Friday Mail Sack: Mothers day pfffft… when is son’s day?

Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been a little while since the last sack, but I have a good excuse: I just finished writing a poop ton of Windows Server 2012 depth training that our support folks around the world will use to make your lives easier (someday). If I ever open MS Word again… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: It’s a Dog’s Life Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again with some possibly interesting, occasionally entertaining, and always unsolicited Friday mail sack. This week we talk some: DNS partition absence Controlling DCDIAG event messaging Inventorying SYSVOL replication architecture Weird WMI DFSR volume paths Tightening up your inactive user account queries More logon banner info Smart card logons working “too well“… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: “Who am I kidding, more like Monthly” Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again with another tri-weekly Friday Mail Sack. This time we talk service auditing, trust creation, certificates and USMT, SYSVOL migration with RODCs, DFS stuff, RPC and firewalls, virtualization, and the zombie corpse of FRS. Shoot it in the head! Trusts prompting for credentials too soon DFS Namespace and anti-virus performance Blocking… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: I Have No Idea What to Call This Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here with a slightly late Mail Sack coming your way. Today we discuss reading event logs, PowerShell, FSMO, DFSR, DFSN, GCs, virtualization, RDC, LDAP queries, DPM, SYSVOL migration, and Netmon. Do it. LogParser and Win2008 R2 security event logs DFS virtualization support Cross-forest trusts and the Infrastructure Master DFSR file rename and… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: The Year 3000 Edition

Hello all, Ned here again. Today we talk DCDIAG, DFSN, DFSR, group policy, user profiles, migrations, USMT, and the fuuuuuuturrrrrrrrre. DCDIAG failing RPCSS test Disabling DFS targets via command-line RSOP.MSC errors on Win7 The future of AD MIGAPP.XML compatibility between USMT 3.01 and 4.0 Mixing DFSR versions between OSes Profile conversion from workgroup to domain joined… Read more

Series Wrap-up and Downloads – Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS

Hey all, Ned here again. Here is the complete set of DFSR upgrade and migration docs: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 1: Planning) Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 2: Pre-seeding) Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 3: N+1 Method) Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 4: Disk Swap) Replacing… 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