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Author: Dave Bullas

Travel Time

Travel Time

I spent a lot of time in June flying about to customers, prospects, and partners. Much more than usual, in fact, and while there were some cool and not-so-cool places on the itinerary, across the board it was interesting to meet folks in different parts of the world. A big part of my job here at STEALTHbits is to talk to people. Sometimes I’m convincing them how cool our products are, sometimes I’m training them on how to use the…

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Files, Files, Files

Files, Files, Files

It seems like everyone I talk to right now is wondering what in the world they’re going to do about their file problem. I was working with a small hospital group, they’ve merged together 6 or 7 hospitals and they’re looking to acquire more. Their biggest challenge: “Where are all of the sensitive HIPAA files located?” Not “Hey, what about different domain schemas?” or “What applications are they running?” or even “Hey, what kind of hardware am I going to…

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Clean Up Your Room – Uh, I Mean, Directory

Clean Up Your Room – Uh, I Mean, Directory

I don’t make my kids clean their rooms just to facilitate harmonious feng shui. They’re busy tirelessly mining through millions of Legos and, when scooping up all those pieces seems overwhelming or uninteresting, I try to explain why. An organized room is a healthier – and safer – place to play. There’s a clear parallel here with AD: a clean Active Directory is a healthy Active Directory. The health of AD affects the well-being of other applications and systems. For…

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When it Comes to Visibility, Seeing is Believing

When it Comes to Visibility, Seeing is Believing

Everyone knows that you can’t solve the problems you don’t see. Seeing a problem itself doesn’t necessarily solve it, but if we can’t see the problems in the first place, then without our knowledge hidden potential ones can become visible with all kinds of consequences – see “Sony Pictures Inc.”. I was working with a couple of clients at the end of last year and ran into issues that make the same point, although a lot less spectacularly. For the…

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A Deeper Dive into Active Directory Optimization – Part 3

A Deeper Dive into Active Directory Optimization – Part 3

Getting it Clean In my house when the playroom gets to the point where something needs to be done, my wife or I rally the family, we assign tasks, and after grumbling and complaining (not just the kids!) it gets done. Many companies are in the same place – they want to be successful with their new project roll-ups, they want to save costs in time and effort and licensing, and they want to get it cleaned up now before…

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A Deeper Dive into Active Directory Optimization – Part 2

A Deeper Dive into Active Directory Optimization – Part 2

Why Bother? The problem with cleaning up isn’t that we don’t want to do it, we’re just busy. When it’s my basement and my house, the project is contained and has a finite end – when you’re able to finish vacuuming, its pretty much done. I can turn that project around pretty quickly, but even then it needs to be scheduled with all of the other stuff that’s going on in the house that minute, that day, that week. When…

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A Deeper Dive into Active Directory Optimization – Part 1

A Deeper Dive into Active Directory Optimization – Part 1

AD Cleanup – A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place Occasionally, it pays to get some extra husband points, so last week I decided to spend some time downstairs with my kids cleaning up their playroom. My wife and I were both tired of picking our way along the different toys, DVD cases, pillows, and little kid chairs, and somehow it had gotten messy *again* – it was my turn to herd cats and “help” the kids get…

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