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  • Blog Post: So You Want to Upgrade to Windows 2008 Domain Controllers (ADPREP)

    Hi all, Rob Newhouse here and today I am talking about upgrading your domain to Windows Server 2008 and what you may see in the process, plus a couple of tips to make your transition a smooth one. This post will show the proper use of ADPREP and what to expect when you are running it. ADPREP is broken...
  • Blog Post: Forced Demotion of a Windows Server 2008 Core Domain Controller

    Ned here again. Today's post is short and sweet, but when you need this one you will need it fast and we don't have this publically documented anywhere on TechNet (yet). Since Windows 2000 SP4, it has been possible to forcibly demote Domain Controllers using the DCPROMO /FORCEREMOVAL command. You...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Super Slo-Mo Edition

    Hello folks, Ned here again with another Mail Sack. Before I get rolling though, a quick public service announcement: Plenty of you have downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview and are knee-deep in the new goo . We really want your feedback, so if you have comments, please use one of the following...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Wahoo Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we talk GUI metadata cleanup, your useless manager (attributes), USMT abandonment and weight issues, the meaning of the DFSR nothing state, and the usual “other stuff.” Metadata cleanup when moving DCs The Manager and ManagedBy attributes Overriding...
  • Blog Post: The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet.

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Despite the reputation for cutting edge technology, a lot of IT departments can get stuck in the now or worse, the past. Since it’s a new year, a new economy, and winter is coming to a close, here are some articles you should find interesting if you are looking to the...
  • Blog Post: What does DCDIAG actually… do?

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I recently wrote a KB article about some expected DCDIAG.EXE behaviors . This required reviewing DCDIAG.EXE as I wasn’t finding anything deep in TechNet about the “Services” test that had my interest. By the time I was done, I had found a dozen other test behaviors...