Intermittent Mail Sack: Must Remember to Write 2013 Edition

Hi all, Jonathan here again with the latest edition of the Intermittent Mail Sack. We’ve had some great questions over the last few weeks so I’ve got a lot of material to cover. This sack, we answer questions on: Issues upgrading DFSR hub servers to Windows Server 2012 AD FS Sign-out behavior Dynamic Access Control… 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

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

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

Dynamic Access Control and ISV Goodness

Hey all, Ned here with a quickie: Robert Paige just published an interesting read on Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control over at the Windows Server blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wincat/archive/2012/07/20/diving-deeper-into-windows-server-2012-dynamic-access-control.aspx It highlights the work done with Independent Software Vendor partners and the products they are creating to integrate with the DAC suite. Definitely worth a read. As… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: I Don’t Like the Taste of Pants Edition

Hi all, Ned here again. After a few months of talking about Windows Server 2012 to other ‘softies from around the globe, I’m back with the sack. It was great fun – and not over yet, it turns out – but I am finally home for a bit. The only way you don’t know that… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Drop the dope, hippy! edition

Hi all, Ned here again with an actual back to back mail sack. This week we discuss: Running out of USNs and Versions DFSR RDC LAN WAN FWIW AOK NPS and dotted NetBIOS domain names USMT and the case of the failing sourcepriority Revisiting NIC teaming Weird DFSR files MaxConcurrentAPI in depth (elsewhere) KB2663685 DFSR… Read more

Exclusive! Shocking New Windows Names Revealed!!!

Ok, that might have been a slightly inflammatory and misleading title. Windows 8 is now officially called… Windows 8. The full set of edition names are Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT (that’s WOA), and Windows 8 Enterprise. Brandon Leblanc has the full breakout. Windows Server “8” is now officially called… Windows Server 2012. You… Read more

Windows Server “8” Beta announcements, availability (updated)

Hi all, Ned here. For those who spent the day in a coma, Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows 8 CP are out. Make sure you start by visiting Bill Laing’s announcement on the Windows Server Blog. This morning he formally announced the availability of Windows Server “8” Beta and outlined some of the design… Read more