Fine Grain Password Policies (FGPP)

Hi,     Having played with FGPP’s recently at Teched, I figured that it would be good to publish the attributes that are required to create one and their value types. The attributes required for creating a fine grain password policy. msDS-PasswordSettingsPrecendence  This is just a number you can make up (make sure you leave some space…


Installing WSUS nightmares!

Hi,      I was installing WSUS v3.1.6001.65 and the installation kept failing just as it was copying files, the error I was getting was quite a strange one in the installation logs: An exception occurred during the Install phase.System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.   at System.Number.StringToNumber(String str, NumberStyles options, NumberBuffer& number, NumberFormatInfo info, Boolean…


RDP Ports

Hi all, I know this is an old tip but I needed it last week and figured that I should keep it on my blog. I was trying to change the default port of my terminal services so that I could make it a little harder for my users if they try and bypass my…


Sponsor Jane Lewis

Hi all,        My good friend and colleague Jane is off to Madagascar for a charity cycle ride, please support here by clicking on the following link:     Thanks  ๐Ÿ™‚


2008 interesting links

If you are feeling a little limited in information about Windows 2008, check out the following featured components:   ยท         AD DS: Restartable Active Directory Domain Services Windows 2008 introduced new capabilities to start or stop directory services running on a domain controller without having to shut it down, allowing administrators to perform maintenance (offline…


Virtualising servers

Hi All,              I have started collecting a list of whitepapers based upon virtualisation of domain controllers and services, I just figured that you may find these of use!    KB897615  Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software;EN-US;897615 KB: 897613 Microsoft Virtual Server support policy  KB: 897614 Windows Server System software…


Exchange 2007 IS failure Oddity

Hi all,              I manage a local schools infrastructure in my spare time and they had this strange little issue:  After a power outage, the information store on my Exchange 07 SP1 server (running Windows 2008) would not start.  All other services were running ok and running the following command:   SC Query MSExchangeIS I could see…


Manual Connection objects in Active Directory

Hi All,        I had a question today that I wanted to get to the bottom of, it is an old question but as I obviously forgot the answer in detail, I had to find it.  ๐Ÿ™‚  The queston was “How can I tell if a connection object is manual or not?” The first obvious…


RDP to Windows 2008

Hi all,        I have installed a Windows 2008 server into my Windows 2003 domain, I then enabled RDP on my Windows 2008 server verified that I could connect from my Vista client on the network.   While working from home, I quickly found out that I could not RDP onto my Windows 2008 server from…


Windows Server 2008 Core Quick Reference

This month I have been setting up my first Windows 2008 core server to go into a production environment.  It has been a very interesting experience as I was expecting a straight forward process but ran into a few challenges.  What with some vendor specific hardware and a bizarre WSUS issue, I have certainly had…