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  • Blog Post: Using AD Recycle Bin to restore deleted DNS zones and their contents in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Ned here again. Beginning in Windows Server 2008 R2, Active Directory supports an optional AD Recycle Bin that can be enabled forest-wide. This means that instead of requiring a System State backup and an authoritative subtree restore, a deleted DNS zone can now be recovered on the fly. However, due...
  • Blog Post: Headache Prevention: Install Hotfix 953317 to Prevent DNS Records from Disappearing from Secondary DNS Zones on Windows Server 2008 SP1

    Craig here. We’ve had some nasty cases related to this bug, so it seemed prudent to do our best to increase the awareness of this issue. In a nutshell, the DNS Server service in Windows Server 2008 has a bug that can result in a large number of DNS records disappearing. When those records go missing...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Saturday Edition

    Ned here. As you may have noticed, it is not Friday. You may also have noticed that this post is awesome and packed with many weeks of delayed content goodness. This notice may extend to the fact that I have no life. You notice a lot, don’t you smarty? I cannot imagine someone looking...
  • Blog Post: New DNS and AD DS BPA’s released (or: the most accurate list of DNS recommendations you will ever find from Microsoft)

    Hi folks, Ned here again. We’ve released another wave of Best Practices Analyzer rules for Windows Server 2008 / R2, and if you care about Directory Services you care about these: AD DS rules update Info: Update for the AD DS Best Practices Analyzer rules in Windows Server 2008 R2 Download...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Goat Riding Bambino Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I’m trying to get back into the swing of having a mail sack every week but they can be pretty time consuming to write (hey, all this wit comes at a price!) so I am experimenting with making them a little shorter. This week we talk AD PowerShell secrets, USMT and Profile scalability...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: LeBron is not Jordan Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Today we discuss trusts rules around domain names, attribute uniqueness, the fattest domains we’ve ever seen, USMT data-only migrations, kicking FRS while it’s down, and a few amusing side topics. Scottie, don’t be that way. Go Mavs. Creating trusts...
  • 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: Sites Sites Everywhere…

    …Without a DC to spare! Hey all, this is Sean. You may remember me from a few old ADFS posts . I’m no longer on the Directory Services team but I still do a lot of DS stuff in Premier Field Engineering (PFE). Anyway, I recently ran into a few “interesting” site topologies while in the field. I want to...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack: Beard-Seconds Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again. This week we talk: DC DNS A Records and Web Servers Forwarding Security event log subscriptions Domain password filters Auditing NTLM vs NTLMv2 on Win2003 Programmatically determining if UNC is DFS namespace DFSR and Excel Shared Workbooks DFS, DC,...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Drop the dope, hippy! edition

    Hi all, Ned here again with an actual back to back mail sack. This week we discuss: Running out of USNs and Versions DFSR RDC LAN WAN FWIW AOK NPS and dotted NetBIOS domain names USMT and the case of the failing sourcepriority Revisiting NIC teaming Weird DFSR files MaxConcurrentAPI...
  • Blog Post: Saturday Mail Sack: Because it turns out, Friday night was alright for fighting edition

    Hello all, Ned here again with our first mail sack in a couple months. I have enough content built up here that I actually created multiple posts, which means I can personally guarantee there will be another one next week. Unless there isn't! Today we answer your questions around: Detecting...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack: Charlotte Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned back with a palette-cleansing Mail Sack after this monstrosity . This week we talk about: To customize AD schema or not DC and root hints USMT and the case of the missing apps DFSR and %SYSTEMROOT% More fun with DC Same As Parent domain zone records Speeding up DFSN...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Robert Wagner Edition

    Hello folks, Ned here again. This week, we discuss: Computer and user name uniqueness DFSR file size matters The weird user unlock in ADUC RDC extras USMT versus full disk encryption DFSN and standalone interlink timing DFSR conflict folder growth Other stuff Things have...
  • 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...