Useful Links

Below are several links I have found useful.

Active Directory

Active Directory Maximum Limits – Scalability
Post-Graduate AD Studies (Numerous links to advanced Active Directory topics)
MCM: Core Active Directory Internals (Deep dive into Active Directory structure that helped me understand the databases a bit better)

Test Lab / Self Training While I would really prefer to spend a little money and buy a TechNet subscription which I did for years Microsoft has decided that will no longer be an option. Here are a few poor substitutes for creating a test lab or getting free Microsoft evals.

TechNet Eval Center – Get them while they are current MSFT will remove these when newer version of software come out.
Microsoft has a number of prebuilt scenarios that include a lab manual as well as a block of time to try the new techniques in the cloud. This is also a pretty impressive example of Hyper-V automation.
If you want a more free form lab experience holSystems is the company that hosts Microsoft’s test labs.
Microsoft Virtual Academy provides a number of online training scenarios.

PowerShell

Scripting with Windows PowerShell Technet resources for PowerShell
Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches  by Don Jones – This is the book I always recomend when people ask me for a PowerShell learning recomendation.

Other

Several free Microsoft ebooks
Microsoft Anti-Virus Exclusion List
OWASP Cheat sheets
SANS Cheat sheets
PacketLife Cheat sheets

Quotes

There is no real rhyme or reason to this page. It is just a list of quotes I have seen and liked.

  • I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. -Thomas Jefferson 
  • In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett
  • When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I’m sure it made the work seem that much more urgent. – George Carlin
  • We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. – John W. Gardner
  • An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.  – Billy Sunday
  • Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. – Kurt Vonnegut

Geek Jokes and Trivia

  • A tcp packet walks in to a bar and says “I want a beer”, barman says “you want a beer?” and tcp packet says “yes, a beer”
  • A udp packet walks in to a bar and says “I want a beer”
  • I’d tell you another udp joke but you might not get it.
  • Teredo tunneling is Microsoft’s implementation for IPv6 over IPv4. The Teredo navalis is a species of saltwater clam also known as the naval shipworm that destroy submerged wood.

SANS Cheat sheets

The SANS Institute provides some of the best security training in the industry. Many of their classes include the so called “Cheat Sheets” which are short documents packed with useful commands and information for a specific topic. I have linked as many as I am aware of below.