Authoritative Restore of SYSVOL after Deallocation of Azure DCs

The Problem If you run an isolated lab in Azure IaaS with more than one Domain Controller and are in the habit of shutting down and de-allocating the VMs to save money, you may have found that SYSVOL doesn’t replicate when you start them back up. The Cause De-allocation/re-allocation of a VM changes the VM…

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Using Group Policy Preferences to Manage the Local Administrator Group

Hello Everyone! Graeme Bray back with you today to talk about how you can reduce the audit and risk surface within your environment. If you can’t tell, Microsoft has taken a strong stance towards security. In a previous life, I was responsible for providing results for audit requests from multiple sources. One risk (and management…

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Supportability article that pertains to anybody performing a Domain migration

Hello All, If you have the configuration as expressed in the article where you have two domains, and are migrating users without disabling or deleting the source account then you are in an unsupported configuration. This means that you will still be able to open cases and work with our support engineers on any issues,…


Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (October, 2017)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy!  Microsoft Azure Azure mobile app The…


Automated Offline Domain Join using PowerShell and JEA

Abstract An offline domain join requires network access to a writable Domain Controller, which might not be desired in a DMZ scenario. Also, permissions to create computer accounts are required and permissions to enable password replication to the Read-Only Domain Controller. This document describes the process of delegating and fully automating this process by means…


Introducing Lingering Object Liquidator v2

Greetings again AskDS! Ryan Ries here. Got something exciting to talk about. You might be familiar with the original Lingering Object Liquidator tool that was released a few years ago. Today, we’re proud to announce version 2 of Lingering Object Liquidator! Because Justin’s blog post from 2014 covers the fundamentals of what lingering objects are so well, I…


Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (Ignite Edition)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you an out-of-band Microsoft Ignite edition of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy! Microsoft Azure Inside Microsoft Azure…


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