Friday Mail Sack: Charlotte Edition

Hiya folks, Ned back with a palette-cleansing Mail Sack after this monstrosity. This week we talk about: To customize AD schema or not DC and root hints USMT and the case of the missing apps DFSR and %SYSTEMROOT% More fun with DC Same As Parent domain zone records Speeding up DFSN client failover AD/LDS and… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Beard-Seconds Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again. This week we talk: DC DNS A Records and Web Servers Forwarding Security event log subscriptions Domain password filters Auditing NTLM vs NTLMv2 on Win2003 Programmatically determining if UNC is DFS namespace DFSR and Excel Shared Workbooks DFS, DC, Delegation, and Domain Admins Other nonsense Start the word punching! Question… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Anchors Aweigh Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again. I finally have an editor that allows anchors on all the questions, so I am adding a quasi “table of contents” for these posts that allow easier navigation and linking. I’ll retrofit all the old mail sack articles too… eventually. This week we discuss – eh – let’s have the… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Peevish Nediquette Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. This week I talk about Vista’s hidden AD schema, SYSVOL migration mission control, kick-starting cached logon performance, USMT c’est la vie, foul-mouthed NetBIOS, DFSR do-over, and the usual random goo. What to do with a Version 39 (Vista Beta) AD Schema When to migrate SYSVOL – Win2008 or Win2008 R2… Read more

How to Determine the Minimum Staging Area DFSR Needs for a Replicated Folder

Warren here again. This is a quick reference guide on how to calculate the minimum staging area needed for DFSR to function properly. Values lower than these may cause replication to go slowly or stop altogether. Keep in mind these are minimums only. When considering staging area size, remember this: the bigger the staging area… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: LeBron is not Jordan Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. Today we discuss trusts rules around domain names, attribute uniqueness, the fattest domains we’ve ever seen, USMT data-only migrations, kicking FRS while it’s down, and a few amusing side topics. Scottie, don’t be that way. Go Mavs. Creating trusts between forests with duplicate names Enforcing sAMAccountName uniqueness The biggest domain… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Goat Riding Bambino Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. I’m trying to get back into the swing of having a mail sack every week but they can be pretty time consuming to write (hey, all this wit comes at a price!) so I am experimenting with making them a little shorter. This week we talk AD PowerShell secrets, USMT… 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

Disk Image Backups and Multi-Master Databases (or: how to avoid early retirement)

Hi folks, Ned here again. We published a KB a while back around the dangers of using virtualized snapshots with DFSR: Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) no longer replicates files after restoring a virtualized server’s snapshot Customers have asked me some follow up questions I address today. Not because the KB is missing info (it’s… Read more

DFSN and DFSR-RO interoperability: When Good DFS Roots Go Bad…

Hello, Ken here. Today I want to talk about some behaviors that can occur when using Distributed File System Namespaces (DFSN) along with Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) Read-Only members. The DFSN and DFSR services are independent of each other, and as such have no idea what the other is doing at any given time…. Read more