Tip – How does Windows Server 2008 resolve Domain Controller Load Balancing problems?

This article discusses a new Group Policy setting which solves the Load Balancing issues with the domain controllers.

The DC Locator Service has been re-designed in Windows Server 2008 to include a new mechanism. When a client computer finds a preferred domain controller, it sticks to this domain controller unless that domain controller stops responding or the client computer is restarted. This is generally called Domain Controller Stickiness.

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Tip – A Quick Tip to configure Group Policy settings in Workgroup Security Model.

This article will show how you can quickly configure Group Policy in Workgroup Security Model. This article applies to Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003.

The Group Policy can also be deployed in Workgroup security model but there is no central tool available to configure all computers in one go. For example, you have 20 computers in your network. You need to configure the same Group Policy settings on 20 computers.

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Tip – Command Line Tips, Windows Server 2008 Server Core

Microsoft has released Windows Server 2008 in various editions. One of them is Server Core. There is no GUI included in the Server Core. You must perform all the commands by using the command-line tools supplied with the Server Core. Here are few important ones.

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Tip – A Quick Tip To Enable Terminal Services Access For Previous Versions of Windows

Allow previous versions of Windows to access Windows Server 2008 Server Core using Terminal Services.

Windows Server 2008 runs in higher security level. By default, Windows Server 2008 does not allow previous versions of Windows computers to access the Server Core via Terminal Services. You must turn off the higher security level to allow them to access via Terminal Services

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Tip – ‘GlobalNames’ Zone, A DNS Feature in Windows Server 2008

Many Microsoft customers are still using WINS in their networks. WINS is often used as a secondary name resolution protocol for NetBIOS names. WINS uses NetBIOS Over TCP/IP (NBT) for name resolution. Organizations still use WINS because they like having the static names for their enterprise servers.

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Tip – How To Check If A PSO Has Been Applied To A User Or Group?

Checking users’ password policies in Windows Server 2008 domain.

In Windows Server 2008 you can implement multiple password policies for users or groups. The effective password policies for a user or group are stored in AD Attributes. You need to use Attribute Editor to check the password policy status. There is an attribute that you need to check. 

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