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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Quick TIP: Force FRS replication

For this tip you will need a somewhat newer version of ntfrsutl.exe You can grab a version out of the Service Pack 2 Support Tools download here. Beginning with the version of ntfrsutl.exe in KB 823230 we have the ability to force FRS replication to occur across site boundaries immediately instead of waiting for the schedule…

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Quick Tips

I’ve added a new tag called “Quick Tips.”  These are going to be smaller posts where I offer some time-saving tip, or some other similar type of goodie. Look out for the first one soon!

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AD User and Group Restore Webcast

Some time ago I did a webcast presentation on Active Directory User and Group Restore. I’ve included the link for those of you that may have missed it. Check out the on-demand presentation here:  http://www.msusapartnerreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004864 (Unfortunately registration is required, but that takes only a few seconds) Let me know if you would like to see…

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Performance team blog

I see a lot of customers unnecessarily using the boot.ini /3GB switch.  Explaining when and when not to use it takes quite some time.  Thanks to the Platforms Performance team, I now have a very nice quality post to point them to.

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Active Directory Forest Recovery…

The helpdesk phone had been ringing incessantly all day.  Many people throughout the AD forest were unable to login to their respective domains.  It seems that accounts throughout the forest had somehow been deleted.  John, tired from having been up all night watching “White and Nerdy“, was called in to help identify what was going on.  Fortunately he…

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Active Directory Puzzle from Technet Mag…

Check out this cool poster size image now available for download from our website. Link courtesy of Michael Kleef. The “Active Directory Component Jigsaw” picture is a pretty cool overview of AD that was originally only available to TechNet Magazine subscribers.  Full picture size is over 8 MB. Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

Hi Everybody! I just wanted to drop a quick note wishing you all a happy new year, and to let you know that I haven’t given this up yet. 🙂 I just got back into the office from vacation, and plan to have a technical post up here by the end of the week. I didn’t…

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