Monthly Archives: September 2006

You broke the notebook from the domain and didn’t backup those offline files?

Got a phone call today from Derek.  He was having a rough day that ended on a happy note.

His boss' Tablet PC had been out of the office earlier this summer when one night we did an emergency rebuild of his domain.  Later he needed a production box for another employee and grabbed that same Tablet and joined it to the domain.  What he hadn't realized until today was that his boss had been working in those offline files for an unknown period of time after the domain had been rebuilt and before the SID was trashed from joining the Tablet to the "new" domain so he could use it for that other employee.  Now he needed those files and neither of us had a clue of how to get them back quickly.  Backups from the day of the domain changeover were a last option since the files on the Tablet had been worked on since then by his boss.

So this evening I sit down to see if I can dig up an answer, and to my surprise, Derek has sent me an email with a link to an awesome KB that I never heard about.  Check out and see what "Features and functions in version 1.1 of the Client-Side Caching Command-Line Options command-line tool" is all about.  Derek reports the laptop is back in business as a result of using this KB, so keep it mind the next time you loose those offline folders and the notebook PC is looking better as a paperweight to you as the minutes tick by and you still don't have those files off of that drive!  :-)


Patch Tuesday has arrived this month

For those still in a daze from SMB Nation's full days, late evenings, and travel to and from, this may be sneaking up on you, it did me, but Patch Tuesday is upon us so time to get back to work.

I patch all servers via RDP or onsite, starting with our own company's production server and then customer servers after I watch our own and the community for a few days to see how boxes are responding.  Whatever you are using to push patches out to your non-servers, I choose to do those as soon as possible.  I happen to use HyBlue for my monitoring and patching so I have a couple days normally as PatchLink runs their own tests before releasing the packages, but get them out as soon as you can.  I tend to function in a "Patch Week" versus "Patch Tuesday" mode.

Also reminds me that the Microsoft System Center Essentials Public Beta is in full swing now.  Thought it was strange we didn't hear from the SCE (pronounced ski around MSFT) team at SMB Nation.  In my opinion they missed a potential blast into their beta by not being there.

Great seeing so many new and familiar faces at SMB Nation!  See you at SMBTN's conference in March if not before.


Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP, is coming to Seattle to teach his two-day hands-on Group Policy Workshop

This just in from Jeremy.  If you are in the Seattle are you should consider attending.

Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP, author of Group Policy, Profiles and IntelliMirror (SYBEX), and writer for REDMOND Magazine, Windows IT Pro, and TechNet Magazine is coming to Seattle to teach his two-day hands-on Group Policy Intensive Training and Workshop.

Jeremy runs, a community forum to help people get their toughest Group Policy questions answered. He is the only Microsoft MVP in Group Policy which teaches these fundamental skills.
In this two-day course, Jeremy takes people on a Group Policy journey from zero-to-sixty in just two days! This is a hands-on course, with specially designed labs which provide a real-world feel.

This training approach helps students understand and reinforce the concepts at multiple levels of learning before putting their knowledge into practice in production.

The class starts out with an overview of Group Policy, and quickly warms up to essentials of daily Group Policy management. Students learn how Group Policy objects work under the hood, what it takes to back them up (and restore them), and what snafus lie in day-to-day management.

Special emphasis is on Group Policy troubleshooting, how to deploy and manage software installation via Group Policy, how to make desktops and servers more secure with Group Policy, and how to secure Group Policy itself !

A full course outline and additional information available at:

This course has been delivered all over the world to Microsoft partners, customers and also to Microsoft employees!

At recent MMS and TechEd conferences, Mark Williams from the Group Policy team encouraged the throngs of attendees to check out the new Group Policy book and the training!

If you missed him the first time he was in Seattle, don't miss Jeremy this time.

The course will be held at 1100 Dexter Avenue North, 1st Floor,
Seattle, WA
The dates are Sep 25 – 26, 2006.

The cost is $1000 per person for the two days.

Breakfast, Lunch and course materials are included.
Discounts available if 5 people from the same organization sign up.

To sign up, simply click over to then scroll down a bit to locate "Seattle".