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  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Guest Reply Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we talk: CA migration from 1 to 2 tier ADAM/ADLDS P2V ABC 123 Managing AGPM security filters Multiple IIS App pools and Kerberos AGPM multi-domain comparison ADUC domain password weirdness DFSR deletion conflict handling Stale account deletion...
  • Blog Post: ADAM - Saved event logs show "The description for event ID... cannot be found"

    Hi, Ned here again. Today’s post is a quickie, here’s the scenario: Summary You are troubleshooting ADAM or AD LDS, probably running on a computer you don’t directly administer. Someone has asked you to examine the saved event logs to see if you can determine what’s going...
  • Blog Post: AD LDS Schema Files Demystified

    Hi, Russell here. When installing Active Directory Lightweight Domain Services (AD LDS) instances, it is quite possible to paint oneself into a corner rather quickly. That’s because LDS comes with minimal schema definitions. To truly make LDS useful to your applications, one must have an understanding...
  • Blog Post: ADAMSync + (AD Recycle Bin OR searchFlags) = "FUN"

    Hello again ADAMSyncers! Kim Nichols here again with what promises to be a fun and exciting mystery solving adventure on the joys of ADAMSync and AD Recycle Bin (ADRB) for AD LDS. The goal of this post is two-fold: Explain AD Recycle Bin for AD LDS and how to enable it Highlight an issue that...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008 R2: Managing AD LDS using the AD PowerShell Module

    Hello it’s LaNae again. Now that Windows 2008 R2 is available we get to use the coolness of PowerShell with AD LDS. When you install the AD LDS role on a Windows 2008 R2 server it will also install the AD PowerShell module. Unfortunately the documentation in the help files for each cmdlet does not...
  • Blog Post: Viewing ADLDS traffic with Netmon – where is my LDAP?

    Hi, its Linda Taylor here from the UK Directory Services Team! I have decided to make a return to the blog to show you a nice tip on how make Network traffic from ADLDS (Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services) look more readable…or in other words - to enable Netmon to parse it as LDAP. Note...
  • Blog Post: One stop Audit shop for ADAM and ADLDS

    Hello, Linda Taylor here, I am an Escalation Engineer in the Directory Services support team in the UK. I do a lot of work with ADAM and ADLDS. One of frequent subjects for questions for ADAM/ADLDS is around auditing. We have lots of very good documents on TechNet about ADAM and ADLDS which briefly mention...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Export the Configuration Container in ADAM & AD LDS Using LDIFDE

    Hi, Russell here. I’m a member of the Microsoft Texas Directory Services Team. I specialize in all things LDAP, with particular focus on 3 rd Party LDAP Client interop, ADAM & AD LDS, Directory Service Schemas, Indexing, and LDAP Query Performance Tuning. We recently had a customer who had "inherited...
  • Blog Post: Link-Pairs and Configuring Bridgeheads in ADAM/ADLDS

    Well, hello there AskDS readers. "Terrible" Tim Springston here with a little cross-posting blog action requested by my BFF Ned Pyle . Occasionally we come across things that are not so well documented. One of those is the ADAM or Lightweight Directory Services series of steps needed to configure...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – It’s About To Get Real Edition

    Hello Terra, it’s Ned here again. Before I get rolling, a big announcement: On May 16th all the MSDN and TechNet blogs are being migrated to a new platform. This will get us back in line with modern blogging software, and include new features, better search, more user customization, and generally...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Charlotte Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned back with a palette-cleansing Mail Sack after this monstrosity . This week we talk about: To customize AD schema or not DC and root hints USMT and the case of the missing apps DFSR and %SYSTEMROOT% More fun with DC Same As Parent domain zone records Speeding up DFSN...
  • Blog Post: Service Connection Points (SCPs) and ADAM/AD LDS

    Introduction Hello, it’s LaNae again. A major issue I see when customers call in regarding ADAM/AD LDS is around the creation of Service Connection Points and why they are needed. Let’s take a further look into this topic and uncover the mystery of this object. What are Service Connection Points...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Get Off My Lawn Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I know this is supposed to be the Friday Mail Sack but things got a little hectic and... ah heck, it doesn't need explaining, you're in IT. This week - with help from the ever-crotchety Jonathan Stephens - we talk about: Multiple WMI Filters LDAP MaxPoolThreads Many...
  • Blog Post: ADAMSync 101

    Hi Everyone, Kim Nichols here again, and this time I have an introduction to ADAMSync. I take a lot of cases on ADAM and AD LDS and have seen a number of problems arise from less than optimally configured ADAMSync XML files. There are many sources of information on ADAM/AD LDS and ADAMSync (I'll include...
  • Blog Post: Determine Applied Schema Extensions with AD DS/LDS Schema Analyzer

    Hey, Chris here. I recently had a case where the customer wanted to determine what Schema Extensions have been made to their schema. I decided to do this via an excellent utility called the AD DS/LDS Schema Analyzer. The AD DS/LDS Schema Analyzer is a tool that is part of Active Directory Lightweight...
  • Blog Post: How to Decommission an ADAM/ADLDS server and Add Additional Servers

    Hello, LaNae here again. Recently I worked with a customer that was looking for a comprehensive document that outlined the steps for decommissioning a server that had an ADAM/ADLDS instance installed on it. I along with the customer realized there is no such document and you have to piece together multiple...