Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn’t create a new partition

Hi all,         Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!.  This time its about Windows 8.  I have rebuilt my PC over the last few evenings and been running into the error: “We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.  For more information,…


WMI filter woes

Hi all,     I just thought that I would finally post a little something about WQL (WMI Query Language) queries for Group Policies.  It is regularly observed by most of my customers that examples of WMI queries for GPOs are found here: .    It is important to note that these are examples and are…


RODC connection object is goes AWOL

If the RODC connection object goes Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) then there are some steps to recover it, taken from the Ask the Directory Services Team’s Blog site ( RODCs require a special flag on their connection objects for SYSVOL replication to work. If not present, SYSVOL will not work for FRS or DFSR. To fix…


Poster Win 8 app, available now

A new Windows 8 app is now available to enable you to see all the technical spec posters that we used to have to print out on A3.   If you’re running Windows 8, you can get it from the Windows Store here:   thanks Martin (aka the poster guy 🙂


Network Location Awareness Service

Often I am asked about how slow link detection on Windows Vista through to Windows 8, differs Windows XP when relating to Group Policies.  First some background.  When Windows XP attempts to download its Group Policies, it performs a slow link test, which consists of a series to ICMP pings to find out how the…


Event ID: 12294 Woes

I came across this great error today at a customer site: Event Type: ErrorEvent Source: SAMEvent Category: NoneEvent ID: 12294Date: 3/3/2003Time: 9:42:55 AMUser: (USERNAME)Computer: (COMPUTERNAME)Description:The SAM database was unable to lockout the account of ? due to a resource error, such as a hard disk write failure (the specific error code is in the error…