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  • Blog Post: So you have a slow logon…? (Part 2)

    Bob Drake again and welcome back for the second part of the slow logon series. In this next part I want to dive into some simple troubleshooting techniques to assist you in isolating the cause of your slow logon. Click here for part 1! To dissect where it is slow is not that difficult to tackle…...
  • Blog Post: Configuring your PDCE with Alternate Time Sources

    Bob Drake from Microsoft again. Often we see situations where the forest root domain PDCE is configured to acquire time from a specified authoritative NTP source but cannot due to issues outside of the local network (IE: DNS, Routing). Typically the first signs of an issue are errors like Event ID 29...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 0.03 Centuries Old Today

    Three years ago today the AskDS site published its first post and had its first commenter . In the meantime we’ve created 455 articles and we’re now ranked 6th in all of TechNet’s blogs, behind AskPerf , Office2010 , MarkRussinovich , SBS , and HeyScriptingGuy . That’s a pretty amazing group to be lumped...
  • Blog Post: High Accuracy W32time Requirements

    Hello there. I’m Bob Drake from Microsoft’s Directory Services Team. Quite often we get inquiries on how to configure networks for high accuracy time needs. In some cases, customers want the time accurate down to the second. There are a lot of occasions where high accuracy is imperative ...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 12,614,400,000,000,000 shakes old

    It’s been four years and 591 posts since AskDS reached critical mass. You’d hope our party would look like this:  But it’s more likely to be: Without you, we’d be another of those sites that glow red hot, go supernova, then collapse into a white dwarf . We really appreciate your comments, questions...
  • Blog Post: So you have a slow logon…? (Part 1)

    Hi, Bob Drake here again after a short blogging hiatus. I have put this two-part blog post together with hope that it will save you countless hours and a few aspirin when troubleshooting a slow logon. I have had the luxury of working many different slow logon cases and I have to say that these can be...
  • Blog Post: Understanding “Read Only Domain Controller” authentication

    Hello there. Bob Drake here to discuss how Windows Server 2008 “Read Only Domain Controllers” (RODC’s) authenticate users differently from the way Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 standard domain controllers do. The “ Read Only Domain Controller ” is new to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Read-Only Domain Controllers and Account Lockouts

    Hello again - Bob Drake here. Today I will be talking about a particular behavior with account lockouts that might be seen with the introduction of “ Read-Only Domain Controllers ” (RODC's) in Windows Server 2008. Windows 2008 RODC’s are domain controllers that can authenticate users...