Dustin Puryear


Dustin Puryear provides expertise in identity management, directory services, and Linux interoperability. He is the author of Best Practices for Managing Linux and UNIX Servers (Windows IT Pro eBooks).

Analyze Network Events with OSSIM Toolset
A network security tool set, OSSIM offers a correlation- and risk-assessment engine that sets it apart from other open-source security solutions.
Upgrading OpenLDAP on CentOS 1
To be able to access all AD data, you’ll need to upgrade from OpenLDAP 2.2 to OpenLDAP 2.3. Here’s how to do it on CentOS 4.3.
Integrate Active Directory and OpenLDAP 3
OpenLDAP’s proxy service can help you integrate Active Directory (AD) and OpenLDAP—to authenticate your AD users in LDAP applications that use OpenLDAP or to provide access to multiple ADs in your network.
A First Look at Windows and Mainframe Interoperability

Data centers continue to see an increase in the mix of mainframes and servers that support operational and line-of-business (LoB) applications. Not only that, but enterprises across the world, particularly Fortune 500 companies, still have a huge investment in legacy code running on mainframes (think CISC and IMS). Because this code may be running on mainframes for a long time to come, systems integrators and application programmers must be able to access those resources, and that requires integration. Simply put, integration with mainframes isn’t optional—it’s a must-have.

Standards and Microsoft Office: Why OOXML Matters

Traditionally, document formats were tethered to the authoring tool. But today information needs to be more fluid. Microsoft has been one company that has taken the initiative to open file formats, designing an interoperable document format named Office Open XML (OOXML). In this article, we discuss why OOXML is important not only to Microsoft, but also to the enterprise.

An Evolution

Talking the Talk: Windows, Linux, and B2B

Conversations about Windows and Linux integration aren’t all that uncommon these days, but typically they revolve around shared network resources and user accounts. However, that’s only a small part of integration: What’s also critical is that enterprise applications across platforms must be able to seamlessly, reliably, and securely communicate. This is an important aspect of integration because enterprises run mission-critical applications and services on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and mainframes. It’s simply not possible for an enterprise IT department to do things “one way”.

Make UNIX and Linux Speak AD

Active Directory (AD) is prevalent in most enterprises today, so it makes a lot of sense to leverage it to support your UNIX and Linux systems (in this article, I use the term “UNIX” to mean any UNIX flavor or Linux). One obvious benefit of this approach is the ability to consolidate your user provisioning and access management to a single directory, rather than trying to individually provision users and access rights for independent Windows, UNIX, and Linux networks. This quickly translates into increased security and reduced cost.

Stop Viruses, Trojan Horses, and Spyware
Combine a reactive signature-based antivirus program and a predictive heuristic filter in a layered approach to keeping malware out.
Stop Email Server Attacks
Hardening your email server, installing an email-filtering network appliance in front of it, or using a managed email-filtering service can help mitigate attacks by spammers and others.
Finding Open-Source Solutions for Linux
Use these two Web sites to start your search for open-source solutions to meet your project and system needs.
Linux Software-Installation Basics
If your IT environment includes Linux systems as well as Windows, you need some basic information about Linux software installation. You'll find it here.
Spam Fighting and Email Security for the 21st Century
Ranging from fighting spam and viruses to stopping Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, email security is a far-reaching effort and set of technologies meant to protect businesses and people from email-borne threats. In this eBook, we'll discuss how to best address email security in companies with 100+ employees.
Best Practices for Managing Linux and UNIX Servers
This eBook will educate system managers on how to best approach the complex realm of Linux and UNIX management and performance monitoring. The book will focus on core issues such as configuration management, accounting, and monitoring performance.
Interoperability Zone Forum
Starting October 26, 2004: Are you managing a mixed environment? Visit the Interoperability Zone forum and explore the challenges of running Windows systems alongside other platforms. Dustin Puryear will lead the discussion.
A Linux Primer for Windows Administrators 4
Managing a Linux system is probably in your future—if it hasn't happened already. Here’s the essential information you need to administer Linux in a Windows environment.
Microsoft Stack Master Class

Master-Level Microsoft Stack Class with John Savill
Online Class: Thursdays Oct. 12th-Dec. 21st
30 Hours of Training for $995!

Understand the complete Microsoft solution stack, how the products work together, and how to implement and maintain for a total datacenter and desktop solution. This course covers the latest technology updates including Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 and will enable the new capabilities to be leveraged in your organization.


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