Revenge of Y2K and Other News

Revenge of Y2K and Other News

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Hello sports fans!

So this has been a bit of a hectic time for us, as I'm sure you can imagine. Here's just some of the things that have been going on around here.

Last week, thanks to a failure on the time servers at USNO.NAVY.MIL, many customers experienced a time rollback to CY 2000 on their Active Directory domain controllers. Our team worked closely with the folks over at Premier Field Engineering to explain the problem, document resolutions for the various issues that might arise, and describe how to inoculate your DCs against a similar problem in the future. If you were affected by this problem then you need to read this post. If you weren't affected, and want to know why, then you need to read this post. Basically, we think you need to read this post. So...here's the link to the AskPFEPlat blog.

In other news, Ned Pyle has successfully infiltrated the Product Group and has started blogging on The Storage Team blog. His first post is up, and I'm sure there will be many more to follow. If you've missed Ned's rare blend of technical savvy and sausage-like prose, and you have an interest in Microsoft's DFSR and other storage technologies, then go check him out.

Finally...you've probably noticed the lack of activity here on the AskDS blog. Truthfully, that's been the result of a confluence of events -- Ned's departure, the Holiday season here in the US, and the intense interest in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (and subsequent support calls). Never fear, however! I'm pleased to say that your questions to the blog have been coming in quite steadily, so this week I'll be posting an omnibus edition of the Mail Sack. We also have one or two more posts that will go up between now and the end of the year, so there's that to look forward to. Starting with the new calendar year, we'll get back to a semi-regular posting schedule as we get settled and build our queue of posts back up.

In the mean time, if you have questions about anything you see on the blog, don't hesitate to contact us.

Jonathan "time to make the donuts" Stephens

  • Sausage-like prose?  I'm totally using that someday.  The Doctor Who Christmas special AND The Hobbit are coming up next month!  Yay Christmas!

  • I'm sure he meant it is spicy and loved by all, and not that it's a random collection of gross bits wrapped in an intestinal sheath.

  • NED!  I think I understood about a fourth of your DFSR post...maybe less

  • That's more than I did.

  • ...ummm...what?!?!?

    tamara-linse.blogspot.com/.../writing-prose-is-like-making-sausage.html

  • Luckily this didn't affect us... what a nightmare for the organizations that it did hit though.  Just thinking out loud here, but I suppose if I was running a highly relied-upon time service for organizations all over North America... maybe I'd run two servers syncing from two different sources, and have a system to take them offline if they presented with two wildly different times.

  • Good post