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  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Newfie from the Grave Edition

    Heya, Ned here again. Since this another of those catch up mail sacks, there’s plenty of interesting stuff to discuss. Today we talk NSPI, DFSR, USMT, NT 4.0 (!!!), Win2008/R2 AD upgrades, Black Hat 2010, and Irish people who live on icebergs. Faith and Begorrah! NSPI max sessions per...
  • Blog Post: Tuning replication performance in DFSR (especially on Win2008 R2)

    Hi all, Ned here again. There are a number of ways that DFSR can be tuned for better performance. This article will go through these configurations and explain the caveats. Even if you cannot deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 - for the absolute best performance - you can at least remove common bottlenecks...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Shut Up Laura Edition

    Hello again folks, Ned here for another grab bag of questions we’ve gotten this week. This late posting thing is turning into a bad habit, but I’ve been an epileptic octopus here this week with all the stuff going on. Too many DFSR questions though, you guys need to ask other stuff! Let’s...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: They Pull Me Back in Edition

    Hiya world, Ned is back with your best questions and comments. I’ve been off to teach this fall’s MCM , done Win8 stuff , and generally been slacking keeping busy; sorry for the delay in posting. That means a hefty backlog - get ready to slurp. Today we talk: Weirdness with NETDOM...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Unintended Hilarity Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again with another week’s questions, comments, and oddities. This time we’re talking: GPMC inconsistent permissions error ADMT multiple servers DFSR staging calculation performance USMT and MAX_PATH DFSR port 5722 on members Common AD support topics...
  • Blog Post: Get out and push! Getting the most out of DFSR pre-staging

    Hi, Ned here again. Today I am going to explain the inner workings of DFSR pre-staging in Windows Server 2003 R2, debunk some myths, and hand out some best practices. Let’s get started. To begin, this is the last time I will say ‘ pre-staging’ . While the term is commonly used, it’s...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack: I Don’t Like the Taste of Pants Edition

    Hi all, Ned here again. After a few months of talking about Windows Server 2012 to other ‘softies from around the globe, I’m back with the sack. It was great fun – and not over yet, it turns out – but I am finally home for a bit. The only way you don’t know that the next...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – Mogwai Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we hunt down some documentation gremlins and give them a well-deserved smack. Also, things will be a bit slow next week as I will be out in Redmond teaching this rotation of Microsoft Certified Masters . Never heard of it? If you’re at the IT career tipping...
  • Blog Post: Common DFSR Configuration Mistakes and Oversights

    Greetings everyone. Warren here again with a blog post that is a collection of common DFSR issues that I have encountered over the past few years. The goal of this blog post is to list these common DFSR configuration mistakes that have caused problems to prevent you making the same mistake. Knowing what...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Common Causes of Slow Replication with DFSR

    Hi, Ned again. Today I’d like to talk about troubleshooting DFS Replication (i.e. the DFSR service included with Windows Server 2003 R2, not to be confused with the File Replication Service). Specifically, I’ll cover the most common causes of slow replication and what you can do about them...
  • 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: Get-DFSRBacklog PowerShell Script Available

    Hi folks. Our buddy Steve Grinker has posted an excellent sample PowerShell script for retrieving DFSR backlogs over the MS Code Gallery site: Get-DFSRBacklog http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/GetDFSRBacklog It uses WMI to retrieve DFSR Replication Groups, Replicated Folders, Connections, and...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Delicious Ranch Dressing Edition

    Hello Earthlings, Ned here again with this week’s interesting conversations within Microsoft DS support. Today we talk DFSR, ILM, DFSN + VPNs, DNS, group expansion, Applocker, and friggin’ huge files. OG OG OG! DSGET -USER poor performance DFSR with massive files DFS and VPN...
  • 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: WDS and DFSR: Love at First Sync

    Ned here again. Windows Server 2008 introduced a new way to roll out your computers called Windows Deployment Services (WDS). WDS replaces the old Remote Installation Services introduced a decade ago with Windows 2000. By leveraging WDS, you can create image-based deployments, script settings, multicast...
  • Blog Post: How to Determine the Minimum Staging Area DFSR Needs for a Replicated Folder

    Warren here again. This is a quick reference guide on how to calculate the minimum staging area needed for DFSR to function properly. Values lower than these may cause replication to go slowly or stop altogether. Keep in mind these are minimums only . When considering staging area size, remember this...
  • Blog Post: One stop shopping for DFSR and DFSN recommended hotfixes

    Hi, Ned here again. We have put up a new(ish) KB article that will allow you to always see the latest recommended hotfixes for DFSR and DFSN. I also updated the ever popular 'Top 10 Common Causes of Slow Replication with DFSR ' blog post to reflect this, and I hope you make this a favorite going forward...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Anchors Aweigh Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again. I finally have an editor that allows anchors on all the questions, so I am adding a quasi “table of contents” for these posts that allow easier navigation and linking. I’ll retrofit all the old mail sack articles too… eventually. This week we discuss...
  • Blog Post: Five Common Causes of “Waiting for the DFS Replication service to retrieve replication settings from Active Directory”

    Ned here again. When setting up Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) on Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008, it’s fairly common to hear the following from a customer: “I setup DFSR a few hours ago, but it does not seem to be configured on all the servers” “I...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: General Lejeune Edition

    Hello everybody, Ned here again to share some conversations. This week I talk some SMB security, domain renames, file compression, and DFSR DFSR DFSR! Domain rename registry key orphans and determining if a rename ever happened DFSR compression recommendations for Office 2007+ "Server SPN...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Get Off My Lawn Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I know this is supposed to be the Friday Mail Sack but things got a little hectic and... ah heck, it doesn't need explaining, you're in IT. This week - with help from the ever-crotchety Jonathan Stephens - we talk about: Multiple WMI Filters LDAP MaxPoolThreads Many...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – Big Picture Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Here are this week’s sample of interesting questions sent to AskDS. RID pool info NT 4.0 and Exchange 5.5 DFSR staging quota Question Is there a way to see information about the available RID pool for a domain? Answer Yes, with the attribute...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Barbados Edition

    Hello world, Ned here again. I’m back to write this week’s mail sack – just in time to be gone for the next two weeks on vacation and work travel . In the meantime Jonathan and Scott will be running the show, so be sure to spam the heck out of them with whatever tickles you. This week...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Support Statement Around Replicated User Profile Data

    [Note from Ned: this article was created and vetted by the Microsoft development teams for DFS Replication, DFS Namespaces, Offline Files, Folder Redirection, Roaming User Profiles, and Home Folders. Due to some TechNet publishing timelines, it was decided to post here in the interim. This article will...