Friday Mail Sack: Best Post This Year Edition

Hi folks, Ned here and welcoming you to 2012 with a new Friday Mail Sack. Catching up from our holiday hiatus, today we talk about: Disabling Administrative Shares Making Get-ADDomainController useful’er Kerberos group bloat USMT moving profiles back from other disks The DFSR service and backups AGPM and “out of band” built-in policy changes USMT… Read more

Cluster and Stale Computer Accounts

Hi, Mike here again. Today, I want to write about a common administrative task that can lead to disaster: removing stale computer accounts from Active Directory. Removing stale computer accounts is simply good hygiene– it’s the brushing and flossing of Active Directory. Like tartar, computer accounts have the tendency to build up until they become… Read more

The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.

Hi folks, Ned here again. Despite the reputation for cutting edge technology, a lot of IT departments can get stuck in the now or worse, the past. Since it’s a new year, a new economy, and winter is coming to a close, here are some articles you should find interesting if you are looking to… Read more

Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 5: Reinstall and Upgrade)

Hello folks, Ned here again. Previously I explained how swapping out existing storage can be a method to migrate an existing DFSR environment to new hardware or operating system. Now in this final article I will discuss how reinstallation or an in-place upgrade can be used to deploy a later version of DFSR. Naturally this… Read more

Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 4: Disk Swap)

Hello folks, Ned here again. Previously I covered how to use an N+1 server placement method to migrate an existing DFSR environment to new hardware or operating system. Now I will show you how to replace servers in an existing Replication Group using the disk swap method. Make sure you review the first three blog… Read more

Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 3: N+1 Method)

Hello readers, Ned here again. In the previous two blog posts I discussed planning for DFSR server replacements and how to ensure you are properly pre-seeding data. Now I will show how to replace servers in an existing Replication Group using the N+1 Method to minimize interruption. Make sure you review the first two blog… Read more

Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 2: Pre-seeding)

Ned here again. Previously I discussed options for performing a hardware or OS replacement within an existing DFSR Replication Group. As part of that process you may end up seeding a new server’s disk with data from an existing server. Pre-seeded files exactly match the copies on an upstream server, so that when initial non-authoritative… Read more

Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 1: Planning)

Hello folks, Ned here again to kick off a new five-part series on DFSR. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the warming of economies, and the timing of hardware leases, we have started seeing more questions around replacing servers within existing DFSR Replication Groups. Through the series I will discuss the various options… Read more

File Services Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 – Beta now open

Hi all, Ned here again. We’ve gotten word that the SCOM 2007 management pack for file services has reached beta and is available to the public on our Connect site. Here’s the info: Overview The File Services Team is proud to announce the beta release of our File Services Management Pack for System Center Operations… Read more

Clustered Certification Authority maintenance tasks

Hi all Rob Greene here again. I thought I would share with you how to do some common tasks with a Windows Server 2008 clustered Certification Authority (CA). When the CA is clustered there are definitely different steps that need to be taken when you: Make a change to the behavior of the CA by… Read more