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Book Review: IDM Tokens: A definitive guide to NetIQ’s IDM tokens



By: ab

September 11, 2013 11:34 am

Reads: 795

Disclaimer to the reader: I have known Geoffrey for many years, have recently started working with him more-closely, and consider him a friend. As a result, it is possible that this is a biased review; still, I am trying to be objective in the information shared. Take it or leave it as you see fit.

“IDM Tokens: A definitive guide to NetIQ’s IDM tokens” (hereafter, “IDM Tokens”) is a book that fills in gaps left by every manufacturer of software that ever existed…

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What’s new in NetIQ Operations Center 5.0 Patch Bundle 6 (PB6)?

Karen Nemzek

By: Karen Nemzek

September 10, 2013 10:58 am

Reads: 276

NetIQ Operations Center 5.0 Patch Bundle 6 (PB6) contains several new features, as well as fixes to critical, customer identified issues. There are two new features that allow you to navigate with ease when using the Layout portlet… While you can already change the context of this portlet by drilling into a service or clicking …

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Rights, Inherited Rights, and Standards Support – A story of troubleshooting Cisco application support with eDirectory



By: ab

August 27, 2013 11:11 am

Reads: 303

Today I had the pleasure of working through an application problem with somebody via e-mail. LDAP is a standards-based method for querying directories like eDirectory, OpenLDAP, etc. and generally does a great job of making that possible. Applications that need to get user information from a directory should do so via LDAP, and systems that …

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Universal Password Performance Impact by Excluded Passwords



By: ab

July 10, 2013 5:34 pm

Reads: 468

Over the years the question has come up a few times on the performance impact of excluded passwords defined by a password policy.  If an administrator adds, for example, a few dozen excluded passwords (company name, abbreviations, commonly-used passwords, etc.) then how much will each password change be slowed-down resulting in a poor user experience or need for more hardware?

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Cloud Discussion: Data Privacy, Availability and Performance on Huff Post Live

mhudnall

By: mhudnall

August 29, 2012 3:58 pm

Reads: 335

I had the fantastic opportunity to participate in a live Cloud discussion: Get off my Cloud:  Floating the Risks of Big Data Storage on Huff Post Live during their inaugural week of going live with streaming news and discussions leveraging Google+ Hangouts to bring in live guests.

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Olympics, Twitter, iTV – What is Common? HA – High Availability!

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By: mhudnall

July 27, 2012 1:09 pm

Reads: 247

I couldn’t resist this opportunity to discuss high availability, speed to root cause, speed to restoration, security and mission critical services. We sit on the eve of the largest single sporting event that comes around only every 4 years and the recent headlines are, “Twitter Down 2012:  Service Out for Users Throughout the World”. I scratched my head wondering how this would look on the London skyline, literally as the London Eye conveys the Sentiment with Twitter as the gauge of status with color and intensity for all to see?

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IT Transformation – Who Does Gartner Show Winning in the $3.6T IT Business?

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By: mhudnall

July 20, 2012 12:51 pm

Reads: 315

IT Transformation is and has been a hot topic for >20 years. Wow!

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Exciting IT Times: News from Gartner IOM and NetIQ Customers

mhudnall

By: mhudnall

July 20, 2012 12:39 pm

Reads: 255

Just back from the Gartner IOM conference and recharged with all the IT Transformation talk that is underfoot and success our NetIQ customers experience with our solutions every day.

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Who’s to Blame When the Cloud Runs Out of Power?

mhudnall

By: mhudnall

July 12, 2012 10:43 am

Reads: 272

I live in the Washington, DC metro area, specifically the 51st state – Northern VA or better known as NoVA. Fortunately, I was not affected by the storms and power outages of a couple weeks ago. However, Amazon and their Ashburn data center once again. Once again, many of us social media users found the pain of the outage.

How many outages will occur before plans are put together for better monitoring and DR? One way to look at it is this is their business and livelihood, so DR should be relevant. Another is that many of us use these sites during times of destruction to communicate with the rest of the world, not just for fun or business.

As a marketer and business person, I find it interesting none of these folks have found it a competitive advantage to have the best plan and be alive when their competition is down. However, many are blaming Amazon and leaving for another provider, another provider does not solve the challenge.

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Communicating Service Performance – Beware of the Competition

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By: mhudnall

July 7, 2012 8:16 pm

Reads: 201

We’ve discussed service management and the transformation that IT is undergoing with the catalysts being the cloud, service providers, SaaS, social media, collaboration, mobility, BYOD, etc. The root catalyst is choice and options in the market and the competition speaks in terms of service value and service performance. I posted a question in LinkedIn regarding how much of your services are in the cloud today and expected to be next year? Join the discussion. The first answer was as I expected, a law firm that isn’t in the cloud and isn’t going there because of security concerns. I responded as I bet they use services that are internet based, research likely, and thus they are in the cloud. Just like a recent customer discussed having hundreds of apps in the cloud that now need to be reconciled, rationalized and managed for cost. How did they get this point? Easy, credit card subscriptions – cheap and easy to do business with.

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