AD DS: 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,…


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

Below is the first of a 3-part series I did outlining the basics of Group Policy Objects.  I did this series previously on another blog for Windows Server 2008 and have decided to update it for Windows Server 2012.  Much of the technology has not changed between 2008 and 2012 but where there are changes,…


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

This is the second post that I’m bringing over from my previous TechNet blog.  Even though it references a Windows Server 2008 forest, the techniques are the same, so I have had to do very little editing.  Everything shown below works equally well in both Windows Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2012/R2.  Again, I hope…


AD DS: Global Catalogs and the Partial Attribute Set

Today, I am to revise and re-post some older technical articles that I put together on another TechNet blog which I have since retired.  In the interest of consolidating the posts so that they can be found at a single location, I am re-posting here, with updates/modifications as appropriate.  I hope you enjoy them! In…

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Refreshing State Messages in System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Recently, I worked with a customer who reported that his clients were not reporting accurate data in their ConfigMgr compliance reports.  Though the clients showed the correct settings when we looked at them directly, these settings were not reflected correctly in the compliance reports.  This is an issue that has been dealt with in the…

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