I Am Done Here!

  It was short, it was fun, but sometimes I was too busy to post a new blog.  So, I am moving my attention to a team blog located at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat. This is a group of Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFE) sharing a blog for platforms.  Hence the name “Ask PFE Platforms.”  You will find…


It Takes Two–DNS scavenging

  Scavenging works great on Microsoft Active Directory Integrated DNS.  So why does it get blamed for DNS issues?  The reason is pretty simple and can be summarized with two words: Patience and Misunderstanding. First let’s understand how it works.  It takes two.  Yes there two configurations to set and they are both needed for…


Share Your Sources

  I am interested what you read or sources you use to keep up with technical information in your field.  Working for Microsoft and focusing on platform technology, I obviously lean toward Microsoft information.  I seem to learn the most from www.blogs.technet.com/askds.   This blog is all about Directory Services and provides great insight and practical…


How to Trace a Logon Using Only One Machine

This is a Lab for you learn some basics for logon.  You can use this to observe user logon traffic for DNS, Kerberos, SMB, and more. Setup There are a couple of ways to collect a trace during logon from a client. One way is to hook up a hub to the client and use…


Sometime it is the Simple Things

Yes sir!  This is a short post, or at least a softball so to speak.  But as I travel and meet engineers I find that often it is the simple things that we have forgotten that can make our lives easier. With the growth of PowerShell many of us are finding we are using a…


A Look into the Future Using PowerShell

  I was on site (some time ago) reviewing data for an ADRAP (Active Directory Risk Assessment Program).  One of the issues identified was an event log entry.  The eventID is not significant for this discussion, other than I was looking for an event.  The ADRAP tool looks 5 days back by default and I…


Managing Client Machine Local Admin Rights

  Restricted Groups Restricted Groups! Argh! We have all done this at least once: Setup a restricted group thinking it would add to the local administrators group of the local machines for the users only to find that the policy removes the existing members and replaces them with the users defined by the policy. This…


Build a Lab

  It’s about time.  After much promising and procrastinating and so on and so on, I am finally here.  This is my first real blog post.  Introductions don’t count.  This blog walks through some basic steps to setup a lab from a production network.  I am sure you can modify it to fit your needs. …


Introduction and First Blog Post

  Who am I and what do I want to do with my blog.   First, my name is Doug Gabbard and I am a Senior Premier Field Engineer working at Microsoft focusing on directory services.  I been working in the field with our customers seeing both small and very large enterprise environments.   I Enjoy…

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