The case of the DNS records that didn’t resolve

I was at a customer today who was in the process of moving their AD from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 x64 platform. In the process at some point he changed the DHCP servers to use the new Windows Server 2008 based DC/DNS servers for name resolution. He then said he was having…

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The case of the blocked FRS replication

So I haven’t written anything in quite a while and felt compelled to write something I recently ran into. A customer of mine is in the process of implementing Windows Server 2008 RODC in their branch offices. In order to do that, they are planning to in-place upgrade the W2K3 DCs to W2K8 at the…

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Can’t Open XPS Documents on Vista

Just thought I’d post a quick observation I made on my laptop. Some time back I ran into an interesting issue on my laptop where I could create XPS documents using the "XPS Document Writer" printer or even using applications like Office 2007. I could even see a preview of it in Windows Explorer. But…

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NTDSUTIL – Group Membership Evaluation

I just had an issue at a customer where we were troubleshooting an issue where users could not use the SQL Management studio to connect to a SQL server remotely. Local login to SQL server interactively and then launching the client tools worked. The cause was the number of groups the user belonged to. To…

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User initiated crash dump in Vista Laptop

I have a vista SP1 based Toshiba M400. As we tend to regularly dogfood software builds internally I also assist with self hosting any software builds I am interested in. These builds are not perfect and sometimes they cause laptops to hang, deplete resources etc… I’ve not done much to generate crash dumps and have…

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Wevtutil Error

I just found out today that the command listed to view all audit events for Vista and Windows Server 2008 does not work on installations if using a language other than English USA. The following command will result in an error as follows. C:\Windows\system32>wevtutil gp Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing /ge /gm:true name: Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing guid: 54849625-5478-4994-a5ba-3e3b0328c30d helpLink: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp?CoName=Microsoft%20Corporati on&ProdName=Microsoft%c2%ae%20Windows%c2%ae%20Operating%20System&ProdVer=6.0.600…

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