Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany. If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters. In this post, I provide a brief overview of ATQ performance counters, how to use them and… Read more

New Slow Logon, Slow Boot Troubleshooting Content

Hi all, Ned here again. We get emailed here all the time about issues involving delays in user logons. Often enough that, a few years back, Bob wrote a multi-part article on the subject. Taking it to the next level, some of my esteemed colleagues have created a multi-part TechNet Wiki series on understanding, analyzing,… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Dang, This Year Went Fast Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and comments. This week we talk: AD Garbage Collection behavior Applying Group Policy based on installed roles and features Apple hates .local domains More on auto site coverage from Lurch Fixing the mysteriously bad CPU performance of brand new servers DFSN and NetApp Hyper-V and AD/DFSR/FRS/etc. disk… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Unintended Hilarity Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again with another week’s questions, comments, and oddities. This time we’re talking: GPMC inconsistent permissions error ADMT multiple servers DFSR staging calculation performance USMT and MAX_PATH DFSR port 5722 on members Common AD support topics Other things Let’s get it. Question When we change security on our group policies using GPMC,… 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

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

Common DFSR Configuration Mistakes and Oversights

Greetings everyone. Warren here again with a blog post that is a collection of common DFSR issues that I have encountered over the past few years. The goal of this blog post is to list these common DFSR configuration mistakes that have caused problems to prevent you making the same mistake. Knowing what not to… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Not Particularly Terrifying Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again. In today’s Mail Sack I discuss SP1, DFSR, GPP passwords, USMT, backups, AD disk configurations, and the importance of costumed pets. Boo. Win7/R2 SP1 RC in production USMT ramp up Daily DFSR health reports Recommendations for separating AD folders and files onto different disks GPP admin password maintenance DFSR read-only… Read more

Multi-NIC File Server Dissection

Ned here. Our friend and colleague Jose Barreto from the File Server development team has posted a very interesting article around multiple NIC usage on Win2008/R2 file servers. Here’s the intro: When you set up a File Server, there are advantages to configuring multiple Network Interface Cards (NICs). However, there are many options to consider… Read more

Son of SPA: AD Data Collector Sets in Win2008 and beyond

Hello, David Everett here again. This time I’m going to cover configuration and management of Active Directory Diagnostics Data Collector Sets. Data Collector Sets are the next generation of a utility called Server Performance Advisor (SPA). Prior to Windows Server 2008, troubleshooting Active Directory performance issues often required the installation of SPA. SPA is helpful… Read more