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  • Blog Post: I moved my PDCE role and accounts started locking out!

    Hi, David here. We’ve seen a few cases on this now, so I wanted to put the word out and explain why it happens and how you can (very easily) prevent it from happening to you. The scenario: Imagine an ordinary domain admin. Let’s call him Fred. Fred has finally gotten the ok from his...
  • Blog Post: Important Information about Remote Desktop Licensing and Security Advisory 2718704

    Hi folks, Jonathan here. Dave and I wanted to share some important information with you. By now you’ve all been made aware of the Microsoft Security Advisory that was published this past Sunday. If you are a Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services administrator then we have some information...
  • Blog Post: MD5 Signature Hash Deprecation and Your Infrastructure

    Hi everyone, David here with a quick announcement. Yesterday, MSRC announced a timeframe for deprecation of built-in support for certificates that use the MD5 signature hash. You can find more information here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2013/08/13/cryptographic-improvements-in-microsoft...
  • Blog Post: More than you ever wanted to know about Remote Desktop Licensing

    Hey everyone, David here. Here in support, there are certain types of calls that we love to get – because they’re cool or interesting, and when we figure them out, we feel like we’re making the world a better place. These are the calls that prompt us to write long-winded blog posts...
  • Blog Post: Hard Disk Failure Error Messages in AD Replication?

    Hi everyone, David Beach here today. Here’s a fun AD Replication error from Windows Server 2003: Sitename\DCName via RPC DC object GUID: abc12345-6789-0123-4567-890abcdefabc Last attempt @ 2011-03-15 12:15:15 failed, result 1127 (0x467): While accessing the hard disk, a disk operation failed...
  • 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: Default Security Templates in Windows 2008

    Hi, David here again. You might be familiar with Security Templates that we use in Windows 2000 and 2003. The template is sort of the master set of security settings that we apply to a server when you either set it up or configure it using the Security Configuration and Analysis tool. Here in DS we often...
  • 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: ADMT 3.1 Released

    Hi everyone, David here. I just wanted to spread the word that ADMT 3.1 is now available for download . Like all previous versions of ADMT, it’s free to install and use. The big change in this version of the Active Directory Migration Tool is support for migration using Windows Server 2008 domain...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Auditing Changes in Windows 2008

    Hi, Dave here. Auditing is a wonderful tool and we highly recommend that everyone use it on their servers. It can really help out with diagnosing problems and determining the root cause, and of course with protecting your servers and your network. However, over-auditing your servers can be a bad thing...
  • Blog Post: We're back. Did you miss us?

    Hey all, David here. Now that we’ve broken the silence , we here on the DS team felt that we owed you, dear readers, an explanation of some sort. Plus, we wanted to talk about the blog itself, some changes happening for us, and what you should hopefully be able to expect moving forward. So...
  • Blog Post: Port Exhaustion and You (or, why the Netstat tool is your friend)

    Hi, David here. Today I wanted to talk about something that we see all the time here in Directory Services, but that doesn’t usually get a lot of press. It’s a condition we call port exhaustion, and it’s a problem that will cause TCP and UDP communications with other machines over the...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Ports in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the IANA)

    Hi, Dave here. I’m a Support Escalation Engineer in Directory Services out of Charlotte, NC. Recently one of our consultants in the field deployed a Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 domain controller at a branch office to test management scenarios. After doing this, they discovered that the server was...