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,…


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,…


WSUSScn2.CAB Manual download location

When using MBSA in an offline mode, it is sometimes required to download the catalogue file manually (due to firewall restricitions on some PCs etc) The below link will enable you to download it. I hope you will find this useful as I can never remember where this bad boy is 🙂


Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

If  you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from the GPSVR service in Windows 2008/Visa/Win 7.  If so then try this: How to enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file To enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file, follow these steps. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then…


Group Policy Client Side Extension List

So I was on a customer site, troubleshooting a Group policy Client Side extension issue and could not quite figure out all of the Client side extensions that were in use just by GUID.  I was reviewing the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions and there were loads of extensions that was unsure about what they were. …


Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

 have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for what feels like a million times a minute.  Very frustrating.   After some investigation, I found that there is a really simple fix and is something I really need to remember, so as normal, I am putting on…


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…


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…


Key Firewall ports for Windows server 2008

Some just might say that security has gone mad these days, gone are the times when we only used firewalls to protect our internal network infrastructure from external attack.  Certainly I now see many of our customers deploying internal firewalls to protect their sites but at the same time, cause poor old Active Directory some…


UserAccountControl flags

I was messing today with a small script to read the UserAccountControl flags of an Active Directory domain’s user account base, and was tryng to find the correct values that are present there.  I ultimately stumbled upon a KB article which is brilliant.. The key info that I needed was below so I thought…