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Friday Mail Sack Directory Services by NedPyle(Technical Lead in Microsoft)

March 25th, 2011 by and tagged ,

Presuming, many of you know & its for them who don’t know, NedPyle(Technical Lead in Microsoft) shares his knowledge base on DS at every Friday known as Friday Mail sack questions/answer, which gives us best opportunity to learn about DS in depth & clear the doubts/myths related Directory services. It occurs on every Friday(if he […]

Posted in Directory Services, DNS/DHCP, Exchange, OS/Certificates, SCCM/SCOM | No Comments »

Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and Directory Services: What’s New

March 13th, 2011 by and tagged ,

There are no of Directory service fixes released with Windows 2008 R2 SP1. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/01/14/sp1-and-directory-services-what-s-new.aspx Overall 795 public fixes that were rolled into SP1 and they’re all listed here. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=61924cea-83fe-46e9-96d8-027ae59ddc11 So, its time for rolling out windows 2008 R2 SP1 for all windows 2008 R2 running systems, but not before carrying test in your lab environment. […]

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Joe's tool ADFIND & OLDCMP for AD

March 9th, 2011 by and tagged ,

I must say Joe is simply brilliant who had developed a wonderful tool which not only cut down the effort required writing script for searching/modifying/deleting object in AD but added lots of add-on & getting the report in such a easy readable format made me fan of his tool. I was thinking but myself using […]

Posted in Directory Services, Exchange, Scripts/Powershell | 4 Comments »

DNS recommendations from Microsoft

March 8th, 2011 by and tagged

Many forum/post, often i see a question, how to configure DNS in my domain controller, is primary point to itself or secondary DNS server, is it OK to configure loopback IP & what are the best practices etc. I would not cover everything, leave for the below link to answer for you. Few things, i […]

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Repadmin-Expert Cmd

March 6th, 2011 by and tagged

Do you know repadmin is the best tool for Active directory troubleshooting, editing or modifying but few knows there is something called repadmin /experthelp which shows you expert level cmd & it should be used with caution to modify any change in AD. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc811549%28WS.10%29.aspx You might have used basic switches with repadmin like /showreps /showobjmeta […]

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Upgrade from Windows 2000/2003 to 2008/2008 R2 Domain Controllers

March 4th, 2011 by and tagged , ,

One question which I often come across is how to upgrade your domain from windows 2003 to windows 2008 or 2008 R2. Mostly organizations are running their domain controller on windows 2003 x86(32bit), windows 2008 R2 is available only in x64(64bit) & initially when we want to upgrade their domain from windows 2000 to 2003 […]

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Understanding AdminSDHolder and Protected Groups

March 1st, 2011 by and tagged

If you have faced an issue, where you add a domain user to a protected group like administrators,domain admins, enterprise admins, schema admins, account operator etc. & after an hour or so membership disappears & you are scratching your head who did it. You start your findings & come to know its “AdminSDHolder” which reside […]

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