AD turns 17 this year. That’s a long darn time for a directory service, and you might wonder how much life it’s got left in it. Oh, I don’t mean as in, “Windows Server 2018 is going to eliminate AD!!!!” No. Whatever happens with AD will be an evolution, not a revolution. And I’m not even sure Microsoft has a firm marching plan on this – I think they’re kind of playing it by ear.
But it’s fun to look at what they’re doing, and guess where they might go next.
My co-authors and I are offering $10 off each of our Agile-published #PowerShell books:
And best off, it’s $35 off the bundle of ’em all! This sale lasts to Feb 21st 2017, so don’t delay – and tell a colleague!
As you all know by now (I hope), Microsoft’s Azure Stack, the “run some of the Azure Portal on-prem and use it to manage in-cloud and on-prem resources” solution, is only available as, essentially, an appliance. You have to buy it from OEMs like Dell or HP, and it comes preinstalled on select hardware. It’s a sealed OS – you can’t install your own drivers, your own management agents, and so on. You can’t even really mess with it’s patch application schedule.
This is a new approach for Microsoft. It isn’t going to be the last time they do it.
Ever invest money? Like, even a 401(k) or something? What’s the first piece of advice you’re usually given by investment people?
The idea in finance is that, if one part of your portfolio sucks at the moment, you kind of want it balanced with something that doesn’t suck. So you invest a bit in domestic, a bit in international. A bit in stocks, a bit in bonds. That kind of thing.
Investing solely in one kind of thing creates what’s called a homogeneous portfolio, and it’s typically a bad idea. The same applies to your career.
Check out the “ITTRANSFORM”-tagged sessions at the IT Transformation conference website. This is an event that I’m helping to content-manage, in conjunction with the event’s organizer and Pluralsight. I’ve often been asked if my annual DevOps Camp will be a larger thing, and this is about as close as I think I’m able to come.
The news is presently filled with POTUS’ Executive Stuff – and news outlets are using important terms incorrectly and interchangeably. Here’s the correct breakdown.
Friday, POTUS announced that he’d be ordering the rollback of Dodd-Frank and other regulatory laws. Congress should be deeply pissed, and more than a little scared.
We recently tried Plated.com. Don’t get me wrong; Chris cooks like a pro, but sometimes you want some variety, and sometimes you just need a meal that doesn’t require a lot of brainpower to put together. Like, in case I have to do it.
Orin Thomas recently told me that the average IT Pro, in the Microsoft world, is 43 years old. Makes some sense; younger kids tend to be attracted to younger companies, and younger companies are largely deploying Linux for their big dot-com-startup projects (which is why Microsoft ❤️ Linux all of a sudden). So there are fewer young people getting into Microsoft-centric IT Ops.
And so we’re having a midlife career crisis.