ILM "2" Beta 3 is now available for download

ILM "2" Beta 3 has recently been posted for download on the connect website. This beta release is a major milestone in the release roadmap for the product and contains most of the features of the product that a lot of people have been waiting to get a play with. Crucially, you can download a…

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Microsoft's Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 3: ILM "2"

Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” builds on Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 to provide solutions for management of users, credentials, access, and policies that automate identity lifecycle tasks and balance the load between IT professionals, developers, and information workers. IT will be able to put controls in place that will enable them to securely delegate management of…

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Microsoft's Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 2: ILM 2007

This is the second post in this series. In the first one I talked about Microsoft’s philosophy and vision for Identity Management. In this post I’ll look at our current offering, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 brings together metadirectory, certificate management, and user provisioning across Windows and enterprise systems into a single…

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Deploying Windows Server 2008 Read-Only domain controllers in your existing environment

One of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Services is the Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC). A read-only domain controller (RODC) is a new type of domain controller in the Windows Server 2008 operating system. The Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) is primarily targeted toward branch offices or edge sites. RODC doesn’t store…

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Beta 2 for Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" now available

Many of you have no doubt heard of and some of you will have worked with Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003, otherwise known as MIIS 2003. In 2007 MIIS 2003 became incorporated into a new product offering, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, which combined the Identity Integration capabilities of the product with Certificate Lifecycle Management, giving…

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Getting Smart with Logon Scripts

I’m sure anyone who administers an Active Directory infrastructure will have had some experience working with logon scripts. Logon scripts can either be deployed on a user by user basis or, more commonly, through Group Policy. Logon scripts can be written in the scripting language of your choice, but my preference is to use vbscript…

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Virtual labs now available for Windows Server 2008

Virtual labs for Windows Server 2008 are now available on the TechNet Site. These labs are a great way to get to grips with some of the new technology that’s coming. They can be accessed via the following links: Managing Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista using Group Policy Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Server Manager…

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Using AD and Exchange as a routing and re-branding solution

Recently one of my customers came to me with a requirement that looked pretty daunting. Basically they had 14 separate e-mail infrastructures, not all of them Microsoft Exchange, and what they wanted to do was to re-brand incoming and outgoing e-mail to use 4 new SMTP address formats – essentially setting up 4 new organisations…

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ADAM: A powerful and flexible directory solution

Many of you will no doubt be aware that Microsoft released Active Directory Application Mode, otherwise known as ADAM, along with the release of Windows Server 2003 R2. ADAM is essentially an LDAP directory service specifically designed for directory enabled applications. It can be used when you want to provide an LDAP directory service for…

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