Download the original Active Directory Branch Office Deployment Guide

During the great Windows Server 2003 content purge on TechNet in the summer of 2016 a lot of valuable documentation was lost. Part of it was recovered in the infamously huge PDF download with 2003 support content, and other content was ported to the new documentation site on, but the rest was just gone….


Check your DNS for WINS lookup — then get rid of it

It is surprisingly often that I encounter customers who have a WINS dependency in an odd place: in DNS itself. Since the early days of AD the DNS service had a feature that was intended specifically to help with migrations from NT4 domains to Active Directory. This feature called WINS Lookup is enabled on a…