A Treatise on Group Policy Troubleshooting–now with GPSVC Log Analysis!

Hi all, David Ani here from Romania. This guide outlines basic steps used to troubleshoot Group Policy application errors using the Group Policy Service Debug logs (gpsvc.log). A basic understanding of the logging discussed here will save time and may prevent you from having to open a support ticket with Microsoft. Let's get started. The… Read more

Migrating your Certification Authority Hashing Algorithm from SHA1 to SHA2

  Hey all, Rob Greene here again. Well it’s been a very long while since I have written anything for the AskDS blog. I’ve been heads down supporting all the new cool technology from Microsoft. I wanted to see if I could head off some cases coming our way with regard to the whole SHA1… Read more

DFSR: Limiting the Number of Imported Replicated Folders when using DB cloning

Hello! Warren here to talk about a very specific scenario involving the new DB cloning feature added to DFSR in Windows Server 2012 R2. The topic is how to limit or control which RFs you import on the import server in a DB cloning scenario. Ned Pyle has already covered in detail the topic of… Read more

Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany. If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters. In this post, I provide a brief overview of ATQ performance counters, how to use them and… Read more

Remove Lingering Objects that cause AD Replication error 8606 and friends

Introducing the Lingering Object Liquidator Hi all, Justin Turner here —it’s been a while since my last update. The goal of this post is to discuss what causes lingering objects and show you how to download, and then use the new GUI-based Lingering Object Liquidator (LOL) tool to remove them. This is a beta version… Read more

Managing the Store app pin to the Taskbar added in the Windows 8.1 Update

Update 9/9/2014 Warren here yet again to update this blog to tell you that the GP to control the Store icon pin has shipped in the August 2014 update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2975719/. If you want to control the Store icon pinned to the taskbar be sure to install the August 2014 update on all the targeted machines…. Read more

Hate to see you go, but it’s time to move on to greener pastures. A farewell to Authorization Manger aka AzMan

Hi all, Jason here. Long time reader, first time blogger. AzMan is Microsoft’s tool to manage authorization to applications based on a user’s role. AzMan has been around since 2003 and has had a good run. Now it’s time to send it out to pasture. If you haven’t seen thisarticle, AzMan has been added to… Read more

It turns out that weird things can happen when you mix Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers

  UPDATE:  The hotfix is now available for this issue!  Get it at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2989971 This hotfix applies to Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers and should prevent the specific problem discussed below from occurring. It’s important to note that the symptoms of users and computers not being able to log on can happen for a… Read more

An Update about the Windows 8.1 Update

Hi everyone, David here.  Today over at the Springboard series blog we announced some important news that applies to anyone who has been trying to roll out the Windows 8.1 update in an enterprise environment.  We don’t usually do announcements about things being covered by other Microsoft blogs, but this one addresses something we’ve gotten… Read more

Options for Managing Go to Desktop or Start after Sign in in Windows 8.1

Hi, David here.  Over the past year we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our customers about the pain of changing from older versions of Windows over to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  While it’s a great OS with a lot of compelling features, it’s a big change – and as any desktop administrator will… Read more