Giving Non Administrators permission to read Event Logs Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Apologies for not blogging for sometime. I have been away on vacation, out of the country on training plus work commitments so add that up and it equals and enforced hiatus. Plus of course do not forget the Volcano :). Well I am back now and have an interesting information around Event Log access and…


Powershell script to help check WMI setting has been configured

We all know how powerful Powershell is, so it is great to highlight an example of where it was showed to be very effective and really quick to create a positive result. Recently I highlighted and issue that affected 2003 Domain Controllers which caused High CPU on WMIprvse.exe caused by a memory leak dnsprov.dll.…


Enterprise Domain Controllers Group and Group Policies

Myself and a colleague Mark Empson have been developing a New Service entitled a GPO Health Check that looks at every aspect of the health of your Group Policies. Well one of the tests involved was checking for any Group Policies that had only the Read Group Policy Object permission and not the Apply Group…


High CPU on Wmiprvse.exe caused by memory leak DNSPROV.DLL Windows 2003

Certain customers have recently been experiencing an issue which I wanted to bring to your attention. Issue with Domain Controllers Windows 2003 sp2 Wmiprvse.exe consistently consumes a high percentage of  CPU on Domain Controllers and svchost.exe has a a high handle count of around 75000 and another svchost.exe hosting rpcss has 23000 handles. Impact: Servers…


How to modify a system owned object

Hello, I had an interesting customer request recently that I thought I would share with you. Prior to an upgrade to 2003 they had an account which was used for Remote Desktop Users. On upgrading to 2003 this account became replaced by a System Owned Object with exactly the same name. So their question to…


Interesting Question from Customer at Teched Europe 2009

Well even when you are working on the floor at Teched you have the opportunity to research and deal with customer queries. So I was busy doing my flipping between the Ask the Experts and the Hands On Labs  and a delegate asked me a question that deserves serious consideration.   The delegate was asking…


Correction for Group Policy Settings added to Windows 2008

Hi Everyone, We want to let you know that there is a correction to the link to download “Group Policy Settings added to Windows 2008”. So if you are looking for it the link is here Apologies if you have had trouble finding it