Passing Microsoft Exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016

There is a good and free way to prepare for Microsoft exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016. In the past years, I conducted webinars that can serve as a primer on Active Directory in terms of forests, domains, trusts, security and on Group Policy. They are not and were never intended as the sole … Continue reading "Passing Microsoft Exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016"

Pictures of VMware VMworld US 2018

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"

Advances in Active Directory since Windows Server 2003

In six months time, on July 14 2015, Microsoft ends the extended support for Windows Server 2003. After 11 years and 6 months (Windows Server 2003 became generally available on May 28th, 2003) the plug is pulled on updates to the product and the support information on TechNet, MSDN and its KnowledgeBase. Running Active Directory on Operating … Continue reading "Advances in Active Directory since Windows Server 2003"

I'll be presenting at Microsoft Sinergija 2014

Last week, I received a message from Microsoft Serbia on an opportunity to speak at its yearly Sinergija event in Belgrade on October 20th and October 21st 2014; An event, a Microsoft subsidiary and a country with an extensive legacy and rich heritage. Readers of my blog in this region will be happy to know … Continue reading "I'll be presenting at Microsoft Sinergija 2014"

Virtualization-safe(r) Active Directory in VMware environments, Part 2

In the first post of this series, I’ve shown how to uncover the VM-GenerationID, the random value that unlocks all that Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Services magic, on VMware’s vSphere and Workstation virtualization solutions. Today, I’m showing you how to interpret this value and how this value might be different between versions of … Continue reading "Virtualization-safe(r) Active Directory in VMware environments, Part 2"

Pictures of the three Dutch IT Camps (The unofficial Hyper-D Farewell Tour)

I’ve had the pleasure of hosting three Microsoft IT Camps in the past three weeks and with them, effectively, organizing the unofficial ‘Hyper-D Farewell Tour’… Hyper-D (Daniel van Soest) and I hosted all three IT Camps, consisting of four half-day Windows Server 2012 R2 Camps and two half-day System Center 2012 R2 Camps, following this … Continue reading "Pictures of the three Dutch IT Camps (The unofficial Hyper-D Farewell Tour)"

Virtualization-safe(r) Active Directory in VMware environments, Part 1

When you check my list with virtualization platforms that support Virtualization-safe(r) Active Directory through the Microsoft backed VM-GenerationID capability, you’ll notice that VMware has been supporting it in their products for a while now: Both VMware Workstation and VMware ESXi support it towards Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2-based Virtual Machines (VMs). Unfortunately, … Continue reading "Virtualization-safe(r) Active Directory in VMware environments, Part 1"

I will be speaking at the 2014 NL VMUG Event

There are many organizations with the ‘VMUG’ initials. I’ve presented sessions to the UK VMUG, which stands for Virtual Machine User Group. In the Netherlands, VMUG stands for VMware User Group. This organization hosts their annual meeting on March 6th, 2014 in Den Bosch and I will be there too, to present a session.      … Continue reading "I will be speaking at the 2014 NL VMUG Event"

Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Feature Requirements

A while ago, I wrote a blogpost on the requirements you’d need to meet to take advantage of Active Directory features in Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2008 R2. Since Windows Server 2012 was released almost a year ago, it’s time to look at the requirements for Active Directory features in Windows Server 2012.

New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 13: Domain Controller Cloning

In the previous blogpost in this series I discussed virtualization-aware Active Directory. With the use of the newly introduced VM-GenerationID, virtual Domain Controllers can now detect when they are reverted back to an earlier state or when their virtual hard disk is reused. Let’s look into the latter scenario a bit. In Windows Server 2008 … Continue reading "New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 13: Domain Controller Cloning"