Post your letter to Father Techmas here!

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Techmas! Have you been good boys and girls this year? Providing you’ve been on your very best behaviour, Father Techmas wants to hear from you. We’d like to see your Techmas technology wish list, and the three funniest efforts will win a copy of Office Professional Plus 2010. Be warned, though…


The Basics of SMB Signing (covering both SMB1 and SMB2)

SMB Signing Overview Server Message Block (SMB) is the file protocol most commonly used by Windows. SMB Signing is a feature through which communications using SMB can be digitally signed at the packet level. Digitally signing the packets enables the recipient of the packets to confirm their point of origination and their authenticity. This security…

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Win a #windowsphone7 today on the UK TechNet blog

Live on the UK TechNet blog – win a Windows Phone 7! Just because we love you, we’ve got our hands on a Windows Phone 7 device to give away in return for a hilarious caption for the photo below. Unconfirmed reports suggest that those are/were Andrew Fryer’s legs, but what’s become of the rest…


PowerShell Script to Create a Sysinternals Suite INF File Installer

In my February 26, 2010 post I provided an updated INF file to install the Sysinternals Suite.  I also mentioned that I would try to update this more frequently in the future as the content of the Sysinternals Suite changes.  Well my free time being what it is, I have not had a chance to…


PowerShell Script to Create a Sysinternals Suite INF File Installer

In my February 26, 2010 post I provided an updated INF file to install the Sysinternals Suite.  I also mentioned that I would try to update this more frequently in the future as the content of the Sysinternals Suite changes.  Well my free time being what it is, I have not had a chance to…


Moving Your Organization from a Single Microsoft CA to a Microsoft Recommended PKI

Hi, folks! Jonathan here again, and today I want to talk about what appears to be an increasingly common topic: migrating from a single Windows Certification Authority (CA) to a multi-tier hierarchy. I’m going to assume that you already have a basic understanding of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) concepts, i. e., you know what a…


Certificate Enrollment Web Services Whitepaper

The Windows Server 2008 R2 Certificate Enrollment Web Services Whitepaper has been posted to the download center: you can download it here. This is just the initial document release for RTM.  We plan to publish the content to various Technet locations in the next several months, and we will have some opportunity to revise or…

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AD Recycle Bin – Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory の新機能

Windows Server 2008 R2 から Active Directory にもゴミ箱の機能が追加されます。ここではその新機能についてご説明致します。 1) これまでの機能について これまでの Windows では、Active Directory にて削除してしまったオブジェクトを復元する方法は 2 通りありましたが、いずれの方法にも以下のような問題がありました。 バックアップから非 Authoritative Restore でオブジェクトを復元する バックアップを復元するにはドメイン コントローラを 「ディレクトリ サービス復元モード」 で起動する必要がある為、その間作業をするドメイン コントローラが利用できなくなる。 Deleted Objects コンテナから復元する Deleted Objects コンテナへと移動されたオブジェクトは属性の多くが削除されている為、リストア後各オブジェクトの削除された設定(所属グループ等) を手動で再設定する必要がある。 Windows Server 2008 R2 から追加される Active Directory のゴミ箱の新機能を用いる事により、これまでのように DC の機能を停止する事なく、さらにオブジェクトの全属性を復元する事が可能となりました。 2) 設定方法 Active Directory のゴミ箱を利用するにはまず Windows Server 2008 R2 のフォレスト機能レベルが必要になります。つまり、ドメイン コントローラがすべて…


WMI: Rebuilding the WMI Repository

UPDATE 3/8/2017 This BLOG is no longer valid. Please see this one instead: WMI: Repository Corruption, or Not? REBUILDING THE WMI REPOSITORY Scenario Windows Management Instrumentation fails due to repository corruption or the repository is too large The WMI Repository “%windir%System32WbemRepository” is the database that stores meta-information and definitions for WMI classes; in some cases the repository…


Which hotfixes should I apply?

  This is updated as of 2-26-2017   In general – you should evaluate all hotfixes available, and only apply those applicable to your environment.  However, some of these below I have seen impact almost every environment, and should be heavily considered. This list is nothing official…. this is just a general list of the…