Is offering too many products or features a bad thing?

My friend and I got into a very interesting conversation the other day about how companies tend to focus a large amount of energy creating products or versions of their products for particular market segments. Now, I’m not talking...

08/17/2010

Obtaining an OID for a Certificate Issuing Policy (CAPolicy.inf)...

In the happy fairy land that is PKI there comes a time when an OID is needed. Such a time is when you want to specify a Certificate Issuing Policy within a CAPolicy.inf for Microsoft’s Certificates Services. However, how to obtain an...

08/09/2010

My thoughts on Microsoft’s System Center Opalis product

What is Opalis? Well for those that have been in a closet, Opalis was an automation platform that was snapped up by Microsoft late last year. Rebranded System Center Opalis, this platform is targeted to provide a vehicle that IT pros...

07/30/2010

Cloud computing, gap analysis, and limited time trials…

There is a really great thing about cloud computing. It’s in the cloud. However, when I talk to a number of organizations they still want to treat cloud-based services as if they operate just like an on-premise solution. However, a...

07/23/2010

Will Windows File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) protect our data and bring about world peace?

Let’s face it. Managing data in the enterprise is a messy endeavor. I have yet to see an organization that has a 100% handle on where data should live, how it should be used, protected, consumed, etc. Part of the problem is that...

07/13/2010

How to create custom AD LDS attributes...

Recently, I was working with a client that had has an enterprise application that is outsourced to an Application Service Provider (ASP). Because this application is outsourced and using a completely separate authentication database...

07/07/2010

Why does my Windows Server 2008 machine register all of its IP addresses into DNS?

Ran into this issue the other day and I figured that I would share. Basically, I was setting up a DirectAccess deployment and the customer wanted to stick the NLS instance on an existing Exchange Server 2007 CAS server. OK… no...

06/28/2010

Understanding and using message classifications in Exchange Server 2010 - Part One

Message classification is a feature that is found within Exchange Server 2007 / 2010 and Outlook 2007 / 2010. By using the classification feature, a message that has been classified will contain specific metadata that describes the...

06/21/2010

Duplicate Message Detection bug in Exchange Server 2010 RU 1 and greater…

In case anyone encounters this, a customer of ours brought this to our attention. Basically, Exchange Server 2010 RU 1 or greater introduced a very odd Duplicate Message Detection bug. You encounter the bug when a delegate receives...

06/09/2010

RDC RemoteApp: How do users change their password?

***UPDATE***Here is the source: http://poshcode.org/1910*************I recently ran into a very interesting scenario with RDC RemoteApp. Basically, we had a client that was using RDC RemoteApp to deploy a medical related application....

05/31/2010

Standardized Signatures in Exchange Server 2010: enforcing your company’s brand image

After last week’s really great “discussion” about Apple, I have decided to turn back to a more technical topic for tonight’s post. Email signatures… we all know that people try their hardest to make their personal signature as...

05/23/2010

Why do I refuse to buy anything from Apple, because they are evil! - Part Two (Updated)

***Update***I do not normally answer certain types of comments, but it seems that I have hit a nerve with the Apple fan boys.  Despite what everyone thinks... I'm not a fan boy for anything.  I just happen to work in the Microsoft...

05/11/2010

Legal disclaimers in Exchange 2010: letting the lawyers insert themselves

Let's talk about how to manage disclaimers in Exchange 2010. Disclaimers (aka lawyer-speak) are normally used to denote some form of limit or scope for the rights and obligations for parties in a legally-recognized...

05/04/2010

Why do I refuse to buy anything from Apple, because they are evil!

I’m sure my Apple loving friends are going to give me a hard time about this post. But, I can’t just simply stand around anymore and watch everyone drink the poison laced Kool-Aid. Come on people, I surely cannot be the only person...

04/22/2010

How to force an IP-HTTPS connection on a DirectAccess client…

Pop quiz hotshot, you’ve got a DirectAccess client on a NAT’ed home network and you want to force it to use IP-HTTPS. What do you do? What do you do?Err… Well hack the registry and enable Force Tunneling. Granted this should work,...

04/15/2010

Searching an entire Active Directory forest for certain objects…

Good evening everyone! After several weeks of dodging postings of an applied nature I figured that it might be time to do a PowerShell focused posting. I like PowerShell…Anyhow, I recently was doing something at a client site and I...

04/04/2010

Using social networks to establish a publicly verifiable level of trust…

It’s no secret that I’m fed up with how aspects of trust and assurance are established out on the Internet. After all, I have railed against the racketeering operations public CAs operate and the ornate processes people or...

03/25/2010

Which browser is more secure IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3.5, Chrome 4, or Opera 10?

About two weeks ago I saw a discussion thread on the GIAC Advisory Board that was entitled, “NSS report on browser security (is IE8 or FF more secure?)”. Intrigued, I flagged the discussion as something to read when I had time. Well…...

03/17/2010

Microsoft yanks down its capacity planning tool for Exchange 2007, other servers

For those that didn’t know, System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) is a capacity planning tool that Microsoft created to help organizations planning on deploying certain Microsoft server products. Based on the Microsoft Operations...

03/09/2010

Introducing Windows Multipoint Server 2010

Everyday it seems like there are more and more schemes emerging from the woodwork which are designed to allow users to share computing resources. Needless say, it was pointed out to me that Microsoft has just released a new product...

03/01/2010

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