MIM PAM 2016 SP1 Installation and Admin Role Separation

Now that SP1 of MIM 2016 is out, I’ve been tasked to install and configure it. Simple, I thought. I’ve done this before. No Problem. No problem? What was I thinking? I want to install this application in a secure fashion – utilizing an environment that was built on the philosophy of administrative role separation and…


VM File Format: VHD or VHDX?

Many people out there, including myself, were excited about the new innovations a few years back with ReFS, the "Resilient File System" introduced with Windows Server 2012, and the VHDX file format for VM disks. See my previous post about these two things here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/notesfromthefield/archive/2012/08/03/new-windows-server-2012-storage-spaces.aspx Now that I've been using these formats for a few…


Microsoft Identity Manager

It’s now official: Microsoft Identity Manager 2016, the replacement for FIM, is now released to the public. See the official announcement here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2015/08/06/microsoft-identity-manager-2016-is-now-ga.aspx Also, a shout out to my friends over at The Connector Space for putting some posts up about the upgrade process from FIM to MIM.


Great New FIM Blog

A couple of my colleagues have taken it upon themselves to share their knowledge and experience using Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) in the real world. I've had the privilege of working with them wherever I could and being able to contribute to a small part of the knowledge on the site. Their new site is appropriately called…


Fun With Office 365

I’m experimenting now with Office 365. I rather like it. But, let me back up a bit. A while ago, as an exercise in educating myself on Exchange, I began playing around with configuring my own email server at the house so that I could both learn Exchange and have a better place to house…


Storage Spaces Expansion

After my last foray into creating a new Storage Space, I converted my file server’s data partition to a storage space with parity using the original 2 1.5TB drives plus a new 2TB drive. (I obtained this drive as a way to expand my space since I was running low and this was the only…


More On Storage Spaces and ReFS

Since my last post below, I have had quite some time to work with Storage Spaces and ReFS along side of more traditional hardware RAID. I’ve gotten some good perspective on the technology now after having used it and the “old stuff” side by side through good and bad things. In the defense of good,…


New Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

It seems that when you begin using Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces and new disks, you get to play with the underlying fabric of reality. Well, that’s what it seems like. Blank disks are called “Primordial” in this console. I find it very funny, but appropriate as well. For, rising out of the primordial hard-drive…


Windows 8 Released

Today, a news bulletin has been release announcing the release of Windows 8. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx This is exciting news, of course. But, I haven’t used 8 much yet. I don’t have a touch capable device to take full advantage of the new style interface. That will change, of course. I’m definitely going to get on the…


Declarative Provisioning in FIM and DN Values

Now that my customers are beginning to move forward with FIM 2010 implementations away from ILM 2007, I’ve begun to dig more deeply into configurations for “real life” scenarios and attempt to apply some of the lessons I’ve learned from my training in “ILM v2” (yes, it was that long ago when I took the…