I’ll be in sunny Las Vegas Henderson, NV next week for TEC. I’ve got sessions I’m doing this year and hope to see some of you there:
- Networking for AD Pros [Tuesday, 2:45PM – 4:00PM] – We’re going to do a few things in this hour. I’ve got some useful but sometimes obscure replication topology constructs I’m going to talk about and then we’re going to take those plus the basics and apply them to some complex network topologies. One of the challenges I often see working with large customers is the communication disconnect between the networks team and the AD folks. My goal is to show some examples and introduce some concepts to help bridge that gap. Finally, I’ve got a bunch of replication related tips and tricks demos that should be a fun way to wrap things up.
- Scripting DC Deployments [Monday, 1:00PM – 2:15PM] – I’ve worked on a few projects now where I’ve had to roll out a large number of DCs for new domains/forests, hardware refreshes, OS upgrades, etc. Each time I’ve come up with a semi to fully automated process to do this that’s been adopted not only for the project but as an ongoing DC build process during steady state operations (e.g. for day-to-day tasks like a new DC, rebuilding a DC, etc). We’ll look at some of the techniques for doing this, lessons learned over these projects, and perhaps some fun war stories as well. Note: If you’re interested in this topic, attending TEC, and have something specific you’d like to hear about in this space, let me know ASAP – this session is shall we say, early in the development process.
- Hardcore Windows Troubleshooting [Tuesday, 9:45AM – 11:00AM] – This is going to be fun. In many organizations I’ve worked, AD and Exchange folks are often the top of the food chain for Wintel support. I’ve put together about half a dozen scenarios that I’ll use to demonstrate some tried and tested troubleshooting methodologies. Many of these scenarios are extremely frequent Wintel problems that are often frequent PSS calls. My goal is have folks leave armed to tackle these problems themselves. This talk is going to be mostly demos – I’ve got demo code to use for troubleshooting as well as data from actual customer issues to troubleshoot live.
Books – Have you got a copy of Active Directory, 4th Ed? If you bring it along and find me, I’ll sign it. Joe also will if you track him down. I don’t have any give-away copies this year. The book industry is one of the many sectors being hit pretty hard by the economy. If you don’t have a copy, find Joe Richards, Laura Hunter, or myself and we’ve got 30% off bookmarks for Active Directory, 4th Edition as well as the Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition. If you do have a copy, still track us down and you can have a bookmark (or two or three) anyway. We’ve collectively got tons of them.
I should be at the hotel by about 1 on Sunday and will be around until Wednesday afternoon. Look forward to seeing you there!