Las Vegas (with several MVPs presenting or participating in Birds of a Feather sessions) and several MVPs announced that they were renewed...
  • Blog Post: We need our directory to replicate immediately!

    A customer of ours is in the process of evaluating Active Directory and ADAM for use as their primary enterprise application directory. I was just informed that they've dropped Active Directory from the running (it's not in their "top three" directory servers) because "AD replication is scheduled and...
  • Blog Post: Time for an Active Directory Redesign?

    Hi all... I'm Robert DeLuca, the Identity Management guy on WinCAT. After a year or two of slowly dwindling requests for AD design reviews, there appears to be a growing trend among many of my enterprise customers - full Active Directory redesign. I guess 5 years of living with suboptimal AD designs...
  • Blog Post: Using the FREE network security tools you get in Windows (and who doesn't love free tools?)

    In my last post I talked extensively about the use of 802.1x for network authentication (wired or wireless) and talked about the benefits of the 2 common approaches to controlling machine access (VLAN vs. Port ACL). While 802.1x remains a very popular mechanism for controlling port based access for machines...
  • Blog Post: More on multiple forests

    I've received a few interesting email messages about my last post on multiple forests ( http://blogs.technet.com/wincat/archive/2006/05/23/429988.aspx ). Here's a good excerpt from one of them, verbatim: “More forests equals more administrative tasks”. I’d say that it necessarily must also...