Keeping servers clean and updated seems to be the most important thing for systems administrators these days. A Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation comes without most of the easily targeted components but can not easily kept up to date.
To server core or not to server core seems like a valid question. Especially when deciding to install Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Domain Controllers. With the advent of Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Beta 3 we can finally take a deep dive into installing Server Core Domain Controllers.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has a new trick up its sleeve in combination with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Windows Mobile 6: Exchange AutoDiscover Service. You can use this feature with your Domain Naming System (DNS) implementation, but this feature is even more functional when used in conjunction with Active Directory. (Just like everything you use in your daily life…)
Many IT people I know require their users to come up with complex passwords and require them to change them often. I guess this gives them a sense of security. It's actually not as secure as they think. Even after implementing a good (Microsoft ISA Server) firewall, implementing IPSec on your network, running NAP or NAC there are … Continue reading "Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")"
With Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 comes a new security model to publish your servers to the Internet: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 boxes configured with the Edge Transport Server Role. This new model replaces the current Front-End / Back-end model.
After preparing your Active Directory you're ready to install Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 to bring the new Microsoft Exchange features to your enterprise environment. There are however a few things you need to take into account when you plan Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Roles in your Active Directory.
It's not easy to look objectively to the differences between Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell's eDirectory. It's even harder to choose between them for your identity and security infrastructure needs, when your customer wants you to look at them objectively, especially when most of the information is sales material. From a sales position it's good to … Continue reading "Active Directory and eDirectory"
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is bound to shake up the Active Directory world as we know it. After my first post on the soon to come Exchange Server and the Active Directory I've been playing around for 2 months with it and attended a couple of seminars on the subject. Now we know that there probably won't … Continue reading "Exchange Server 2007 and the Active Directory, Part 2"
I’ve been looking at Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 today and the way it interoperates with the Active Directory. It won’t come as a surprise to see that Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 still relies on the Active Directory as its directory service (like Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003) but there … Continue reading "Exchange Server 2007 and the Active Directory, Part 1"