FIM 2010 Self-Service Password Reset ActiveX Misconfiguration Issues

This post is about some of the errors you may find when setting up SSPR with Forefront Identity Manager 2010. The main resource to setup SSPR is the guide found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee534892(v=WS.10).aspx. Although the guide is very complete and detailed step-by-step, there are a few issues you may find if you misconfigure  the Add-Ins and…

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Enabling Safe Mode in Windows 8 Developer Preview

Just a quick post to describe how to enable Safe Mode in Windows 8 Developer Preview. If you are reading this post, probably you have already tried to boot in Safe Mode for whatever reason using classic F8 key during WIndows boot, to discover that Windows Recovery Environment (with Metro style ) is what you…

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Office 365 Directory Synchronization Tidbits, Part 2: More about Filtering

In this post I will comment a little bit more on object filtering. As you probably know, Microsoft does not support any modifications in the out of the box configuration of Office 365 Synchronization Tool. There is a good reason for that, including that incorrect changes may trash your online services, including data loss. And…

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Office 365 Directory Synchronization Tidbits, Part 1

In this post I will try to cover some details that may help to understand how Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Tool (MOSDST) works when it synchronizes on-premises Active Directory with Office 365. MOSDST is nothing else than a custom solution built on top of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, but for non-ILM people it…

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Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 CEP

In june 2011 the Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 CEP program is launched. CEP stands for Community Evaluation Program at Microsoft Connect. As explained on the landing page: “The Community Evaluation Program from the Management and Security team at Microsoft provides IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their…

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Analyzing a Crash Dump, aka BSOD

Today I have to face a weird behavior in my laptop since a few of days ago. It only happens that when the computer goes to sleep, that is, stand-by, either by my request or due to lack of battery, the screen goes blank but seemed to never finish the sleep process. I say “seemed”…

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Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Ramp Up

At my job role, I have being asked several times about what resources I would recommend to technical consultants that want to start with Identity Management solutions. Fortunately we at Microsoft  have a recommended training roadmap created for internal staff that – again fortunately – uses lots of public resources. While I cannot share here…

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Playing with Windows Phone 7 as USB Storage

Disclaimer: Procedures here are fully unsupported. Use at your own risk. Today I will post about my experiences trying to use Windows Phone 7 as a USB storage device. These “hacks” are already covered at many places and forums dedicated to Zune and Zune HD devices, but not for WP7. As long as I experienced…

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Internet Explorer Protected Mode Elevation Policy and Administrative Templates

Overview: You probably have run through the following popup when using Internet Explorer add-ons and extensions: In this example, I clicked a link in an Internet web page that pointed to an XPS file. This prompt is due to the fact that Internet Explorer is running in Protected Mode, and tries to open an application…

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Dual Boot Hyper-V VHD

This is a note to myself and others about how I added a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VHD as dual boot over an existing Windows 7 installation. Before start, generate a new partition at the end of the Windows 7 partition, using diskmgmt.msc console. You can do this by shrinking the existing Windows 7 volume…

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