Backing up and Restoring Domain-Based DFS Namespaces

I had a question for a customer recently which needed some investigation, as the seemingly “easy steps” to export and import DFSN configurations didn’t do what either of us expected. KB969382 lists the actions to take in the event of your DFS Namespace going west. Option 2 was the one we were looking at as…

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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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Tuning Free System Page Table Entries when using /3GB and /USERVA=wxyz

  If you enable /3GB in the boot.ini of a Windows Server 2003 x86 server, you risk running out of address space for the kernel. You can tweak this by adding the switch /USERVA=wxyz where wxyz is the number of megabytes that should be allocated to the user mode processes. This will give more address…


Upgrading the ADMX Central Store files from Vista to Windows 7

I had a question from a customer and thought I’d share the answer with everyone. They asked “I want to upgrade our Central Store of ADMX/ADML files for Group Policy from Windows Vista SP2/Windows Server 2008 SP2 to Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2. What do we need to worry about?”. So I redirected them to…

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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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Decommissioning WINS

I’ve been working on helping remove WINS from a customers network. One of the big problems was identifying the remaining clients still using WINS, and just what they were using it for. We used Network Monitor to capture WINS name resolution queries on the WINS to see which clients were querying for which server names….

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Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server Session Broker and Event ID 1014

I hit a problem recently where we were seeing this event in all the terminal servers in a session broker farm: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc775303(WS.10).aspx Event ID: 1014 Source: Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-SessionBroker-Client Message:The server failed to retrieve the security identifier (SID) of the TS Session Broker server.Win32 error code: 0x534. The error code (0x534 hex = 1332 decimal) relates to:…


Capturing attempts to exploit Security Advisory 975497

Hi If you’ve heard about this vulnerability which has been located (and published before it was advised to MSRC – Microsoft Security Response Center) and want to see if there are machines on your network attempting to exploit it, here’s a Network Monitor capture filter to show you the source IP of the attacker or…


A work-around when using different proxies for HTTP and SSL in WSUS 3.0 SP1

WSUS 3.0 SP1 introduces a new command line tool to help admins set different upstream proxies (one for HTTP and one for SSL). You could set the same proxy server, but running different proxies for HTTP and SSL on different ports. Currently there is a problem with either one of the following components: WSUS application…