Active Directory Maximum Limits and Scalability topic updated

The Active Directory Maximum Limits and Scalability topic has been recently updated to reflect improvements in Windows Server 2012 to the number of RIDs that can be allocated over the lifetime of a domain. Another update was made to the section about maximum number of objects to reflect garbage collection batch size, which is 5000….


Looking in vain for our Active Directory content? Try our new vanity URLs off Microsoft.com for "quick access" to AD TechCenter home pages

“All my love’s in vain.” – “Love in Vain”, Robert Johnson (1911-1938) Hey folks, We know if you read this blog you love to find answers to all your Active Directory questions in our documentation on Microsoft.com. But before you can do that, you have to be able find it. As many of you know,…


Adprep in Windows Server 2012

We recently published TechNet topics about Adprep.exefor Windows Server 2012. Adprep has many changes for this release: Adprep runs automatically as needed as part ofAD DS installation. For example, if you are installing AD DS on a serverthat runs Windows Server 2012 in a forest where all existing domain controllersrun a previous version of Windows Server,…


After installing the AD DS server role on Windows Server 2012, where is the option to configure the DC?

Some users have run into this problem in Windows Server 2012 when they try to install a domain controller using Server Manager. They start the Add Server Roles Wizard in Server Manager and run through the steps to install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and when they get to this page, they click Close….


Active Directory Replication over Firewalls posted on TechNet Wiki

A couple years back, we posted on TechNet Wiki an older article that was originally published on the TechNet Library by Steve Riley, when he worked at Microsoft. The article is Active Directory Replication over Firewalls. Since publishing it on TechNet Wiki, this article has been updated many times by different members of the community. The…


Guidelines and Tutorials for installing Active Directory on Windows Azure Virtual Network

We want to make people aware of guidelines we have published for installing Active Directory on Windows Azure Virtual Network at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj156090.aspx. This topic covers the differences between installing AD on Windows Azure versus a traditional AD deployment on premises. For example, you should not set a static IP address on the VM that you…

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Updated Active Directory capacity planning guidance published

We recently published Capacity Planning for Active Directory Domain Services. This is a a detailed and comprehensive set of guidelines to help optimize computing resources for DCs, including considerations for virtual environments. It’s by Ken Brumfield, a Senior field engineer here at Microsoft, based on his extensive experience and research. This has been a frequently requested…