Replication error 8464 after schema upgrade

Problem Environment Contoso has a very large branch-office deployment of Active Directory. Each branch-office is an Active Directory site, and each DC is a GC because of potentially unreliable WAN links. Any time a Scheme upgrade is performed in which the Partial Attribute Set (PAS) is updated, replication fails for numerous partitions until all hub…

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Quick Tip: Move Window position via keyboard

Hi Everybody! Ever have an application’s window that you need to move but can’t—either because you have connected via RDP and the window is on a different monitor, or because you can’t get to the title bar to grab it with the mouse? The following keyboard shortcuts should do the trick Alt + Spacebar M…

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Quick Tip: Back up your NTFS security permissions

Here is a simple command that you can run right now in order to save you from some down-time the next time your file system permissions get set back to the Windows defaults.  Proactively running this from time to time (think: task scheduler) can save you a lot of time and money the next time…

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Microsoft Certified Master registration…

Hi Everybody! Have you heard about the new certification from Microsoft?  In the grand scheme of things (as far as MSFT certification goes) it is the next level above the MCITP. (MCITP is what many consider to be the replacement for the old MCSE) Check out the pic for a better description: Public registration for…

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Sysinternals developer answers your toughest Vista questions…

Hi Everybody! This should be a pretty good presentation on Windows Vista internals.  Mark Russinovich has co-authored several books on Windows Internals, and is one of the developers for all of the cool troubleshooting utilities over at our Sysinternals site. Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable Under the Hood: Windows Vista Performance…Need Answers? Join Mark Russinovich and…

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Quick TIP: The replication operation was preempted

This tip can help clear some confusion when you encounter the following error while forcing replication: result 8461 The replication operation was preempted Here is the output of running repadmin /showreps on a brand new domain controller: DC=contoso,DC=com    5th_Ward\ContosoDC2 via RPC    objectGuid: 5ed02b33-a6ab-4576-b109-bb688221e6e3        Last attempt @ 2008-08-21 17:51.44 failed, result 8461:   The replication operation was…

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RODC compatibility pack available now…

Hi Everybody! I just wanted to write a quick note to let you all know that the RODC compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP clients is available for download. Description of the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944043 Not…

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Windows Server 2K8 Reviewers Guide

Hi Everybody! This one comes at the request of several customers.  Many of you out there are trying to determine which version of Server 2008 you will deploy.  For most it comes down to deciding between two of the five major versions: Server 2008 Standard edition and Server 2008 Enterprise edition.  Given the amount of…

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Quick TIP: Quickly verify AD replication status

It can be a little tedious to verify replication status in a large Active Directory environment via the Sites and Services snap-in.  Here is a command I use quite frequently to check the replication status of all domain controllers: REPADMIN /SHOWREPL * /CSV >showrepl.csv View the file in Microsoft Excel and perform the following filtering…

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Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and Home Server RC

Hi Everybody! This is just an update to let you all know about two software releases: We just released Virtual Server R2 SP1 on Monday. You can download it for free from here. Some of the updates: Support for hardware-assisted virtualization Supports up to 256 GB of physical memory, and up to 512 virtual machines…

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