Some Useful Links for you all!

News Details Link GPMC Scripts The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) provides a comprehensive set of COM interfaces that you can use to script many of the operations supported by the console. Included in this download is a set of sample scripts that make use of these interfaces. Click Me   ADMX language Templates Group…


Repadmin – THE tool of Kings

So, you are having trouble with Active Directory eh?  wondering what great secrets Microsoft have for troubleshooting AD?   When I first started to work for the big M, I was expecting to get a load of tools that would help me troubleshoot AD, tools that only the big M would have access to…  what dissappointment! …


Quick tips to get some text into Office…

To quickly create some text in a word 2007 document to send something decent to a printer just type: (not tried this on old versions) “=rand(20)”  (without the quotes)   To generate random numbers in Excel try “=RAND()*100”   As an update to this blog post, MVP Blake Handler wrote “=rand() was an old way…


How to find out who has your FSMO Roles?

There are four main ways to read the FSMO role holders in Active Directory, an easy way, the common way, the cool way and the hard way.  Lets review them all: The easy way: NetDOM /query FSMO The Common way: How to Determine the RID, PDC, and Infrastructure FSMO Holders of a Selected Domain 1. Click Start, click Run,…


DHCP server hardware changes? No problem

If you are looking at doing a DHCP migration from one server to another, but you dont want to enter all the scopes and reservations again then try the following, it will really help!  NETSH dhcp server {server name}  export c:\dhcp.txt all  NETSH dhcp server {server name} import c:\dhcp.txt all               Good Luck!


Snapshot Backups? what is that all about?

Here is a step-by-step guide for anyone that wants to get started with Active Directory Snapshot Backups In Windows 2008! Active Directory Administrators can now mount a snapshot from any given time, browse the snapshot and then perform restore individual objects if they want.  How cool is that!!.  The following procedure will create a snap shot, mount…


Private Live Search server? Give me some please!!!

Ever wanted the power of MS Live search on your internal network? Well no is your chance, MS has launched a new product called Enterprise Search that Administrators can install on one of their servers and it will take care of the rest..    I urge you to have a look:


Windows Live Launches!

It has just been announced that Windows Live has now been launched, “what is it?” I hear you say? , well it means that you will get the following software for free:  New Mail client to access multiple email accounts at the same time New version of the Messenger A new photo gallery tool Live writer (for…


AD Troubleshooting Tools

If You are having problems with Active Directory in some form or another try the following tools, they may help! ADInsight v1.0: Introducing ADInsight, an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Use it’s detailed tracing of Active Directory client-server communications to solve Windows authentication, Exchange, DNS,…


You want some tools – You cant handle these tools!

If you are trying to troubleshoot a Windows Platform, there are some great tools that you could install to help you get a better idea about that is going on.  Below is a list of some of these great Microsoft home grown tools: The Windows Resource kit The windows support tools PsExec v1.90: This version…