RESTOREDFSR.VBS Version 3 now available

Hello folks, Ned here again. The infamous restoredfsr.vbs has now been rewritten (thanks for the prodding MLatCC) and it fixes some bad design limits of the older versions that were caused by time constraints and apathy. For those of you have not had the “pleasure” of restoredfsr.vbs: Download: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/restoredfsr Update 6/12/14 Well that gallery is… Read more

Get-DFSRBacklog PowerShell Script Available

Hi folks. Our buddy Steve Grinker has posted an excellent sample PowerShell script for retrieving DFSR backlogs over the MS Code Gallery site: Get-DFSRBacklog http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/GetDFSRBacklog It uses WMI to retrieve DFSR Replication Groups, Replicated Folders, Connections, and servers, then calculates all of their backlog information. All with a simple command-line and no need to shell… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Cluedo Edition

Hello there folks, it’s Ned. I’ve been out of pocket for a few weeks and I am moving to a new role here, plus Scott and Jonathan are busy as #$%#^& too, so that all adds up to the blog suffering a bit and the mail sack being pushed a few times. Never fear, we’re… Read more

New Directory Services Content 9/19-9/25

Hi everyone.  We have a few new KB articles that came out last week, and a few blog posts of interest. KB Articles Article ID Title 2384558 Inheritance of ownership in Group Policy Management Console does not work as expected 2018583 Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 domain join displays error “Changing the Primary… Read more

AD LDS Schema Files Demystified

Hi, Russell here. When installing Active Directory Lightweight Domain Services (AD LDS) instances, it is quite possible to paint oneself into a corner rather quickly. That’s because LDS comes with minimal schema definitions. To truly make LDS useful to your applications, one must have an understanding of how best to take advantage of the included… Read more

New Directory Services related content 9/12–9/18

KB Articles Article ID Title 2021766 Windows Server 2008 R2 Outbound trusts with Windows NT 4.0 domains do not validate or function correctly 2002584 Unable to select DNS Server role when adding a domain controller into an existing Active Directory domain 2028835 Windows 7 RSAT: Multiple tabs are missing when viewing user properties in Active… Read more

New ADFS Content on TechNet Wiki

Adam Conkle has published some great troubleshooting, tips and tricks and how to articles on TechNet that should help you in evaluating and implementing Active Directory Federation Services. AD FS – How to invoke a WS-Federation sign-out AD FS 2.0 – “An unexpected error has occurred” error or blank page displayed attempting to log on… Read more

Hear hear

Kip Ng gives the sometimes unpopular but ultimately best advice: IT Operations: The Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Be Unique OpsVault is a newish blog by PFE’s talking about operational best practices; some of it is pretty common sense, some not so much. They raise topics that are worth some lively discussion (I sometimes… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Barbados Edition

Hello world, Ned here again. I’m back to write this week’s mail sack – just in time to be gone for the next two weeks on vacation and work travel. In the meantime Jonathan and Scott will be running the show, so be sure to spam the heck out of them with whatever tickles you…. Read more

New Directory Services Content 9/5-9/11

Only one new KB article of interest this week: 2157973 The Security event that has Event ID 4625 does not contain the user account name on a computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2 And the only blogs to note are Ned’s series on Replacing DFSR… Read more