Managing Local Backups with Windows Server Backup

One of the strategies I often employ when deploying Active Directory (AD) for customers is to use the local Windows Server Backup (WSB, previously NTBackup) tool to make system state backups on the local machine. I’ll also often place backups on neighboring Domain Controllers (DCs) to provide for redundancy if there is a failure. This strategy ensures that a backup is available in the same site and it also removes the dependency on an external backup team. Many third party backup applications can backup a file share without needing to install an agent on the server as well which is … Continue reading Managing Local Backups with Windows Server Backup

Save 50% on Active Directory, 4th Ed E-Book and Help Japan – Tues 3/22 Only!

Starting at 12:01 AM Pacific (GMT –7), O’Reilly will be offering the eBook version of my book, Active Directory, 4th Edition at 50% off. What’s more is they’ll be donating nearly all of the revenue to the Japanese Red Cross Society. If you don’t already own a copy, this is a great opportunity to get an easily searchable (and portable) DRM free version of my book. Here’s the page to order from. The full text of the O’Reilly announcement: O’Reilly, No Starch Press, and Tidbits will donate all revenues, less author royalties, from "Deal of the Day" sales to the … Continue reading Save 50% on Active Directory, 4th Ed E-Book and Help Japan – Tues 3/22 Only!

Managing the Spice Cabinet with Word and Excel

Cooking is one of my things to do when I’m home and have the time. As a result I’ve got a pretty good selection of spice jars in one of the cabinets in my kitchen. I’ve had a spreadsheet of all the spices I have for a while now which I keep posted inside the cabinet door. This is useful for figuring out if I need to get something or if I have an extra when I run out of something. Unfortunately the problem this doesn’t solve is actually finding the jar in the cabinet. I’ve got everything lined up … Continue reading Managing the Spice Cabinet with Word and Excel