Removing permission for users to upload their image to AD

Hi,   I recently had the pleasure to help one of our Premier customers with a query they have regarding saving images in Active Directory. Default Permission in AD By default, users have permission to save a jpeg or bmp file to their own AD user account. This file can be up to 100KB in…

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A backup server flooded by DPCs

Hi, I’ve just finished working on a case with a customer that was so interesting that it deserved a blog post to round it off. These were the symptoms: Often while logged in to the server things would appear to freeze – no screen updates, little mouse responsiveness, if you could start a program (perfmon,…

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Using Delegation in Scheduled Tasks

This blog is about the ability in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to apply a SID to every scheduled task and use that SID to apply permissions elsewhere in the Operating System. Services already have this feature from Vista and newer. The idea is the same; take the simple name for the service…

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Installing DHCP on Windows Server 2012 did not create the local groups

Hi again,   Another interesting case with a nice, easy solution. While working with a Premier customer recently we found that the 2 local groups relating to DHCP, “DHCP Administrators” and “DHCP Users” didn’t get created on their new DHCP servers. Only the role installation steps can do this for us as that will make…

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Getting started with Storage Replica in Windows Server Technical Preview

Storage Replica (SR) is a new feature that enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension…

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How to set a static IP address and rename a NIC based on a known MAC address

I had a question that I thought I would share the answer for. A customer was deploying multiple identical servers with multiple NIC into a testing lab as virtual machines. They needed a way to beat the plug and play detection of NIC cards so that they could set the correct static IP for the…

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Cannot bring Cluster Name resource online

Hi, Another quick post with a non-very-obvious solution, this time on a new Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster. The case went like this: The OSes of the nodes were built according to the security requirements of the customer We added the Failover Clustering feature and attempted to create a new cluster while running the wizard…

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Wildcard DNS Entires

I was working on a case with a customer for something that was too weird to ignore. We wanted to use DNS Suffix Search Orders on the clients so that clients could query using short names for servers in DNS domains which weren’t their own. e.g. A PC in the domain child-dom-1.corp.contoso.com wanted to ping…

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Troubleshooting Windows Performance Issues: Lots of RAM but no Available Memory

Hi, One of my recent posts was recently polished up enough to appear on the MSPFE blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mspfe/archive/2012/12/06/lots-of-ram-but-no-available-memory.aspx That blog roll is a new initiative within the Premier Field Engineer community to “put our best foot forward”. Posts appear from all the Microsoft technologies we support by PFEs like me who are working everyday with…

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Low throughput when copying files

Hi, I have been helping a customer with a tricky issue recently regarding slow network performance for SMB file copies over their network. It came about after they took the settings defined in Security Compliance Manager for their member servers and deployed them as a Group Policy to their server OU. After doing this, they…

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