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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Securing Exchange 2003

A friend of mine that happens to be an Exchange MVP just told me the secret of securing Exchange. Do you want to know?

“Don’t break the seal!”
     - Mark Arnold, February 25, 2006

Friday, February 24, 2006

Mark as arrived...

Landed at Arlanda, went to the bar to get a beer while waiting for M. Arnold. Realized I had nothing to do! So, as the geek I am I pulled up my two laptops and started to work on my next presentation.

Mark finally calls and says that he’s waiting for his bag; I pack up my things and get to the luggage belt, surprise! No Mark, the bloody Englishman had wandered off so I go through the customs and see the cabbie with a big sign “M. Arnold” and there were only about 7 people outside but no Mark.
I call him and he’s nearby, mind that the cabbie is the first thing you see after customs, but NO Mark didn’t see him and walked passed him…

We’re off to a good start….. ;)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Advanced AD Troubleshooting and Theory

As I said in an earlier blog, my troubleshooting course is available at Cornerstone. I have changed the name to Advanced AD Troubleshooting and Theory. Please notice the course code T640 if you want to attend.

This weekend Mark is in Sweden!

This weekend Mark is coming to my place in Uppsala! Carola has planned his activities and I’m not sure what is going to happen other than I had to go get some good champagne and wine and book a table at Mancini. That was all she trusted me to do!
Well, to be honest she knows us far too well and she has seen us goofing around in Amsterdam and London with her own eyes already. But in our defense, in Amsterdam we had Gianluca, Olaf, Steve and Daniel (last name left out to save the innocent) in the same apartment and in London we spent the time (not the same apartment) with Nick, Oli and Steve… Yeah, if you know which ones I’m talking about you know how the rest went. ;)

Well, it is always good to have one of your best friends visiting and it will be fun and hopefully relaxed. As I said, I have only one plan and that is to take him to the best restaurant in Stockholm, after that Carola is in charge.

Ok, I know I haven't been updating...

Ok, I know it was month ago since I last updated this blog, to be honest I haven’t had much time. Since the last post I’ve worked about 17 hours on average almost 7 days a week and as many of you know, that never goes well since the Enterprise Admin in my house also want to spend time with me (still)…

What have I been up to you might ask, well first of all I’ve spent most of my time in Finland on a project for HP as a subcontractor. We are doing a company split and it is more work than I signed up for… But it is a challenge; sometimes fun and sometimes not. You all know how it is, some good and some bad as always in a project this size.

If that was not enough I also do a seminar series for Cornerstone called ExpertZone. This time the main theme is Active Directory & MIIS where I present two sessions, Active Directory Future and Active Directory Troubleshooting. First session is about the original idea with Active Directory and what lies ahead for the future (well, at least what I can say without breaking NDA) and the second one I don’t think I have to explain… ;)
We’ve been I Stockholm last week, next week is in Gothenburg and then I think we are going to Sundsvall…?

I just visit the website for Exchange Forum here in Sweden, I’m going to speak about how to use Monad to administrate Exchange 12, and realized a lot of my friends are also speaking there! I’m already looking forward to it!

Besides this I had 4 days where I was in Sandviken and trained their global Active Directory team in troubleshooting, obviously my own course tweaked to suit their needs. Sandvik is an interesting company with all the challenges you need as an Active Directory admin, it is kind of big and if memory serves they have a presence in 131 countries. They were a lot of fun and we had a good time, last day we did more like an Q&A with a lot of people outside their Active Directory team.

Well, now I’m back at Hilton in Helsinki sitting by the open fire in the bar and just relaxing…