Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controller Backup Lifetime advice

I was asked why we recommend not using backups older than the lesser of TSL and Deleted Lifetime and below is my interpretation of the answer I got from a reputable source. There are 2 main reasons we advise not using backups longer than the lesser of Deleted Lifetime and Tombstone Lifetime. The first reason…

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Online Kernel Memory Dump using LiveKd.exe

How many times have you had to acquire a kernel memory dump, but you or your customer (quite rightly) refuses to have the target system attached to the internet (which usually needed to download the symbol files). Well, I have had the dubious pleasure 3 times in the past 3 months. So, to remind me…

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Dual Boot from VHD

When Windows 7 Beta came out, a colleague and I decided that the being able to dual boot from a VHD file would be useful for demos and to test Windows7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, due to the ability to replace and service VHD files pretty much at will (VHD files can be mounted…

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Dual Boot Vista with Windows Server 2008

Some time ago I built my laptop with dual boot and had a few issues along the way. I thought it might be worth sharing, but have only just got round to sharing this information. This information works equally as well with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. ISSUE 1 (Bitlocker PIN enabling for…

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Active Directory Dynamic Objects

What is a dynamic object? A dynamic object is an auxiliary class introduced in Windows Server 2003 that can be linked to most other object classes in Active Directory (as a class extension). Basically, by specifying that an object is of objectClass type dynamicObject (together with its normal class), it will get a number of…

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“Squeaky Lobster” – Monitoring Version Store Counters

If you read nothing else in this blog post take a look at this http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/06/15/427966.aspx . Recently I was faced with a situation where a DC was receiving Event ID 623 events in the Directory Services eventlog. I had to quite a bit of searching for information on these events and came to the conclusion that AD…

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objectClass attribute in Windows 2008 is now indexed.

Did you know that the objectClass attribute in an Active Directory database is not Indexed in pre Windows 2008 Active Directory. This really isn’t an issue with an efficiently formed LDAP query filter such as (&(objectCategory=person)(objectClass=user)) which takes advantage of indexed attributes, but if you were to use a non indexed attribute such as just…

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After Booting into DSRM DC takes a long time to become available

I had an interesting issue recently and I thought it would be useful to share the information. I was working on a test environment was going through some DR scenarios and noticed that the DC’s were taking a long time to boot into normal mode after booting into DSRM. This was true even if I…

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