It's the end of my second week at Huawei, and things are looking good. I've done a LOT of reading, getting up to speed on the non-identity parts of cloud computing, and we've spent some quality time around the whiteboard. I've also booked my first trip to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, which will be my first visit to mainland China (I went to a Liberty Alliance plenary meeting in Hong Kong a few years back).
One news item that caught my eye - Matt Bross (formerly BT's CTO) has joined Huawei. BT has some very smart people, and it looks like Matt is no exception - I'm looking forward to meeting him when he visits the Huawei site in Santa Clara!
Talking of hiring, we're still recruiting for the 'virtual data center' team - see Geoff's blog entry - so, if you're into large scale identity/security, storage, or systems and network management, drop me an email at with your resume, the sooner the better!
I started work this morning at Huawei's Santa Clara office, specifically in the 'Virtual Data Center' team with Geoff Arnold. So far, the best description of what I'll be doing is in Geoff's blog entry - Building a Team.
Just because I can Looks like I have some work to do on the images though :-/
They say that all good things come to an end; today, that's true for both Superpatterns at blogs.sun.com and my nearly ten year tenure at Sun. It's certainly been a wild ride, and I've enjoyed (amost!) every minute of it! My blog will move to blog.superpat.com (If you've been using the FeedBurner feed, there's no need to make any changes) at some point in the next day or so, and I'll be starting a new job on Monday.
I'm setting up the new blog right now (thanks to Arun Gupta for his suggestion of WordPress hosting at GoDaddy), and I'll be blogging on my new gig next week. In the meantime, here's 'Leaving Here' from the mighty Motörhead:
By the way, fellow pedants, it's 'Leaving Here' (with a 'g') - the YouTube caption is wrong. Evidence.
Welcome to my new blog here at blog.superpat.com. I'll be writing more in the next few days.
It's nice to see your RFE's implemented, and that's exactly what happened with OpenSSO issue # 4053: Active Directory configuration should use AD domain name rather than LDAP host/port. I saw Kohsuke's blog entry on More Active Directory integration in Java a little while ago and realized that we could take exactly the same approach in OpenSSO - prompt the admin for the Active Directory domain name rather than a host name and port number.
As Kohsuke mentions, this has a number of advantages - every AD admin knows the domain name, while many would likely have to go look up an individual host name, not to mention the LDAP port number. Since we use the domain name to look up an individual AD controller via DNS, it also means that the admin doesn't need to update OpenSSO's configuration as AD controllers come and go - OpenSSO will always get a valid host name from DNS.
So, when configuring OpenSSO Express 8, you can now just specify the AD domain name. As improvements go, this one is pretty small, but, as I think everyone agrees, the cumulative effect of all these little improvements in OpenSSO over the past two or three years has been HUGE...