Archive for October, 2008

Windows Meeting Space…good, bad, ugly?

So, over the years doing teaching I’ve used various tools to project what I’m seeing on my monitor to others.  My favourite tool, back in the days, was Altiris Vision.  Sure, that dates me a few years, but it did what it said on the tin and did it really well.

Well, I have a few public presentations on Thursday and I’ve got the go ahead to use Vista on all machines, which means they will all have Windows Meeting Space.  From what I can see so far, looks like a well rounded offering, but I’ll be back for more and an update later…Watch this space (oh yeah, if you have an Internet connection there is always SharedView, but that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish!)

Until the preseo!

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Happy Birthday iPod

On this day 7 years ago, the iPod was born.  Hard to believe its been that long yet it seems like it’s been around forever.  One thing is for sure, it has definitely changed the way music is listened to as well as the presentation of music in the form of devices.  Oh yeah, it’s shown quite a bit about how to use technology in various ways too (flash memory, skipping, etc.).

Thanks Steve and your boys and happy birthday iPod!

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Tech-Ed USA 2009 to be one week…What about EMEA?

It’s just a few weeks away in EMEA and it’s been announced that next year the American flavour of Tech-Ed will be “recondensed” back to one week, according to feedback from the punters.  Our format is obviously two different weeks, IT Pros and Developers this year, so it will be interesting to see if the EMEA format is reverted back to mirror that of the USA (again based on feedback from attendees) or if we prefer to separate the two weeks/roles out as different tracks/sessions/events.

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Role Based Management 1-7

Along with a summarisation, section 1-7 closes the first Role Based Management focusing heavily on security gotchas and best practice as well as common pitfalls and how to avoid them.  It also goes in to the difference between Domain Local, Global and Universal Groups and the amount of size they take up in AD and why one group is potentially better than another – depending on the scenario…after all, in computing its all about the 1’s and 0’s 🙂

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Role Based Management 1-6

You learn in 1-4 and 1-5 Why ACL’s are important, how they work and why to use Groups to apply permissions in lieu of simple user accounts.  You also learn how to nest these and also some important notes about how many groups a person should be a member of and also limitations at the domain level as well as different types of groups.  Section 1-6 takes these ideas and puts them to practice whowing you how to apply using Groups, ACL’s and nesting in a day-to-day context.

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Microsoft Exam Offer – Take Two Just Got Better

Microsoft have occassionally offered the “Take Two” offer wherein if you take an exam and (unfortunately for whatever reason) fail it, you can take it again – FREE!!  Well, that offer just got better:

Sign up for the “Take Two” offer and if you (again, for whatever reason) fail, you get the second shot free.  However, this time, if you pass (yay!) the first time, you don’t need the second shot, so you get to cash it in for 25% off your next exam booking.  Essentially that is one exam for full price and a second for 75% – or alternatively one exam twice for the price of one.  Good luck!

Runs October 15 – December 31, 2008 and the 25% voucher for those who pass, must be used by February 28, 2009.

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Role Based Management 1-5

The last section goes in to why to use ACL nesting and the benefits from it, this section describes the how-to and also some important notes, like limitations, how many people to nest, when to nest, and just the basic “101” on ACL nesting that was stressed home in section 1-4.

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Role Based Management 1-4

So, straight off in to the deep end with solutions 1, 2, and 3, we finally get to some theory and meat and bones of the book in solution 4.  Solution 4 is a detailed theory based solution which discusses just why it is good to use groups and nesting rather than just a flat heiarchy.  Something that comes natural to those of us who have been around the block a few times, but a bit harder to grasp if you’re not used to it.  A good read.

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Role Based Management 1-3

Solution 1-1 gives you a vb script to enumerate group membership of users and computers.  Solution 1-2 extends that in to an .hta GUI.  This section goes in to using the integration of the first two steps, the vb script and the .hta, and “plugs” it in to Users & Computers MMC (dsa.msc).  It delves in to adsiedit.msc and other scripting how-to’s and shows the extensibility of the basic MMC consoles and just how you can automate and integrate functionality beyond just the basics to make administration just that little bit easier.

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Role Based Management 1-2

After reading the first section 1-1, this section adds to your aresenal and puts the script in to action and displays it in a nice graphical interface as well as talks to you about the basic .hta capabilities and how to use them with your scripts.

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