ADC Lessons Learned the Hard Way

What happens when a federation, each with its own domain, separated by firewalls within a single forest, attempts to implement the Active Directory Connector in a federated fashion?  The perception was that this deployment model would be more secure, because each department could control their instance of the ADC and firewalls could be left in…


ADMT, User Profiles With Unusual Requests

I was approached with a rather unusual request.  My customer has two Active Directory domains: DOMA and DOMB.  The workstations would remain in DOMA, but the users and associated mailboxes would reside in (or be moved to) DOMB.  In addition, they needed to convert user profiles so that when the user logs into DOMB, they…


Understanding Your Exchange Users’ Requirements

How well do you understand the needs and requirements of your end users?  Everytime I ask this, I get the same response: “Fully.”  When I ask about conducting an email survey, it usually falls in deaf ears, because IT folks feel it is a waste of time to survey people on topics they already know everything about.  I asked a…


Changing User CNs

After an upgrade or migration to Active Directory, many customers find themselves with “garbage” or “baggage” from the old environment that is inconsistent with newly created objects.  For example, an existing user might have the following DN: CN=smithJ,OU=Managed Users,DC=MyDomain,DC=gov but newly created users might have a full name populated in their DN: CN=John Smith,OU=Managed Users,DC=MyDomain,DC=govCN=Smith\,…


Getting Started with Compute Cluster Server

If you’re an infrastructure person, you’ll likely be involved in the coming months or years with one of Microsoft’s newest offerings on the Windows Server platform.  The Compute Cluster Edition (CCE) of Windows is a new version of Windows Server 2003.  The CCE is a special version of Windows, like the Web Server Edition, that…


Exchange SLA Scorecard Woes

“Always read the release notes.” That’s all fine and dandy when the release notes are clear about what is and what will never be.  The release notes for the Exchange 2003 SLA Scorecard for MOM 2005 Reporting Services state that SQL Server 2000 with SP3 or later is required.  In fact the exact text (taken…


ADC Design for the Federation

Sometimes, the rules are complicated enough that it’s easier just to break them; just ask anyone who’s applied for a remodel permit.  The same can be said about ADC Deployment in a federated environment.  The ADC was designed, for an organization of 77,000 objects to be deployed on 1-2 servers to service the entire organization. …