Archive for August, 2010

Administering AD like Houdini

Podcast August 27th, 2010

So, really I am not Houdini. Over the last several weeks I have been dealing with having almost all the little power I had to AD be taken away.

Right now, I can view objects and, add users to groups.

I used to be able to manage user passwords, login scripts, home directories, and basic description fields. But only in a division specific container. All this was manageable but left me unable to take advantage of large portions of AD.

So why did I , really my peers and I get our  limited privileges taken way.  Apparently we failed an audit. Someone was turning on disabled accounts without documenting this action. Not sure if this means intentionally disabled accounts by corporate? or accounts that I disabled and then re-enabled? Accounts that were locked out from failed password attempts?

Maybe you can see the issue already? “communication” It is hard to follow rules that are not clearly defined.

Also, they want us to log reasons for these actions. No one has ever trained me how to record reasons for these actions.

Over the years I have trained myself how to discover these types of things. I also, assume many things. Like if there is a method available to the end user to call a service center to re-enable disabled accounts. I have them use this method, kinda. There are times and places when a 9-5 Monday – Friday service center does not work for an event based business that has a large percentage of events on the weekend. Sometimes I am certain I have bent the rules as I felt was necessary.

I will quit with my rant.

I will find a way to exist within these new walls and try to minimize the impact it has on my responsiveness to the field . [=]

Why you might ask?

Because, there are a lot of advantages we have gained from a centrally managed authentication structure that is tided in with the employee payroll system. A good deal of automation has occurred that helps in regards to removing employees who are no longer with the company. It is also nice to have a centrally managed environment as I have employees that work at multiple sites.

MOR 137 – iMac Fail!

Podcast August 26th, 2010

Recorded: August 26, 2010
Your Host: Keith Albright
Show Length: 26:10

Reminder: I’ll be appearing on a special edition of the Mike Tech Show this Saturday, August 28th at 10AM. Go to the Mike Tech Show on UStream.tv to view it live.

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MOR 136 – Me Talky Lots

Podcast August 12th, 2010

Recorded: August 12, 2010
Your Host: Keith Albright
Show Length: 40:15

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PXE boot no small task

Podcast August 12th, 2010

I guess if I wanted to use the Microsoft product. Or if I could I might not be looking for an alternate solution. I have very limit access to active directory.

So I found an open source project 

that looks promising.

All I want is a way to pxe boot at a remote site for emergency services. I don’t want the application to run unless I start it.

May be it’d easier than I think. What’s UP IT Doc’s?

Just an Observation

Podcast August 7th, 2010

So, I was sitting having lunch at work the other day. The chef got a call from the general manager he in turn asked the warehouse manager a question. The warehouse manager used a database application to answer the question. Does any one see a problem with this? If technology is there to make peoples lives easier how is that a simple question required 3 people to become involved?

We need someone that can develop software that is stupid proof or is it just the human condition?

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