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

Our UK Windows Directory Services Escalation Team is Hiring – Support Escalation Engineers.

Hi! Its Linda Taylor here again from the Directory Services Escalation team in the UK. In this post, I want to tell you – We are hiring in the UK!! Would you like to join the UK Escalation Team and work on the most technically challenging and interesting Active Directory problems? Do you want to… Read more

Adding shortcuts on desktop using Group Policy Preferences in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Hi All! My name is Saurabh Koshta and I am with the Core Team at Microsoft. Currently I work in the client space so supporting all aspects of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is my primary role. We very often get calls from customers who are evaluating Windows 8/Windows 8.1 for deployment, but are concerned… Read more

An update for ADMT, and a few other things too.

So, we’ve been quiet for a few months, which is extraordinarily embarrassing after I basically told everyone that we were going to not do that. The reality of what we do in support is that sometimes it’s “All Hands on Deck”, which is where we’ve been lately. At any rate, here’s some assorted news, updates,… Read more

Important Announcement: AD FS 2.0 and MS13-066

Update (8/19/13): We have republished MS13-066 with a corrected version of the hotfixes that contributed to this problem.  If you had held off on installing the update, it should be safe to install on all of your ADFS servers now.   The updated security bulletin is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/MS13-066   Thanks everyone for your patience with… Read more

MD5 Signature Hash Deprecation and Your Infrastructure

Hi everyone, David here with a quick announcement. Yesterday, MSRC announced a timeframe for deprecation of built-in support for certificates that use the MD5 signature hash. You can find more information here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2013/08/13/cryptographic-improvements-in-microsoft-windows.aspx Along with this announcement, we’ve released a framework which allows enterprises to test their environment for certificates that might be blocked as part of the upcoming… Read more

DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2 and other goodies, now available on the Filecab blog!

Over at the Filecab blog, AskDS alum and all-around nice guy Ned Pyle has posted the first of several blogs about new features coming your way in Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’re a DFS administrator or just curious, go take a look! Ned promises more posts in the near future, and Filecab is near and… Read more