FSMO roles: If you could only save one, which would it be?

I came across an old post on Brian Puhl’s blog, going over the importance of having certain FSMO roles online, and their impact to the forest.  I like his question of “If you could only seize one, which one and why?” if all the roles were down in a domain.  I am a bit surprised…

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MIIS import resolution for many to one connectors

A common problem I ran into was managing multiple Active Directory accounts for a single identity.  The concept is a user with a unique correlationID (cID) in the enterprise may have more than 1 account.  Some users tend to have accounts for administrative functions, testing accounts for development, or training accounts for a classroom they…

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LDAP Queries are spaced out…

I was looking at a metaverse object in MIIS today noticed some admin had set the mail attribute to a single SPACE ( ) character.  The Metaverse is stored in a SQL server, so naturally the query structure is different than any constraints of LDAP. I wanted to discover how many other user objects had…

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A new messenger arrived today…

I had called my wife on the way home from work today, where she happened to be getting the mail on her way up the driveway.  She said a package was shoved in our mailbox, and asked if I had been expecting anything since it was really jammed in there. Since I had no idea…

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They are blinding me with SDTV!

I knew I wasn’t getting THAT old that my eyes were going bad when I posted complaining about SDTV gaming being a disadvadvantage for gamers. Joystiq is running a story about the woes of Dead Rising for SDTV users. Joystiq can confirm that item descriptions, in-game dialogue, and mission objectives (given via text prompts) are…

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BuyBorrowSteal: Buying Digital Music

The other day while driving with my wife, Stacy, we were discussing the current digital music offerings as compared to those in the past. Since we both came up through the Napster era, it was interesting to look at all the changes since that time period.     I was partial to categorizing the state of the…

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Windows Live Mail *DESKTOP* – The missing link?

So,  the concept of E-mail is not old,  yet it does keep evolving in ways that creep up on you.  I would say this is definately a good thing.   I’ve owned my many domains over the years with various flavors of email server backends for my personal mail.  There have always been various issues…

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What is a Correlation ID and why do you need one?

For the past 2 years I have spent quite alot of my time establishing and evangelizing the concept of a "Correlation ID". Now I did not know it was to be called a correlation ID (cID) and I thank that to the paper by Microsoft’s Markus Vilcinskas, but in essence the concepts were the same….

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Custom List: MIIS/ILM Resources

MIIS Resources MIIStatsMIIS Statistics Module MIIS ExpertsMIIS Experts site and FAQ MIIS User Group (yahoo)MIIS User Group on Yahoo Groups Microsoft Identity and Access ManagementMS Docs on IAM iDM with MIIS – developer.comA good article demonstrating the basics of MIIS

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How many trees are in your IT forest?

I have to wonder, what the average number of domains in an Active Directory forest in most enterprises.  Do many organizations only have 1 domain within their AD forest.  I suppose the question is not solely about AD, but about LDAP directories in general. If directories can have multiple paritions, why do so many apps…

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