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Replication considerations for Domain Controllers running on VMware vSphere

Written on August 13, 2019 at 11:56 AM, by

Active Directory utilizes a multi-master replication model. It’s great that each Domain Controller provides read and write access to the Active Directory database, but it comes with a big drawback: Domain Controllers need to be in sync to provide consistent data to clients, independent of the Domain Controller communicated to. A big question to ask […]

Managing Active Directory Time Synchronization on VMware vSphere

Written on July 18, 2019 at 2:20 PM, by

One of the hardest things to get right with virtual Domain Controllers is the time hierarchy in Active Directory. Recommended practices from Microsoft have been all over the place, but seem to have solidified in the last years, but the question remains: How do I manage Active Directory Time Synchronization on VMware vSphere? This is […]

Sizing Domain Controllers correctly on VMware vSphere

Written on July 11, 2019 at 2:20 PM, by

In the first part of this series, we discussed why we want to virtualize Domain Controllers. The first question people ask is: How do I properly size Domain Controllers on my virtualization platform? Specifically, for VMware vSphere, this is a good question, because there are a couple of areas of attention, beyond the recommended practices […]

Why virtualize Domain Controllers?

Written on July 9, 2019 at 10:03 AM, by

One of the questions I get asked a lot is: Why virtualize Domain Controllers? So, in this blogpost, I’m showing you reasons why virtualization for Domain Controllers and Active Directory is a good idea. I also know there are a lot of caveats when virtualization Domain Controllers, so this blogpost serves as a small part […]

13 Years Better Left Unspoken

Written on June 21, 2019 at 7:40 AM, by

This weekend marks 13 years of me sharing my thoughts, knowledge and experiences on this blog, titled The Things That Are Better Left Unspoken. Thirteen years ago, in June, 2006, I posted the first blog post here. That’s as many years as there are stripes in the US flag. Today, almost 1000 posts, several whitepapers […]

I’m a 2019 VMware vExpert

Written on March 7, 2019 at 9:07 PM, by

I’m proud to announce I am a 2019 VMware vExpert. Deji Akomolafe’s invitation to join the stage with him for VMworld early last year sparked my interest in VMware’s product. After presenting several sessions at both 2018 VMworld events with Matt Liebowitz and Deji, I walked away with much more knowledge of how Active Directory […]