Cracking the AD FS Token from another AD FS Claims Provider

Hello everyone!  Its about time I dust off the blog and get back to the business of writing some things down that may be useful to you and my customers. But before I start up a new Tangent thought totally unrelated to any of my previous posts, I want to do a shameless plug.  As…


Review, Refresh and Revitalize your Group Policy Skills – Updated for Server 2012

Ever since the first time I went to TechEd….a really, really long time ago, the first presentation that really impressed me for both content and presentation skills was on Group Policies.  As a hint to when this was, Group Policies were just being released!  For about another 10 years after that, I taught Group Policies…

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Upgrading Active Directory W2K3 to W2K8

Keeping in the spirit of my blog title “Tangent Thoughts” this is another Tangent to my recent post “Known Issues for Upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2008R2 from Windows 2003”.  This post has two parts: 1. Everything you ever wanted to know about troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 R2 (First 5 links) and 2.A “Notes from…


Known Issues for Upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2008R2 from Windows 2003

During an Active Directory Upgrade project, I have collected many links and reference articles around upgrading Active Directory from Windows Server 2003 R2 to Windows Server 2008 R2.  Since these types of projects have now been around for awhile, there have been many lists compiled by Microsoft professionals collecting this information.  Therefore, this is only…

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Maneuvering through Metro! Shortcuts to getting around Windows 8

  Here are a few tips and tricks to help you maneuver around the new Windows 8 Metro Interface !    Change can be good, but most of us resist it! Face it; we are creatures of habit.  Once we get used to something, it is sometimes frustrating when our familiar desktop icons and start menu have…

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Windows 8 Direct Access (Beta) Installation – Simple Scenario

DISCLAIMER: These are the features and functions available in the Windows Server 8 “Beta” Preview.  All items are subject to change or removal by Microsoft and are not considered to be final until release of Windows 8. Traditional VPNs require user intervention to initiate a remote connection to an intranet.  In contrast, DirectAccess automatically establishes a bi-directional…

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Comparing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Server Core Roles and Features

There are many links out there that that will tell you what features or what roles you can get on either the full edition of Windows Server 2008 R2, OR on Windows Server 2008 R2 core only.  But what I, and my customer wanted, was a nice list to compare the two side by side! …

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PST Migrations for Exchange Online Services

As I start my next venture, there is a new challenge in town.  How to fully automate the migration of PSTs from Legacy Exchange into Exchange Online Services.  At first glance, this solution is pretty straightforward if you want the user to only perform this as a manual process to import their PSTs into the online…

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Just Getting Started

I am Mark Grimes, a consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services.  I have many interests and a few core competencies.  So how did I come up with the Blog name?  The same way my projects come to me.  Even though I try to focus on a few core competencies, ir also seems to work at a…