How to Back Up and Restore NTFS and Share Permissions

Note that this content has also been added to the TechNet Wiki to allow for community editing.  From time to time we are asked how to backup and restore NTFS file system permissions as well as network share permissions. KB article 125996 talks about the network share piece of it, but it does not talk… Read more

New Directory Services KB Articles 11/16-11/23

New KB articles related to Directory Services for the week of 11/16-11/23. 957556 Repair options that you can use to recover if you accidentally make an incorrect Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) member authoritative in a Windows Server 2003 R2 environment 957441 Client connections return a “STATUS_INVALID_PARAM” error code when you use a “Send NTLMv2… Read more

ADFS: SAML Tokens and Validation Issues when Federated with TFIM

Hi all. This is Sean again and it’s ADFS blog time! Today I’m going to touch on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) tokens, and an issue we’ve run into when federating with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM). I’ll discuss what a SAML token is, why it’s important, and what happens when TFIM tries to validate… Read more

Top AskDS Blog Posts

We’ve been at this for over a year (since August 2007), with more than 100 posts (127 to be exact), so maybe we can indulge in a little metablogging to look back on what we’ve done. First let’s look at the posts that sparked the most conversation – because that is what blogging is all… Read more

Directory Services and more, from Madrid

Ned here again. I recently spent a week with Microsoft Support Engineers from all over the world, and bumped into a colleague that works in MS Spain, out of Madrid. She mentioned that they had a Spanish-language blog focused on Directory Services, networking, and other Windows Platform topics. For all of our Spanish-speaking readers, I highly… Read more

New Directory Services KB Articles 11/9-11/16

New KB articles related to Directory Services for the week of 11/9-11/16. 958802 List of currently available hotfixes for Distributed File System (DFS) technologies in Windows Server 2003 R2 960050 EFS may not be enabled expectedly after you disable a policy and this policy turn off the EFS feature 911832 A Windows Server 2003-based terminal… Read more

Follow up on lag sites… sort of.

Ned here again. We recently had a very lively discussion about ‘Lag Sites’ as a disaster recovery option. If you’ve been digging around the MS Download Center, you may have already come across Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2.  After some digging, you’ll come across: Improvements in Active Directory Domain Services The Active Directory Domain… Read more

Using Network Monitor 3 to Troubleshoot a Domain Join Failure Caused by a Black Hole Router

This is Randy again with an interesting case that I had recently. We were having problems trying to join certain workstations to the domain. We would see that every workstation in one site would join successfully and all the workstations in another site would fail with an error indicating that we could not locate a… Read more