Lab Exercises on Microsoft CLM / ILM / FIM
At the Directory Experts Conference (DEC) held in the Chicago Hilton during March 2008, I was the instructor leading a five hour training session - on a Sunday!  About 100 delegates performed a series of lab exercises I designed.  The tasks related to various Certificate Lifecycle Manager (CLM) use cases, including smart card PIN unblock, certificate renewal and certificate retirement.  The videos shown below were a "how to" for the delegates to refer to once the training exercises were completed.  The videos are based around the integration of CLM, Active Directory (AD) and AD Certificate Services - the first one was entitled ​"Help Desk Assisted Smart Card PIN Unblock with CLM".

Click to launch the presentation in YouTube directly if you are using a mobile platform.  A PDF of the slide deck can be downloaded by clicking on this link.


​Send-up for an Ex-Colleague
I played a part in a spoof on a good friend and ex-colleague in December 2017 - his name was Stan.  Type Sstan by accident on an iPhone and it auto-corrects to Satan!  Stan was about to leave his current employers, Oxford Computer Group (OCG), who I had previously worked for.  I'm the guy who entered the door left of shot (with ENG on my T-shirt)

Click to launch the above video in YouTube directly if you are using a mobile platform.

There are subsequent training videos for certificate renewal and certificate retirement.  ​I put together a narrative (PDF) to assist delegates with the three lab exercises, which can be viewed by clicking here.  Furthermore, I made videos for assisting folk with configuring various CLM settings and permissions: notes one and two.


Demonstration of AD Emergency Password Reset
While working for OCG, I produced a video as part of a "how to" handover for EDF Energy in April 2008, demonstrating an Active Directory emergency password reset capability which I had designed and implemented.  The video below relates to setting up emergency password Q & A's for Windows logon.

Click to launch the presentation in YouTube directly if you are using a mobile platform

The context was that Stan was leaving OCG and the directors were panicking about who could possibly replace him... then I happened to step in!
​  Read a little more about the send up by clicking here.  The time period was four months after I'd returned to professional employment following a two year gap as a consequence of my TBI.  Stan was my nickname for Darren, who you'll hear mentioned by the other participants.



I made several videos during the covid-19 lockdown period in 2020, what can be seen below reflects my genuine appreciation of each service I was involved with.

Presentations and Videos 

This page contains a variety of presentations I gave, and videos delivered to customers... and more.

PKI Training Presentation
​I gave a technical presentation entitled "Strong Authentication Using PKI" for Microsoft at TechEd EMEA in Barcelona during October 2008.  The presentation's content addresses algorithms, key lengths, certificate validity periods, CRL lifetimes and publication, availability / DR considerations, protecting private key material with HSMs, Active Directory integration and smart card management - to name just a few areas!  The presentations were referenced by subject matter and difficulty, mine was IDA402.  The subject matter was IDentity & Access management, the difficulty value was based upon the following four levels: 100 (Foundation), 200 (Intermediate), 300 (Advanced), 400 (Expert).

Click to launch the video in YouTube directly if you are using a mobile platform.  There are also subsequent YouTube videos for a connected SOS and a disconnected SOS.


Various Bits and Pieces
Click on this
link to see a video demonstrating the use of CLM & PKI for Encrypting File System (EFS) purposes:

  • Enrolment
  • Usage
  • Disaster Strikes
  • Recovery
  • Audit

Click on this
link to see a video demonstrating the use of CLM & PKI for smart card use cases:

  • Enrolment
  • PIN Unblock
  • Renewal

Click on this link to see a video showing configuration of CLM & PKI extensions for setting up emergency passwords:

  • Enrolment and Emergency Password Creation
  • Smart Card Logon
  • Emergency Password Use​