Automating Active Directory Certificate Services with Windows PowerShell – Part 1

Hello again, this is Greg Blaum. I am a Program Manager on the Windows Server and System Center CAT team. This is part 1 in a 4 part series on utilizing Windows PowerShell to automate key functionality in Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS). The focus of the series will be on utilizing Active Directory… Read more

Deployment–Using PDT for end-to-end deployment including Active Directory

At the public conferences this year – MMS 2013, TechEd 2013 North America, and TechEd 2013 Europe – I gave a “sneak peak” of the PDT VMCreator doing a full end-to-end deployment of an environment including Active Directory.  By far the most common question I got after each session was “when will that version be… Read more

Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Fabric

Building your Domain, Configuring Hyper-V and getting internet access for your VMs Continuing on from my Introduction post, we’re now going to get our laptops to become the Fabric (compute, network and storage) for our evaluation of Windows Server and System Center. Note: This is NOT best practice deployment advice. This is “notes from the… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator and the Exchange PowerShell Activity

A question came up on an internal distribution list recently about how to create an Exchange Distribution List leveraging Orchestrator.  Well, I did some investigation and in fact collaborated with Charles Joy on this because we were both curious. The setup and configuration is the trickiest part and you’ll have to do some configuration on… Read more

Application Management – Underused Template Settings

This blog post marks the start of a new series on advanced features of Templates in Virtual Machine Manager. Most of the features I’ll be showing are lesser-known and scenario-specific, but I hope they will aid users in accomplishing tasks. In this first post, I’ll be discussing the use of Organization Units when deploying VMs… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks – Part 6 – Name Resolution and Geo-distribution

This is the end, the end, beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend, the end. Did you think this series would never come to an end? It has. This is the last post in our blog series on Active Directory considerations for Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks. In the first part of… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 5 – Domains and GCs

In the first part of this series on Active Directory considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks we talked about Hybrid cloud and how you can leverage hybrid cloud to extend you corporate network. In the second part, we went over some Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks basics so that you had a… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 2)

Hey Readers, so you’ve taken a look at the initial post and are ready for some more information I suppose.  Well if you haven’t seen the previous post, before we dive in, make sure you review on where we started in Part 1 where you can get an idea of the high level goals, some… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 3 – Virtual DCs and AD File Placement

In the first part of this series on Active Directory considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks we took a look at Hybrid IT and how Hybrid IT can solve some important problems in your datacenter. In the second part of the series we took an overview of key Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 2 – Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Basics

In the first part of this series on Active Directory in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, I went over the concept of hybrid cloud and talked about some of the advantages a hybrid cloud could provide you. If you missed that article, check out at Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual… Read more