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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: Are you backing up ADAM?

    Hi, it's Adam Conkle from the Microsoft Directory Services team. I recently encountered a disaster recovery situation with an ADAM instance where objects were accidentally deleted, and the customer required help performing the restore of those objects from backup. We ran into a major problem that I feel...
  • 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: 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...