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

A test case for troubleshooting group policy application – Event ID 1085 and 7016

Craig here again. Let’s take a look at a specific flavor of 1085 event, and its equivalent on Vista/2008, event 7016. The 1085 would show up in the Application log on XP/2003. The 7016 would show up in the Group Policy operational log on Vista/2008 (Event Viewer\Applications and Services Logs\Microsoft\Windows\Group Policy\Operational). Event Type: Error Event… Read more

Directory Services Debug Logging Primer

Craig here. In Directory Services we support a whole bunch of components which each have their own debug logging. A while back I pulled together all the information from various KB and TechNet articles and distilled it into a concise list of how logging is enabled for each component we support. I cleaned it up… Read more

New KB articles December 22-28

Hi, Craig here. We are going to be posting the new KB articles that relate to Directory Services. Here are the ones published between Dec. 22-28. For the most part the articles will be for components that our group supports, but we’ll also throw in ones that are related to networking, administration, or troubleshooting. KB… Read more

Which KB articles resolve the most Directory Services issues?

Hi, Craig here. It can be frustrating to call support only to have your issue resolved by an article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Sometimes you are just happy to get the problem solved, but most people prefer to solve something themselves and avoid calling support. So it may be interesting to know which KB… Read more