AD Magic Restore script published on codeplex

Alexandre Augagneur is an AD MVP who recently published a new script called AD Magic Restore. It uses dsamain.exe to expose an AD database file taken from a backup or a snapshot. It compares that database file with your production AD database and let's you restore any attributes. The attribute-level restore sets it apart from…


Windows PowerShell script that helps you to find unregistered subnets by Alexandre Augagneur

DS-MVP Alexandre Augagneur has added a Windows PowerShell script to the TechNet Script Center Repository. This script can help you locate IP v4 subnets that you may want to add as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) sites. The script, called Collect-MissingADSubnets, helps you to review client logon attempts from the domain controllers where no matching…


Auditing Active Directory Subnets

Directory Services MVP Alexandre  Augagneur posted a script for Auditing Active Directory Subnets to the Microsoft Gallery. The script is able to audit IPv4 and IPv6 subnets. Thank you for your community contribution, Alexadre!


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,…


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…