Friday Mail Sack: They Pull Me Back in Edition

Hiya world, Ned is back with your best questions and comments. I’ve been off to teach this fall’s MCM, done Win8 stuff, and generally been slacking keeping busy; sorry for the delay in posting. That means a hefty backlog – get ready to slurp. Today we talk: Weirdness with NETDOM versus NLTEST when returning DCs… Read more

Cluster and Stale Computer Accounts

Hi, Mike here again. Today, I want to write about a common administrative task that can lead to disaster: removing stale computer accounts from Active Directory. Removing stale computer accounts is simply good hygiene– it’s the brushing and flossing of Active Directory. Like tartar, computer accounts have the tendency to build up until they become… Read more

Windows Server 2008 SP1 and Windows Vista SP1 now UNSUPPORTED

Ned here with the last word on this: Windows Server 2008 SP1 and Windows Vista SP1 are no longer supported. You must install Service Pack 2 to get updates and support from Microsoft going forward with those OSes. But me no buts. I made a helpful diagram of how to resolve this – or indeed… Read more

Last Week Before Vista and Win2008 SP1 Support Ends

Last chance folks. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 support ends on July 12. As in, one week from now. This means computers running SP1 won’t get security updates after the next Patch Tuesday. The bomb represents malware. Or your next review… For those not running WSUS or SCCM, grab SP2 here:… Read more

What does DCDIAG actually… do?

Hi folks, Ned here again. I recently wrote a KB article about some expected DCDIAG.EXE behaviors. This required reviewing DCDIAG.EXE as I wasn’t finding anything deep in TechNet about the “Services” test that had my interest. By the time I was done, I had found a dozen other test behaviors I had never known existed…. 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

New DNS and AD DS BPA’s released (or: the most accurate list of DNS recommendations you will ever find from Microsoft)

Hi folks, Ned here again. We’ve released another wave of Best Practices Analyzer rules for Windows Server 2008 / R2, and if you care about Directory Services you care about these: AD DS rules update Info: Update for the AD DS Best Practices Analyzer rules in Windows Server 2008 R2 Download: Rules Update for Active… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Newfie from the Grave Edition

Heya, Ned here again. Since this another of those catch up mail sacks, there’s plenty of interesting stuff to discuss. Today we talk NSPI, DFSR, USMT, NT 4.0 (!!!), Win2008/R2 AD upgrades, Black Hat 2010, and Irish people who live on icebergs. Faith and Begorrah! NSPI max sessions per user DFSMGMT.MSC compatibility in mixed environments… 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