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  • Blog Post: DFSR: Limiting the Number of Imported Replicated Folders when using DB cloning

    Hello! Warren here to talk about a very specific scenario involving the new DB cloning feature added to DFSR in Windows Server 2012 R2. The topic is how to limit or control which RFs you import on the import server in a DB cloning scenario. Ned Pyle has already covered in detail the topic of DB cloning...
  • 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: Recovering from Unsupported One-Way Replication in DFSR Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008.

    Warren here again. The purpose of this blog post is to outline the proper steps to move from an unsupported one-way replication deployment when using DFSR from Windows 2003 R2 and Windows 2008 to a supported configuration of two-way replication. Before we get started, here is some good news. Starting...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – Cup Runneth Over Edition

    Hello there fellow humanoids, Ned here again. Last week the Mail Sack was a bit thin. This week I had to wrestle it under control. If your interesting question doesn’t show up here, it may just be in the backlog – nothing personal, cobber, maybe next week. Let’s move out. Accidental...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – Missed Week Edition

    Hiya folks. The mail sack was a no-show last week since I was out of town; I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. If not… well, you get what you pay for. To make up for it, this one is longer than usual. Here are some interesting issues from the past two weeks (both from the Internet...
  • 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: How DFSR Handles the Schedule Closing

    Ned here. A short while ago I got an excellent question from one of our readers via our email form . To paraphrase: “We are designing our new DFS Replication topology for data collection of remote backups. We plan on replicating this data during off hours. These files will be very large (10GB...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: New DFSR Data Restoration Script

    Hi, Ned here. Just a quick heads up - there is a new DFSR data recovery script posted below. This allows you to restore data from the ConflictAndDeleted or PreExisting folders within DFSR, primarily during disaster recovery. As always, we prefer you use your backup system to do this, as the script is...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Dang, This Year Went Fast Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and comments. This week we talk: AD Garbage Collection behavior Applying Group Policy based on installed roles and features Apple hates .local domains More on auto site coverage from Lurch Fixing the mysteriously bad CPU performance of brand...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Followup - more info on the new SCOM 2007 Management Pack for DFSR

    Hey all, Ned here again. Mahesh from the DFSR development team has new posts up on the System Center Operations Manager 2007 management pack that was released for DFSR. Give them a read, Mahesh always writes good stuff. Installing the management pack Importing the management pack Configuring...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (part 13: A New Replication Group and Replicated Folder between two Windows Server 2008 members)

    In this scenario we will see a new Replication Group and Replicated Folder created. The upstream replicated folder will contain a few files that do not yet exist on the downstream member. This is useful to understand as one of the most common troubleshooting areas in DFSR is the actual configuration...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR Debug Logging (Part 1: Logging Levels, Log Format, GUID’s)

    Ned here again. Today begins a 21-part series on using the DFSR debug logs to further your understanding of Distributed File System Replication. While there are specific troubleshooting scenarios that will be covered, the most important part of understanding any products logging is making sure you are...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: No Redesign Edition

    Hello folks, Ned here again. Today we talk PDCs, DFSN, DFSR, AGPM, authentication, PowerShell, Kerberos, event logs, and other random goo. Let’s get to it. PDCE and user auth DFSR full mesh recommendations Access Denied when delegating Kerberos Clearing Event Logs en mass Where...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Content Freshness protection in DFSR

    Hi all, Ned here again. Starting in Windows Server 2008 and continuing in Windows Server 2008 R2, DFSR supports a protective mechanism called “Content Freshness”. Today I’ll discuss this protection, how to implement it, and what to do when it swings into operation. Background ...
  • 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: File Services Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 – Beta now open

    Hi all, Ned here again. We’ve gotten word that the SCOM 2007 management pack for file services has reached beta and is available to the public on our Connect site. Here’s the info: Overview The File Services Team is proud to announce the beta release of our File Services Management...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Scooter Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s that time where we look back on the more interesting questions and comments the DS team got this week. Today we talk about FRS, AD Users and Computers, Load-Balancers, DFSR, DFSN, AD Schema extension, virtualization, and Scott Goad. Let’s ride! FRS...
  • Blog Post: RunAs Radio Interview (or: Hear Monkey Boy Speak!)

    Hi all, Ned here again. The wonderful folks at RunAs Radio recorded a 30-minute audio interview with yours truly a few weeks ago and it’s now available for streaming and download . RunAs Radio is a weekly Internet audio talk show for MS IT Pros and has been around for almost four years. With nearly...
  • 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...
  • 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: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 4: A Very Small File Added to Replicated Folder on Windows Server 2008)

    In this scenario we will see a small file copied into the replicated folder and how it is replicated between two servers. This is useful to understand in order to troubleshoot issues where problems within the USN journal, the DFSR JET database, the staging folder structure, and the network (including...