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  • Blog Post: SYSVOL migration from FRS to DFSR - Whitepaper Released

    Ned here. It's done, it's out, come get it, stop yelling at me! :-) SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication (TechNet Version) SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication (Word Doc Version) Be sure to also run through some of these (possibly) useful accompanying...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: I Have No Idea What to Call This Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here with a slightly late Mail Sack coming your way. Today we discuss reading event logs, PowerShell, FSMO, DFSR, DFSN, GCs, virtualization, RDC, LDAP queries, DPM, SYSVOL migration, and Netmon. Do it. LogParser and Win2008 R2 security event logs DFS virtualization support...
  • Blog Post: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 4: Disk Swap)

    Hello folks, Ned here again. Previously I covered how to use an N+1 server placement method to migrate an existing DFSR environment to new hardware or operating system. Now I will show you how to replace servers in an existing Replication Group using the disk swap method. Make sure you review the...
  • Blog Post: DFSRMIG and the Connection Gremlin

    Ned here again. I recently came across a peculiar SYSVOL migration behavior with DFSR, and I thought I’d fill you in so you don’t chase your tail on this someday. The Scenario You can migrate Windows Server 2008 SYSVOL share from using legacy FRS to DFSR. You begin the migration by...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Mothers day pfffft… when is son’s day?

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been a little while since the last sack, but I have a good excuse: I just finished writing a poop ton of Windows Server 2012 depth training that our support folks around the world will use to make your lives easier (someday). If I ever open MS Word again it will be...
  • Blog Post: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 3: N+1 Method)

    Hello readers, Ned here again. In the previous two blog posts I discussed planning for DFSR server replacements and how to ensure you are properly pre-seeding data. Now I will show how to replace servers in an existing Replication Group using the N+1 Method to minimize interruption. Make sure you...
  • Blog Post: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 2: Pre-seeding)

    Ned here again. Previously I discussed options for performing a hardware or OS replacement within an existing DFSR Replication Group. As part of that process you may end up seeding a new server’s disk with data from an existing server. Pre-seeded files exactly match the copies on an upstream server...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: It’s a Dog’s Life Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with some possibly interesting, occasionally entertaining, and always unsolicited Friday mail sack. This week we talk some: DNS partition absence Controlling DCDIAG event messaging Inventorying SYSVOL replication architecture Weird WMI DFSR volume paths Tightening...
  • Blog Post: Important DFSR SYSVOL migration KB's you should be reading

    Ned here (back from vacation, so don't worry - I'm getting to comments and emails as quickly as I can). If you are planning on doing a DFSR SYSVOL migration, please make sure you give the following KB's a thorough read before starting: SYSVOL migration to DFSR unnecessarily replicates or conflicts...
  • Blog Post: FRS to DFSR migration guide published

    Hi all, Ned here. A new Technet operations guide has been published that walks you through how to migrate from FRS to DFSR for non-SYSVOL folders running on Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows 2008: DFS Operations Guide: Migrating from FRS to DFS Replication http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Series Wrap-up and Downloads - Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS

    Hey all, Ned here again. Here is the complete set of DFSR upgrade and migration docs: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 1: Planning) Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 2: Pre-seeding) Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 3: N+1 Method) Replacing DFSR Member Hardware...
  • Blog Post: The Case for Migrating SYSVOL to DFSR

    Hello folks, Ned here again. Recently I was asked to provide a technical assessment of the risks of continuing to use the File Replication Service (FRS) and the benefits of migrating to DFSR, all regarding SYSVOL on domain controllers. I thought I’d find a decent set of documentation on TechNet, polish...
  • Blog Post: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 5: Reinstall and Upgrade)

    Hello folks, Ned here again. Previously I explained how swapping out existing storage can be a method to migrate an existing DFSR environment to new hardware or operating system. Now in this final article I will discuss how reinstallation or an in-place upgrade can be used to deploy a later version of...
  • Blog Post: Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 1: Planning)

    Hello folks, Ned here again to kick off a new five-part series on DFSR. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the warming of economies, and the timing of hardware leases, we have started seeing more questions around replacing servers within existing DFSR Replication Groups. Through the series...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: “Who am I kidding, more like Monthly” Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with another tri-weekly Friday Mail Sack. This time we talk service auditing, trust creation, certificates and USMT, SYSVOL migration with RODCs, DFS stuff, RPC and firewalls, virtualization, and the zombie corpse of FRS. Shoot it in the head! Trusts prompting for credentials...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: The Year 3000 Edition

    Hello all, Ned here again. Today we talk DCDIAG, DFSN, DFSR, group policy, user profiles, migrations, USMT, and the fuuuuuuturrrrrrrrre. DCDIAG failing RPCSS test Disabling DFS targets via command-line RSOP.MSC errors on Win7 The future of AD MIGAPP.XML compatibility between USMT 3...