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    What is infrastructure architecture?

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    architecture The fundamental organization of a system embodied in its components, their relationships to each other, and to the environment, and the principles guiding its design and evolution. architect: The person, team, or organization responsible...
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    DSI Core Principles

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    Check out the DSI core principles at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/dsi/dsicore.mspx
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    George awarded MCA

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    I have just been notified that I have sucessfuly passed the architecture board, and I am officially a Microsoft Certified Architect . I have to give many, many thanks to my mentors Lewis Curtis , and Allen Stewart, without whom I would not have made it...
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    Microsoft's secret code revealed!

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    I am often asked by architects to explain “Microsoft’s strategy” on some piece of software. "What is Microsoft’s strategy on Mainframe computing?" "Are you going to move exclusively to Terminal Server?” "Are you going to port Active Directory to Linux...
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    Rights management tension

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    A comment to a recent post to my blog regarding rights management: "Sounds like an innovation your customers don't really want/need. Stronger integrated rights management mainly benefits content owners, and allows the imposition of unreasonable limitations...
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    Will Microsoft Become Facebook for the Enterprise?

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    Great article from CIO on some really innovative social networking work that Wachovia is doing.
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    Warfighting and Architecture

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    In his book Blink, Malcom Galdwell discusses the experience of Paul Van Riper in creating structures for spontaneity. In 2000, Van Riper was given the task of leading the opposition force for a wargame called Millennium Challenge '02. Van Riper’s approach...
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    Secret Code, Part 2

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    The second pillar that Microsoft believes in is the idea of integrated innovation. Integrated innovation means that developments on one part of the platform are leveraged across the rest of the platform. Microsoft spends close to $7 billion on research...
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    Perspective Based Architecture

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    My colleagues, Lewis Curtis , Ryan Plantm and I have been working on an architecture methodology called "Perspective Based Architecture" or the PBA method. The idea is to move to a question based framework that can be employed within any other methodology...
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    Financial Services Webcast series

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    The 3rd Unwrapped for Financial Services Webcast Series for Developers is coming up in September. This series is presented live, and includes both technical and strategic session on Microsoft solutions for Capital Markets, Retail Banking and Insurance...
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    MSDN Financial Services Industry Center

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    Check out the MSDN Financial Services Industry Center, run by Mike Walker. Excellent content! http://msdn.microsoft.com/FinServArch
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    Enterprise Authorization

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    My colleague Curt Devlin has written a great article on enterprise authorization.  This is a really thorny problem that is going to get worse as enterprises become more and more virtual.
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    How long is a piece of string?

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    A raging email thread on one of our internal aliases led me to an old blog entry about self-locking kangaroos . We have the same kind of thing in architecture. I am often asked "What is the best way to..." or its logical corollary "Take a look at this...
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    First post from Live Writer!

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    Now that we have released the Live Witer beta, I'm planning on being much better about keeping my blog up to date.
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    Web 2.0 thoughts from the boss

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    Dan has written a great post on Web 2.0 and why young(er) folks seem to "get" it more easily. I've learned two things: 1) I am old. Thanks, Dan. :) 2) I've often said that technology is much more a reflection of sociology then anything else. That's why...
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    First MCA board

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    I recently got the opportunity to serve on my first MCA board in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to all of the candidates that achieved the certification. One thing that stood out for me....we need to find a way to better prepare candidates. We had several...
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    Death of the Datacenter

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    I've believed for a long time that the "Datacenter" as it exists today is a doomed entity, which needs to become a logical construct rather than a physical construct. Apparently, Forrester agrees . I agree with the first part of the conclusion, that pervasive...
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    Sun to sell Windows

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    I never thought that I would see the day that Microsoft and Sun would have become so close, but Sun is going to sell servers pre-installed with Windows . It's good to see...I've always thought Sun was a great company.
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    Windows PowerShell...

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    ...has relased to the web! Download is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/download.mspx
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    Green Datacenter Initiative

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    One thing that has been on my mind lately...how can folks reduce the amount of power that they are consuming in the datacenter. Very few architects look at power efficiency as a first-class system quality. In my mind, this is something that is going...
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