DFSR: Limiting the Number of Imported Replicated Folders when using DB cloning

Hello! Warren here to talk about a very specific scenario involving the new DB cloning feature added to DFSR in Windows Server 2012 R2. The topic is how to limit or control which RFs you import on the import server in a DB cloning scenario. Ned Pyle has already covered in detail the topic of… Read more

Managing the Store app pin to the Taskbar added in the Windows 8.1 Update

Update 9/9/2014 Warren here yet again to update this blog to tell you that the GP to control the Store icon pin has shipped in the August 2014 update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2975719/. If you want to control the Store icon pinned to the taskbar be sure to install the August 2014 update on all the targeted machines…. Read more

Options for Managing Go to Desktop or Start after Sign in in Windows 8.1

Hi, David here.  Over the past year we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our customers about the pain of changing from older versions of Windows over to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  While it’s a great OS with a lot of compelling features, it’s a big change – and as any desktop administrator will… 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

AskDS is 12,614,400,000,000,000 shakes old

It’s been four years and 591 posts since AskDS reached critical mass. You’d hope our party would look like this:  But it’s more likely to be: Without you, we’d be another of those sites that glow red hot, go supernova, then collapse into a white dwarf. We really appreciate your comments, questions, and occasional attaboys…. 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

Important DFSR Hotfix for Mixed 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2 Environments

Warren here with a quick announcement for those that are running DFSR environments that have Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft has released a hotfix that you should install on your Windows Server 2003 R2 DFSR servers to address a protocol interoperability issue with up-level DFSR servers…. 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

AskDS is 0.03 Centuries Old Today

Three years ago today the AskDS site published its first post and had its first commenter. In the meantime we’ve created 455 articles and we’re now ranked 6th in all of TechNet’s blogs, behind AskPerf, Office2010, MarkRussinovich, SBS, and HeyScriptingGuy. That’s a pretty amazing group to be lumped in with for traffic, I don’t mind… Read more

Recovering from Unsupported One-Way Replication in DFSR Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008.

Warren here again. The purpose of this blog post is to outline the proper steps to move from an unsupported one-way replication deployment when using DFSR from Windows 2003 R2 and Windows 2008 to a supported configuration of two-way replication. Before we get started, here is some good news. Starting with Windows 2008 R2 we… Read more