Introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller (Part 1 of 2)

**Update – Before you introduce that first 2012 DC view our new series on AD upgrades** Upgrading or Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Build Your Roadmap Now Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 1: Assessment   Greg Jaworski here again to discuss introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain… Read more

Welcome to Server Manager … 2012-style

Well, another summer has passed, kids are back in school and the folks here at Microsoft have been reeeeeeally busy getting the final touches on many, many new products. One of those new products is our newest server Operating System – Windows Server 2012. In case you hadn’t heard, it recently was RTM’d (Released to… Read more

Looking for Trouble? Jump into the IP Info Weeds with PowerShell

Fellow PFE and blogger Michael “Hilde” Hildebrand makes a great case for being able to inventory the IP configuration of your hosts – especially those that have static IP configurations (like most of your servers). For example, audit the DNS server search order (primary and secondary DNS servers) across dozens of your servers. Based on… Read more

How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Windows 7 Boots?

Hey y’all, Mark here again with a quick post. Did you attend Tech Ed this year but miss a chance to see Xperf stealing the show? Great news, the session is online along with many others!       This is a great session led by Stephen Rose ( @stephenlrose), PFE’s own Matthew Reynolds who… Read more

Becoming an Xperf Xpert Part 3: The Case of When Auto “wait for it” Logon is Slow

Hey y’all, Mark here again with an interesting “Real World” XPerf trace from the depths of a WDRAP (Windows Desktop Risk Assessment). If your infrastructure hasn’t had a WDRAP yet, or it’s been a while, work with your Technical Account Manager to see if you can schedule one. I highly recommend it as a great… Read more

First, Do No Harm

As time passes, the business value derived from a company’s IT infrastructure continues to expand. Usually, along with this, the ‘interconnectedness’ of the infrastructure expands, too. One of the goals of an IT Pro is similar to a paraphrase of Hippocrates: “First, do no harm.” When we DCPROMO a Domain Controller (DC) out of Active… Read more

Windows Server and Processor Cores… (Part 1)

Recently someone asked me of my thoughts on how Windows Server handles processor cores.  With newer processors available with more than 2 or 4 cores each, it seemed like a good time to revisit this topic.  If you have a system with multiple processor sockets and a few new processors with 2, 4, 6, 10, or… Read more

MCM: Core Active Directory Internals

Disclaimer: For brevity and to get some key points across, quite a bit of detail about about Active Directory, the underlying database, and replication have been purposely ommitted from this blog.  Part 1 – MCM – So You Want to be a Master, eh? Now, there is no possible way to cover every possible detail from… Read more

Too Many Admins in Your Domain: Expose the Problem(s) and Find a Solution. (Don’t forget PowerShell)

In my role as a transactional PFE, I have the privilege of visiting 40-50 customers per year. Often I’m called in to perform an Assessment of the Active Directory Infrastructure. Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges most customers face is managing the membership of the privileged groups in their domain. The challenge manifests… Read more

The Case of the Missing SRV Records

I was recently on site with a customer performing an ADRAP when we found that several domain controllers were missing certain generic SRV records from DNS. The environment had around one-hundred DCs and thirty of them were missing records. Unsure why this was inconsistent, we started to investigate, first by restarting the netlogon service on… Read more