The Poster Man!

Between going to Tech Ed and recovering from Tech Ed (it is New Orleans, after all) I haven’t had a chance to post recently, but I intend to catch up. You meet all kinds of interesting people hanging around the Windows IT Pro booth at Tech Ed. Paul Thurrott and I had just finished a video interview (soon to be posted at,  and we introduced Martin and I (photo by Paul) ourselves to a Microsoft guy that had come up to the booth. His name is Martin McClean, aka – at least now in my head - “The Poster Guy.”

Much to my surprise, these posters weren’t produced by a team of graphic artists toiling away in a dark Redmond basement. No, Martin is the fellow who has single-handedly produced these cool posters we IT pros just love as informative eye candy on our office walls. He did the AD Jigsaw in his spare time while working for Microsoft Services Australia as an AD and identity consultant. The posters have become so popular over the years, it’s become (at least for now) his full time job. The challenge, of course, is printing the darn things out! This is a good time to cozy up to the drafting department to see if you can get time on one of their big plotters.

If you’re a fan of these posters like I am, drop Martin a line and tell him thanks or where you have the poster up!


I managed to score one of the new Hyper-V posters from him. Dang! I just realized I should have had him autograph it!

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tonyso (not verified)
on Jun 17, 2010
If you have trouble printing the posters out, just use the free online deepzoom viewer instead
AlanW (not verified)
on Jun 23, 2010
I second all that has been said here, these posters are simply amazing. The Hyper-V one is my favourite......its just incredible detail.Its hard to believe it all comes from one person. I wish I had been at Tech Ed, I would not mind shaking his hand myself. These things have saved me in some tight troubleshooting situations.
Mason (not verified)
on Jun 19, 2010
Thanks for the posting, these posters are it really one guy that has done all of those? That is seriously impressive. Well done to Martin, great stuff.

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