What Documentation?

I’m crazy about documentation. More than that, I’d call my self a “Documentation Guy”. Not only do I go through extra steps to document all technical and process decisions for the systems I control but I also hound the people on my team for documentation that in a round-a-bout way impacts my space. Why am I like this? A couple of reasons, some are selfish and others are not. Let me explain. Good documentation is a crucial piece of a solid IT organization. I didn’t always believe this and would be the guy saying “Who’s going to read that?” Problem … Continue reading What Documentation?

Process vs. People

I heard an interesting phrase today when talking to some consultants about SMS infrastructures they had worked on.  “In company A they didn’t really have that large of a staff so we focused more on making sure the SMS infrastructure was rock solide, whereas in company B they had so many Administrators worldwide that process had to be a heavy focus more than company A just because you need to make sure that everyone is following propper procedures”. This statement really holds true for a couple of reasons.  Start with the smaller company.  Usually its hard getting resources dedicated to … Continue reading Process vs. People

What is up with KB870669 and SMS?

So by now you know about the stop-gap effort by Microsoft to disable ADODB.Stream while they are making a patch to actually fix the update (yes, a patch is on the way and this isn’t private information as the press release is here). What I want to know is what team made this Hotfix installer? There has been so much effort over the past year by all teams within Microsoft to have standards with Hotfixes and this one follows none. The registry logging isn’t even in traditional places to track if the Hotfix has been applied which is really lousy … Continue reading What is up with KB870669 and SMS?