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 … Continue reading "Replication considerations for Domain Controllers running on VMware vSphere"
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 … Continue reading "Managing Active Directory Time Synchronization on VMware vSphere"
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 … Continue reading "Sizing Domain Controllers correctly on VMware vSphere"
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 … Continue reading "Why virtualize Domain Controllers?"
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 … Continue reading "I’m a 2019 VMware vExpert"
Last week, I presented at VMware’s VMworld Europe 2018. After a last-minute day of work for a customer on Monday, I flew into Barcelona El Prat (BCN) airport via Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. As usual, KLM and Air France were extremely nice to me with some leg space on both flights and good … Continue reading "Pictures of VMware VMworld Europe 2018"
After the rave reviews on our sessions at VMware’s VMworld US 2018 event, I’m happy to announce that I have been invited by VMware to also present at VMworld Europe 2018 in Barcelona. This time, I will share the stage for a 60-minute break-out session with Deji Akomolafe, Staff Solutions Architect at VMware. About … Continue reading "I’m speaking at VMware VMworld Europe 2018"
In August, Matt Liebowitz and I presented a 60-minute breakout session during VMware’s VMworld US 2018 event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our presentation and demos were recorded. Both the stage, the slides and the screen of the demo machine were captured by the VMworld organization. If you were unable … Continue reading "The video for 'Virtualizing Active Directory the Right Way' from VMware's VMworld 2018 US event is now available"
Last week, I delivered three sessions at VMware’s VMworld US 2018 event in Las Vegas. As I was scheduled to present a full-day workshop on Sunday August 26th, I decided to fly in on Friday, so I’d have the entire Saturday to cope with the jetlag that accompanies crossing 9 time zones. My inbound flight … Continue reading "Pictures of VMware VMworld US 2018"
I’m proud to announce that I have been invited by VMware to present at VMworld US 2018 in Las Vegas, where we’ll celebrate VMware’s 20th birthday with 20,000+ attendees. I have been asked to host a workshop on virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services with Deji Akomolafe, and present a 60-minute break-out session with Matt Liebowitz. … Continue reading "I’m speaking at VMware VMworld US 2018"