Iceland vNext evolution

This blog has been my scratchpad for the last 6 years or so for noting down interesting things encountered while assisting customers get the most out of their Microsoft Environments. However, as I’m leaving Microsoft and relocating then this will be the closing entry on it. My primary goal at Microsoft was to make Windows…

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God mode on Windows 8

It’ s summer, you’re bored enough to start reading random newsletters and then you pick up something useful. Create a folder on your Surface desktop with the name GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Open The folder for a surprise…   …this incidentally also works on Windows 7.  

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The end of days [for XP support]

In case you missed it – there is now less than 18 months of extended support for the venerable Windows XP platform left.  The key takeway from that statement is that there will be no security updates for XP released after April 8th 2014. In the Enterprise space it’s not uncommon to have a migration…

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Debunking Slow Logon Myths

Over the years, the following three causes for slow logons have been mistakenly identified as being relevant for improving logon speed on Windows clients. Deleting your cached roaming profile.This will most likely do nothing or even make your logon slower if the profile is excessively big and needs to be pulled down from the server…

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Primers for building a highly available Active Directory environment

Notes from the field on things to consider with regards to maintaining Active Directory: Hardware Diversity – this includes virtualization and SAN’s.  Read the official Microsoft notes on virtualization recommendations in the Technet article and KB below.DC’s are designed to be redundant and distributed – try to avoid putting all DC’s in the same domain…

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The Dark Side of Virtualization

Over the years I’ve been engaged in several AD disaster recovery scenarios where things ultimately boiled down to the same root cause; a single point of failure had been introduced into the IT environment.  When the single point of failure failed catastrophically – it consequently took down the entire environment with it. With good backups…

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The Legacy of the Past Tense

When working with Microsoft technologies you’ll inevitably come across references to Legacy API’s, Legacy OS’s, etc. Have you ever wondered what that means in technical terms? Well, in technical terms this is just a reference to indicate that a newer piece of whatever API component or OS we’re discussing is available. This introduces the scenario where one day…

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The return of the son of Visio Network Topology Diagrammer

The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer is back in a fresh new release from June 2011, a must-have tool for anyone with an AD infrastructure beyond the basic setup that wants to get a birds-eye view of their AD topology with the click of a button.  Requires Microsoft Office Visio and lots of coffee 🙂…

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The problem with problems…

Let’s say you’re looking at a glaring Red event in your event log that has an ominous ring to it or some monitoring program that screams loudly because some parameter it has defined isn´t being met by tests it is doing. That’s bad, right? The answer is of course, it depends on the context….everything is relative…

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ISA/TMG team in Sweden is hiring

Interested and qualified parties should check out http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/archive/2010/09/15/forefront-tmg-uag-help-wanted-at-microsoft-in-stockholm.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0.

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