Important DFSR Hotfix for Mixed 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2 Environments

Warren here with a quick announcement for those that are running DFSR environments that have Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft has released a hotfix that you should install on your Windows Server 2003 R2 DFSR servers to address a protocol interoperability issue with up-level DFSR servers…. Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Pew Pew Pew Edition

Hello folks, Ned here again. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, mainly due to me being a huge dirtbag. Today I discuss USMT, certificates, service packs, DFSR, and other random goo. Before I get rolling though: Don’t forget to give to the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. They distribute new toys to… Read more

iPad / iPhone Certificate Issuance

Hey all, Rob here again. It’s been a while since I have written a blog post, and this one was too interesting to pass up. I recently worked a case around deploying certificates to Apple iPhones and iPads to secure their network communications. The investigation uncovered that Apple devices can get certificates via the Simple… Read more

Happy 25th Birthday Windows (tomorrow)

On November 20th, 1985 Windows 1.0 launched. It fit on just two double-sided floppy disks and needed 256K of RAM – although you needed 512K if you wanted to actually run more than one program at a time. Within a year it had some incredible new features like postscript printer drivers and MS-DOS 3.2 support!… Read more

Reading LDAP SSL Network Traffic with NetMon 3.4 and NMDecrypt

Hi folks, Ned here again. Today I show you how to decrypt LDAP traffic protected by SSL by using Network Monitor and its handy add-on NetMon Decryption Expert. This is useful when you need to see what an application is asking your domain controllers, especially when that app has lousy logging. Since the traffic is… Read more

New ADFS Content on TechNet Wiki (11/16/2010)

Hello everyone! Adam has published a new round of content for Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to the TechNet Wiki. These articles include troubleshooting information and how-tos to assist you when you are evaluating, implementing, or troubleshooting ADFS. AD FS 2.0 – How to change the Federation Service Name  AD FS 2.0 – How to… Read more

New Directory Services KB Articles

Hi everyone, we have a few new and updated articles from last week that are Directory Services related.  Content ID Title 951581 LDAP queries are executed more slowly than expected in the AD or LDS/ADAM directory service and Event ID 1644 may be logged 933430 Clients cannot make connections if you require client certificates on… Read more

Yeowza, 0x1f4 articles!

And I just noticed that the last post put us to our 500th article. That’s a post every 205,200 seconds! Wait, that doesn’t sound impressive. That’s a post every 2.3 days! OK, not quite Raymond Chen or Keith Combs, but it will have to do. You have kept us going with your comments, questions, and… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: General Lejeune Edition

Hello everybody, Ned here again to share some conversations. This week I talk some SMB security, domain renames, file compression, and DFSR DFSR DFSR! Domain rename registry key orphans and determining if a rename ever happened DFSR compression recommendations for Office 2007+ “Server SPN target name validation level” Clustering DFSR on WIn2003 and Win2008 non-R2… Read more

Think Positive

In this line of work it‘s hard to remain optimistic. You deal with mistakes, bugs, ignorance. You repair more than you create. You often work for those who cannot comprehend what you do. Your most carefully laid plans unravel owing to the incredible complexity of distributed systems. You begin to expect the worst out of… Read more