Midnight Musings of a Technical TAM

Providing technical information and guidance for Microsoft customers

New Technical Blog

It's been several months since I moved out of the TAM role into my present role as Support...

Author: srachui Date: 09/03/2014

Final Blog Post...

For everyone who has been following this blog in past months and years (though I'm not sure it's...

Author: srachui Date: 10/24/2013

Useful Administrator Resource - Microsoft Reliability Workbooks

Today I learned about a resource available for administrators of many of Microsoft's most popular...

Author: srachui Date: 05/14/2013

Windows Server 2012 Self-Study Guide (The Fundamentals)

As I start this blog entry, it's been nearly 8 months since I created my last self-study guide. For...

Author: srachui Date: 04/06/2013

Lync 2010 Self-Study Guide

I have received numerous requests for a self-study guide focused on Lync, so in this post I've...

Author: srachui Date: 08/04/2012

Microsoft Project 2010 Self-Study Guide

Though it's taken a while for me to get to it, as promised I am focusing this post on self-study...

Author: srachui Date: 07/24/2012

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Self-Study Guide

I had not initially planned on this being my next self-study guide, but a request from my someone on...

Author: srachui Date: 07/18/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Complete Edition)

As promised, now that I've finished producing the 7-part series on self-study items for the System...

Author: srachui Date: 07/08/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 7 - Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager)

Finally, after much time and many installments, we finally come to the last two components that make...

Author: srachui Date: 07/03/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 6 - Orchestrator and Service Manager)

In this post, we're turning to two more components of System Center 2012, Orchestrator and Service...

Author: srachui Date: 06/28/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 5 - Operations Manager)

In part 5 of this series, we finally arrive at Operations Manager. Operations Manager got its start...

Author: srachui Date: 06/19/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 4 - Data Protection Manager and Endpoint Protection)

In part 4 of this series, I turn to Data Protection Manager and I revisit Endpoint Protection. For...

Author: srachui Date: 06/12/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 3 - System Center Configuration Manager)

With part-3 of this series, I finally turn to one of the most important products of the System...

Author: srachui Date: 06/08/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 2 - Advisor and App Controller)

In part one of this series, I began by listing some study material for System Center 2012 in...

Author: srachui Date: 06/07/2012

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 1 - System Center Overview)

I have received multiple requests for a study guide related to the newest versions of System Center...

Author: srachui Date: 06/06/2012

Forefront Endpoint Protection Self-Study Guide

This study guide is for those who wish to become familiar with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint...

Author: srachui Date: 06/04/2012

Windows PowerShell Self-Study Guide

This time, I've put together a list of resources for those interested in Microsoft's PowerShell...

Author: srachui Date: 06/04/2012

SharePoint 2010 Self-Study Guide

Recently, I started creating some self-study guides to help my customers who are interested in...

Author: srachui Date: 06/04/2012

Several months ago, one of my customers came to me with a concern. It seems that certain of his...

Author: srachui Date: 02/27/2012

Group Policy Basics - Part 3: How Clients Process GPOs

So now that we've investigated the structure of a GPO and looked at how clients know which GPOs to...

Author: srachui Date: 02/22/2012

Group Policy Basics - Part 2: Understanding Which GPOs to Apply

In the previous post, I talked about the structure of a GPO. Now, I'll turn to the question of what...

Author: srachui Date: 02/15/2012

Group Policy Basics - Part 1: Understanding the Structure of a Group Policy Object

As a Windows administrator, you almost certainly have used Group Policies to control the settings...

Author: srachui Date: 02/13/2012

Identifying Attributes That Are Members of the Partial Attribute Set in Active Directory

In my earlier post, I showed how to add an attribute to the Partial Attribute Set in Active...

Author: srachui Date: 02/10/2012

Global Catalogs and the Partial Attribute Set

Recently, while working with a customer who was trying to understand why a Global Catalog query...

Author: srachui Date: 02/10/2012