System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 1 – System Center Overview)

I have received multiple requests for a study guide related to the newest versions of System Center Configuration Manager and/or System Center Operations Manager.  After doing a bit of research, I learned that it’s no longer appropriate to think of these as separate tools since they all belong to the System Center 2012 Suite.  The…

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Forefront Endpoint Protection Self-Study Guide

This study guide is for those who wish to become familiar with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) and System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP).  As always, these resources are available online and free of charge. Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP)/System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Self-Training Guide Top Level Site: http://www.microsoft.com/fep   Forefront Training Featured Videos Forefront Endpoint…

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Windows PowerShell Self-Study Guide

This time, I’ve put together a list of resources for those interested in Microsoft’s PowerShell scripting language.  While this training guide focuses primarily on Windows PowerShell 2.0, I have provided a brief list of PowerShell v3 resources at the end of this guide for those interested in getting an advance look at the newest version…

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SharePoint 2010 Self-Study Guide

Recently, I started creating some self-study guides to help my customers who are interested in learning different technologies.  It was suggested that I put these guides on my blog for easier access.  Today’s entry is on SharePoint 2010, but check back frequently as I upload additional study guides in the near future. SharePoint Server 2010…

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GPOs and Slow Link Detection

Several months ago, one of my customers came to me with a concern.  It seems that certain of his users were receiving their Group Policies correctly while another group was only receiving a subset of the policies.  He wasn’t sure why this would be.  The event gave me the opportunity to talk with him about…

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Group Policy Basics – Part 3: How Clients Process GPOs

So now that we’ve investigated the structure of a GPO and looked at how clients know which GPOs to apply, it’s time to look at how they apply them.  For a client to know which GPOs are assigned to it, and in which order it should apply them, the client needs to check several things:…

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Group Policy Basics – Part 2: Understanding Which GPOs to Apply

In the previous post, I talked about the structure of a GPO.  Now, I’ll turn to the question of what a client does in order to apply the settings that we’ve configured in our GPOs.  The processing of GPOs is initiated from the client side rather than being pushed from your Domain Controllers.  As such,…

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Group Policy Basics – Part 1: Understanding the Structure of a Group Policy Object

As a Windows administrator, you almost certainly have used Group Policies to control the settings deployed to the clients of your Active Directory infrastructure.  But with Group Policies getting such heavy use, not as many administrators fully understand how Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are structured.  In this post, I will discuss the structure of GPOs…

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Identifying Attributes That Are Members of the Partial Attribute Set in Active Directory

In my earlier post, I showed how to add an attribute to the Partial Attribute Set in Active Directory.  But how can you tell which attributes are already part of the Partial Attribute Set in the first place?  You can certainly check each one manually, but that will take forever.  Is there any other way…

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Global Catalogs and the Partial Attribute Set

Recently, while working with a customer who was trying to understand why a Global Catalog query might be taking longer than expected, the question of the Partial Attribute Set came up.  Because not everyone understood this concept, I thought I’d write up a quick post about it. First, Active Directory is designed so that the…