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

We’re back. Did you miss us?

Hey all, David here.  Now that we’ve broken the silence, we here on the DS team felt that we owed you, dear readers, an explanation of some sort.  Plus, we wanted to talk about the blog itself, some changes happening for us, and what you should hopefully be able to expect moving forward.   So, what… Read more

Important Information about Remote Desktop Licensing and Security Advisory 2718704

Hi folks, Jonathan here. Dave and I wanted to share some important information with you. By now you’ve all been made aware of the Microsoft Security Advisory that was published this past Sunday.  If you are a Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services administrator then we have some information of which you should be aware…. Read more

More than you ever wanted to know about Remote Desktop Licensing

Hey everyone, David here. Here in support, there are certain types of calls that we love to get – because they’re cool or interesting, and when we figure them out, we feel like we’re making the world a better place. These are the calls that prompt us to write long-winded blog posts with lots of… Read more

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

Port Exhaustion and You (or, why the Netstat tool is your friend)

Hi, David here. Today I wanted to talk about something that we see all the time here in Directory Services, but that doesn’t usually get a lot of press. It’s a condition we call port exhaustion, and it’s a problem that will cause TCP and UDP communications with other machines over the network to fail…. Read more

ADMT 3.1 Released

Hi everyone, David here. I just wanted to spread the word that ADMT 3.1 is now available for download. Like all previous versions of ADMT, it’s free to install and use. The big change in this version of the Active Directory Migration Tool is support for migration using Windows Server 2008 domain controllers. Also included… Read more