KDC Options and the missing Bit Mask

  Hey Folks! So, a question came up recently about the Ticket Options in security events 4768 & 4769.  An example of one, below: So just what are these "Ticket Options? Well as it turns out, they are the options defined in the ticket by the KDC.  Seems pretty straightforward doesn't it?  Well.  While those…

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What to do when DNS Scavenging scares you!

Hey Folks,   One of the more often asked questions we get is regarding DNS Scavenging.  In Josh Jones’ TechNet Article titled ‘Don’t be afraid of DNS Scavenging, just be patient’ he perfectly outlines two of the most common scenarios:   “I’m hitting this ‘scavenge now’ button like a snare drum and nothing is happening. …

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Everything you ever wanted to know about why that pesky firewall keeps causing you problems with your Forest Trusts among other things..

So, I have had more than one customer with this issue. And it’s not just trusts but, all sorts of service and access issues.   Sometimes, folks need to keep servers behind firewalls.  Between their corporate network & the Internet and, also inside their own Intranet, though this is more rare and MUCH more problematic….

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The Great Rollback

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/11/23/fixing-when-your-domain-traveled-back-in-time-the-great-system-time-rollback-to-the-year-2000.aspx

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Common Scenarios for Active Directory Related Backup and Disaster Recovery

(Or, Everything you ever wanted to know about AD DR Plans but couldn’t find in one place..) As part of our Active Directory Risk Assessment Program we perform an Operational Interview portion of the engagement.  During this we talk about things we can’t really ask the machines.  Such as, SLA’s, OLA’s, DR Plans and various…

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Drive Cleanup and WinSxS

  An issue arose today where a customers SQL machine ran out of disk space on the system drive (C:) and we needed to clean up a little bit.  Now, on a Win7 machine you just run Disk Cleanup and kill off those things that you don’t need.  (Debug Dumps, Temp Internet Files, Temp Files,…

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What in the world are RIDs for anyways?!

So the question came up today.  ‘We know what the RID master does with his Pools of RID numbers etc., but what are the RIDs then used for?’ Relative Identifier Allocation Short and Simple is this..  On a regular stand-alone machine, creating absolutely unique ID numbers for an object that gets created is easy, since…

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Inaugural Post!

  Hello Everyone! I wanted to take the opportunity to welcome you to what will be a veritable treasure trove of quick and easy access to information that you may need, tips and tricks to help, and generally useful things that we as Field Engineers see and use in our work that will help you…

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