DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2 and other goodies, now available on the Filecab blog!

Over at the Filecab blog, AskDS alum and all-around nice guy Ned Pyle has posted the first of several blogs about new features coming your way in Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’re a DFS administrator or just curious, go take a look! Ned promises more posts in the near future, and Filecab is near and… Read more

So long and thanks for all the fish

My time is up. It’s been eight years since a friend suggested I join him on a contract at Microsoft Support (thanks Pete). Eight years since I sat sweating in an interview with Steve Taylor, trying desperately to recall the KDC’s listening port (his hint: “German anti-tank gun”). Eight years since I joined 35 new… Read more

Monthly Mail Sack: I Hope Your Data Plan is Paid Up Edition

Hi all, Ned here again with that thing we call love. Blog! I mean blog. I have a ton to talk about now that I have moved to the monthly format, and I recommend you switch to WIFI if you’re on your phone. This round I answer your questions on: Reattaching DCs in Windows Server… Read more

Let the Blogging begin…

Hello AskDS Readers. Mike here again. If you notice, Ned posted one of our first Windows Server 2012 RTM blogs a while back (Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012). Yes friends, the gag order has been lifted and we are allowed to spout mountains of technical goodness about Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8…. Read more

Windows Server 2012 GA

Hey folks, Ned here again to tell you what you probably already know: Windows Server 2012 is now generally available: Understand the vision Visit the launch page and learn what’s new Download the trial Go deeper in TechNet Visit the full family of Microsoft Windows Server blogs I don’t often recommend “vision” posts, but Satya… Read more

Monthly Mail Sack: Yes, I Finally Admit It Edition

Heya folks, Ned here again. Rather than continue the lie that this series comes out every Friday like it once did, I am taking the corporate approach and rebranding the mail sack. Maybe we’ll have the occasional Collector’s Edition versions. This week month, I answer your questions on: The semi-myth of Kerberos time skew Finding… Read more

AD Replication Status Tool is Live

Hey all, Ned here with some new troubleshooting tool love, courtesy of the ADREPLSTATUS team at Microsoft. I’ll let them do the talking: The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) is now LIVE and available for download at the Microsoft Download Center. ADREPLSTATUS helps administrators identify, prioritize and resolve Active Directory replication errors on a… Read more

Detaining Docs with DAC

Hey all, Ned here again with a quick advert: Robert Deluca from our Partner and Customer team just published a blog post on Dynamic Access Control. He walks through the configuration of “document quarantine” to protect sensitive data on file shares and automatically clean up files that violate storage policies. We’ve seen a lot of… Read more

Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012

Hi all, Ned here again to talk further about managing your RID pool. By default, a domain has capacity for roughly one billion security principals, such as users, security groups, managed service accounts, and computers. If you run out, you can’t create any more. There aren’t any domains with that many active objects, of course,… Read more