The importance of being up to date

One of the best tips my mentor gave me when I started at Microsoft 7 years ago was the following: My young Padawan!  Thou must seek the latest binary for the component you’re troubleshooting and check if the problem still occurs with that binary installed. Obediently ignoring the fact that I was at least 10…


Windows 2020?

It’s hard to believe we’ve had 10 years of Windows….however, with the Internet/IT year being 3 months this decade in fact spans 40 years… Windows passed into the new millennium and adulthood in 1999 with Windows 2000, from 1996 we’d had Windows NT 4.0 and 3.51/3.5/3.1 before that of course as well as Windows 2.0/3.0/3.1/3.11…


How to make things better by making them worse

Does that sound right?  Of course it doesn’t…but in some cases that’s just what troubleshooting is all about. I.e. to force the problem to show itself in a consistent manner so you can grab it by the tail and give it a solid thrashing. This is the reason for things like disabling Fast Logon Optimization,…


The golden rules of user resource management

If you make unlimited storage space available to users, your users will use unlimited storage space…and then come back and ask for more storage space to be made available.- Avoid giving out unlimited disk space or mailbox space to your users, computer systems in general are a limited resource.  It’s always easier to give than…


Time travel and factors that increase client startup or login time

This entry is written concerning the following issue; How applications and services can add to the startup or login time of clients. The basics first; On any operating system, performing any operation takes time.  This is just a fact of life and is more related to the nature of time than a question of performance….

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Naming schemes to avoid in AD

At some point, you’ll find yourself in the situation where you need to decide on a naming scheme for an Active Directory forest and domain.  This is a critical point and should not be chosen when you’re standing in front of the screen and typing DCPROMO. Let me elaborate a bit… Historically, Microsoft has been…