Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

LM and NTLM Authentication in AD Integration

I’ve received some feedback from a reader who alerted me to some sort of interaction between the Local Security Policy on the Windows side and Linux servers authenticating to Active Directory via Kerberos/LDAP/Samba. I haven’t quite been able to get to the root issue yet, but here’s the high level overview.

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Lessons Learned About Exchange Server 2007

I’m in the midst of a non-virtualization-related project right now, which is a bit odd; a great majority of my work these days is centered around virtualization. Nevertheless, I try to view every project as one from which I can learn. I have definitely learned some things with this project, that’s for sure.

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Virtual Mac OS X

I won’t bore you with all the details again, since no doubt by now you’ve probably already seen the news—or perhaps I should say hype—about how the End-User License Agreement (EULA) for Leopard Server (Mac OS X Server 10.5) has changed to apparently allow for virtualization of Mac OS X Server.

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Using scponly on ESX Server

Quite a few organizations implementing VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3) are not organizations with a great deal of non-Windows experience. Given that the Service Console is based upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux, this is often a completely new environment for them that introduces unfamiliar processes and applications.

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Virtualization Security Guidelines

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has released some security benchmarks for VMware ESX Server 3.0.x. The ESX security benchmark joins recommendations and guidelines for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Linux, and Mac OS X that are also available from the CIS. The CIS has also published a generic virtual machine (VM) security benchmark as well. Taken together, the ESX benchmark and the VM benchmark provide good, solid recommendations around virtualization security.

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When an OS is not an OS

I’m not really sure how to respond to this article titled “An OS is an OS is an OS”. The author argues that VMware ESX Server is an operating system; therefore, their (VMware’s) claims about bringing about the end of the OS is a bit hypocritical. My initial (admittedly knee-jerk) reaction was to exclaim, “No it’s not!” and write something to that effect here.

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Apparently, I'm Ahead Too

I used to read Tom Yager’s “Ahead of the Curve” column when InfoWorld was still a print publication. Every month, without fail, as soon as the magazine arrived I turned right to his column. It was one of my primary reasons for reading the magazine, at least in recent years. I think it’s probably safe to say that Yager’s affection for Mac OS X led me to perform an evaluation of my own and, eventually, to switch to Mac OS X myself based on the results of that personal evaluation.

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Hiding Quicksilver Dock Icon

A new version (B52, build 3812) of Quicksilver was released in the last few days, and today I upgraded to the new version. As I have stated here more than a few times, Quicksilver is one of the most useful—if not the most useful—utility I have installed on my MacBook Pro. Yes, it’s that good.

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The Story of a Swing

Have you ever been bitten by the apparent disconnect between the various groups involved in a technical implementation for a customer? A colleague and good friend of mine (thanks, Tim!) shared this with me yesterday, and I found it quite humorous and—unfortunately—all too accurate for many organizations. Have a look; I suspect you’ll find it rather amusing as well:

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Disabling RDP Clipboard Redirection

In the event you need to disable clipboard redirection and can’t (or don’t want to) use Group Policy within Active Directory, there are settings you can add to the default .RDP file for the Remote Desktop Connection client software that will prevent clipboard redirection.

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