Roaming Profile Compatibility – The Windows 7 to Windows 8 Challenge

[Editor’s note:  Everything Mark mentions for Windows 8 clients here is also true for Windows 8.1 clients.  Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 clients use the same (v3) profile version, so the 8.1 upgrade will not prevent this from happening if you have roaming profiles in your environment.  Something to be aware of if you’re planning… Read more

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

Saturday Mail Sack: Because it turns out, Friday night was alright for fighting edition

Hello all, Ned here again with our first mail sack in a couple months. I have enough content built up here that I actually created multiple posts, which means I can personally guarantee there will be another one next week. Unless there isn’t! Today we answer your questions around: Detecting virtual machines with WMI Filters… Read more

Your 24 Month XP Warning

Hi all, Ned here again with a public service announcement: On April 8th 2014, Windows XP support ends For the temporally challenged, that’s exactly two years from today. Hopefully, some of you don’t care because you’ve already gotten off XP. After all, Windows 7 has a 41% piece of Windows desktop distributions now according to… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Get Off My Lawn Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. I know this is supposed to be the Friday Mail Sack but things got a little hectic and… ah heck, it doesn’t need explaining, you’re in IT. This week – with help from the ever-crotchety Jonathan Stephens – we talk about: Multiple WMI Filters LDAP MaxPoolThreads Many-to-one certificate mappings LinkID… 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

Fun with the AD Administrative Center

Hi folks, Ned here again. We introduced the AD Administrative Center in Windows Server 2008 R2 to much fanfare. Wait, I mean we told no one and for good measure, we left the old AD Users and Computers tool in-place. Then we continued referencing it in all our documentation. And people say we’re a marketing… Read more

You probably don’t need ACCTINFO2.DLL

Hi folks, Ned here again. Customers periodically ask us for a rumored replacement for the Windows 2000 acctinfo.dll that works on 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. That old DLL added an extra tab to the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to centralize some user account info: Pretty cool. You can see… Read more

Getting the Effective Audit Policy in Windows 7 and 2008 R2

Ned here again folks. We introduced granular auditing in Windows Vista and a few years later we released Advanced Audit Policy Configuration. Legacy Windows audit policy didn’t go away, of course. To make things interesting, all of this can be configured through domain policy, local policy, multiple-local policy, per-user, or using command-line tools. Like most… Read more