It’s all about the little things

I love little things. Here is one I noticed this morning.   Go ahead and empty your recycle bin. Now create and delete two files, then go to empty the bin again. Note that it says “would you like to delete these 2 files”.   Ok, now empty the bin, and only delete one file….


Constructed attributes are your friend

The schema itself has a whole lot of interesting nuances. Within the schema we define multiple different types of attributes. One of the most useful attribute types we have might just be the constructed attribute.   Constructed attributes are interesting in that they aren’t a single value in the database which is read and returned….


In Redmond, working on a series of posts

In seeing some MVPs I got insipred to work on a few posts for some much needed topics. First up, attribute types (constructed, operational) and other things about them (indexing and such). It’s been a good day of meeting people, and having meetings with other people that I already knew. Technical posts forthcoming….. (tonight or…

Flight Simulator 2004 rocks (part 1)

I suspect I’ll post on FS 2004 multiple times, hence the “part 1” in the title. It really deserves attention, this thing is cool. And that’s coming from a guy who owned zero video games a couple of days ago (I have played them in the past, but haven’t purchased one in quite some time)….


Thank you server may I have another thousand

Today I spent several hours working on an issue with ranged retrieval when I realized, many people probably don’t know what it is! Let me explain.   In Active Directory (AD) and Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) some people have attributes that have *many* values in them. Thousands. Sometimes more.   Imagine a scenario where you are reading…


Random thoughts on a Friday

Random thoughts on a Friday.   Last night I ordered a new computer on which I will be running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005. I’ve never owned any sort of personal digital video recorder, so I’m pretty excited. And I’m ready to play MS Flight Simulator 2004 on it too. 🙂 (I heard the…

Another SP2 issue post…..

Earlier today Raymond posted on an issue that I’ve seen several of myself, so I thought it wise to link to it from yet another place.In a nutshell, you receive the error: “Explorer.EXE – Entry Point Not Found – The procedure entry point SHCreateThreadRef could not be located in the dynamic link library SHLWAPI.dll” If…


Uniqueness in the schema….what a pain!

For a variety of reasons, several elements of the schema in AD and ADAM must be defined as globally unique. For example, Object Identifiers (OIDs) are assigned by a central authority, and everyone needs to have a unique OID for every element in their schema. When you purchase applications that extend the schema, the application…

These are a few of my favorite tools (part 1)

Often times people ask what sorts of tools and logging we use, and why we use them. I thought I’d share a few with y’all. These are some of the ones I find myself using more than most. I’m sure I’m forgetting some key ones, but I’ll revisit this topic I’m sure.     Server…


Highly available ADAM

I thought I’d post on ADAM once more before moving on to something new. Once you get me started on something, it’s tough for me to switch gears!   One of the most common questions I’m asked about ADAM is “how do we deploy highly-available LDAP/LDAPS?” In AD, people often rely upon DC discovery (connect…