AskDS is 12,614,400,000,000,000 shakes old

It’s been four years and 591 posts since AskDS reached critical mass. You’d hope our party would look like this:  But it’s more likely to be: Without you, we’d be another of those sites that glow red hot, go supernova, then collapse into a white dwarf. We really appreciate your comments, questions, and occasional attaboys…. Read more

AskDS is 0.03 Centuries Old Today

Three years ago today the AskDS site published its first post and had its first commenter. In the meantime we’ve created 455 articles and we’re now ranked 6th in all of TechNet’s blogs, behind AskPerf, Office2010, MarkRussinovich, SBS, and HeyScriptingGuy. That’s a pretty amazing group to be lumped in with for traffic, I don’t mind… Read more

So you have a slow logon…? (Part 2)

Bob Drake again and welcome back for the second part of the slow logon series. In this next part I want to dive into some simple troubleshooting techniques to assist you in isolating the cause of your slow logon. Click here for part 1! To dissect where it is slow is not that difficult to… Read more

So you have a slow logon…? (Part 1)

Hi, Bob Drake here again after a short blogging hiatus. I have put this two-part blog post together with hope that it will save you countless hours and a few aspirin when troubleshooting a slow logon. I have had the luxury of working many different slow logon cases and I have to say that these… Read more

Understanding “Read Only Domain Controller” authentication

Hello there. Bob Drake here to discuss how Windows Server 2008 “Read Only Domain Controllers” (RODC’s) authenticate users differently from the way Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 standard domain controllers do. The “Read Only Domain Controller” is new to Windows Server 2008 and allows for the installation of a domain controller to accommodate… Read more

Configuring your PDCE with Alternate Time Sources

Bob Drake from Microsoft again. Often we see situations where the forest root domain PDCE is configured to acquire time from a specified authoritative NTP source but cannot due to issues outside of the local network (IE: DNS, Routing). Typically the first signs of an issue are errors like Event ID 29: “The time provider… Read more

High Accuracy W32time Requirements

Hello there. I’m Bob Drake from Microsoft’s Directory Services Team. Quite often we get inquiries on how to configure networks for high accuracy time needs.  In some cases, customers want the time accurate down to the second.  There are a lot of occasions where high accuracy is imperative (applications in the banking industry, air traffic… Read more