AAD Sync installation failure when using external SQL Server

I ran into an issue today while installing AAD Sync using command line parameters to designate an external SQL Server.  The error message was: Error 25001.The Microsoft Azure AD Sync setup wizard cannot validate the information for service account, password, or domain or local computer. Verify the entered information is correct, and then try again….


Using an F5 Load Balancer as an NLS server for DirectAccess

I was working on a deployment of DirectAccess for a company and of course how to deploy NLS came up.  Obviously it is important that the NLS servers always be available, so the plan was to create two virtual IIS servers and put them behind their internal F5 load balancers.  This would allow them to take…


Me and my Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE access point

Recently, I got rid of my Sprint 3G/4G Overdrive access point and replaced it with a Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE access point.  This thing is really fast and seems to get great coverage in a lot of place.  However, the other day I started to have problems with it disconnecting and reconnecting repeatedly (on the…


Holy moly, I’m back!!!

After taking a two year hiatus during which I moved (back) to the Phoenix area and worked for a Big 4 accounting firm, I’ve returned to Microsoft.  I’m working in Microsoft Consulting Services now, focusing on security and identity management.  I’m glad to be back as Microsoft is the company I’ve enjoyed working for most…


Hello, Xbox Live…

Well, I’ve been in the Xbox Live team for the past 3 days and my head is swimming!  I had never thought about all the work that goes into keeping Xbox Live up and operational, but now that I’m here and get to see it, it’s pretty remarkable.  There is a large team working around the…


Goodbye, SA-SC!

Starting this Tuesday, I will begin a new job at Microsoft: I am joining the Xbox Live Operations team as a Program Manager.  I have really enjoyed my nearly 3.5 years on the Solution Accelerators Team, but am looking forward to a new challenge.  My job on the Xbox Live team will be to help…


Released: The External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint!

I’m happy to announce that the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint has been released and is now available at http://www.microsoft.com/collabkit.  This toolkit helps you easily deploy a SharePoint-based external collaboration facility at your organization.  Once this facility is in place, end users can quickly create a new collaboration site (using a SharePoint site collection) and…


Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released!

My buddies down the hall recently released the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide the other day.  This security guide is targeted at the latest Windows Server release (obviously!) and helps you implement the appropriate security settings based on the server’s role. You can access the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide at http://www.microsoft.com/wssg.


Corrected URL for the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Beta

In my previous post (since corrected), I included an incorrect link to get access to the beta of the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint.  The actual URL is https://connect.microsoft.com/SelfNomination.aspx?ProgramID=1657&pageType=1&SiteID=14.  Sorry about that! 


Please download the beta for the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint

I am happy to announce the beta release for the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint. We are making this beta release available in order to get feedback from our customers and partners. With your help, we can ensure that the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint (ECTS) meets your needs. What is the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit…