Winter Break

Hiya folks, Ned here. It’s that time of year again, where the AskDS team goes on hiatus to play Call of Duty and Skyrim spend time with family and friends. Please save your emails and questions until the second week of January. No one can hear your screams. If you’re still scrambling for last minute… Read more

Slow-Link with Windows 7 and DFS Namespaces

Hey there, Gary here, and it has been a while since there has been a blog post relating to Offline Files and Slow-link. A couple of years ago I wrote a one in relation to Vista and the slow-link mode policy that still applies to Windows 7; here is the link: “Configure slow-link mode” policy… Read more

Effective Troubleshooting

Hi everyone. It’s Mark Renoden here again and today I’ll talk about effective troubleshooting. As I visit various customers, I’m frequently asked how to troubleshoot a certain problem, or how to troubleshoot a specific technology. The interesting thing for me is that these are really questions within a question – how do you effectively troubleshoot?… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Dang, This Year Went Fast Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and comments. This week we talk: AD Garbage Collection behavior Applying Group Policy based on installed roles and features Apple hates .local domains More on auto site coverage from Lurch Fixing the mysteriously bad CPU performance of brand new servers DFSN and NetApp Hyper-V and AD/DFSR/FRS/etc. disk… Read more

More than you ever wanted to know about Remote Desktop Licensing

Hey everyone, David here. Here in support, there are certain types of calls that we love to get – because they’re cool or interesting, and when we figure them out, we feel like we’re making the world a better place. These are the calls that prompt us to write long-winded blog posts with lots of… Read more

Removing DFSR Filters

Hi folks, Ned here again. DFSR administrators usually know about its built-in filtering mechanism. You can configure each filter based on file name and extension; by default, files named like “*.bak, *.tmp, ~*” are filtered, as they are unlikely to be permanent or useful between servers. You can also filter out folders; this is less… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Guest Reply Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we talk: CA migration from 1 to 2 tier ADAM/ADLDS P2V ABC 123 Managing AGPM security filters Multiple IIS App pools and Kerberos AGPM multi-domain comparison ADUC domain password weirdness DFSR deletion conflict handling Stale account deletion ad nauseum AD PowerShell, Get-Acl, and the missing objects that aren’t… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: They Pull Me Back in Edition

Hiya world, Ned is back with your best questions and comments. I’ve been off to teach this fall’s MCM, done Win8 stuff, and generally been slacking keeping busy; sorry for the delay in posting. That means a hefty backlog – get ready to slurp. Today we talk: Weirdness with NETDOM versus NLTEST when returning DCs… Read more

DFS Override Referral Ordering, Messing with the Natural Order

Hi everyone. This is your friendly (debatable) PFE, Mark Renoden again. Today I’m talking about DFS Override Referral Ordering – a seldom-used feature with an interesting benefit. For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll refer to the following Active Directory Site Diagram: For the entire discussion, let’s suppose our client is in the site Spoke-A… Read more

Oh man, I seriously overslept

Hi folks, Ned here again. We haven’t posted anything in weeks here, and I apologize for that; a perfect storm (of busy) happened. I’ll have a mail sack tomorrow and in the meantime, here’s our old pal Mark with a DFSN article that shares a really slick technique. Enjoy. – Ned “excuses excuses” Pyle… Read more