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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: Verifying File Replication during the Windows Server 2008 DFSR SYSVOL Migration – Down and Dirty Style

    Hi, Ned here again. You’ve probably already started reading about how Windows Server 2008 now supports using Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) technology to synchronize SYSVOL. This means that the legacy File Replication Service (FRS) is no longer necessary and all the DFSR advantages...
  • Blog Post: Restrictions for Unauthenticated RPC Clients: The group policy that punches your domain in the face

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Around six years ago we released Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003. Like Windows XP SP2, it was a security-focused update. It was the first major server update since the Trustworthy Computing initiative began so there were things like a bootstrapping firewall, Data Execution...
  • Blog Post: FRS to DFSR Migration Tool Released

    Heya, Ned here again. I am out of my barrel and on the road again this week, coming to you live from Las Colinas Texas. As you may have noticed, I recently wrote a TechNet Whitepaper on how to migrate your old custom FRS data to DFSR. Hopefully that's been useful. In the meantime though, Mike Stephens...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Now with 100% more words

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been nearly a month since the last Mail Sack post so I’ve built up a good head of steam. Today we discuss FRS, FSMO, Authentication, Authorization, USMT, DFSR, VPN, Interactive Logon, LDAP, DFSN, MS Certified Masters, Kerberos, and other stuff. Plus a small...
  • 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: Ultrasound released for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005

    Ned here with a quick blurb: The latest version of the Ultrasound tool has been released to the web. This version adds support for monitoring FRS on Windows Server 2008 and allows the use of SQL Server 2005 for hosting the Ultrasound database. No other new features have been added in this version...
  • Blog Post: How to get the most from your FRSDiag…

    Hello all, its Randy here again. The File Replication Service (FRS) is a technology used to synchronize data between several data shares on different computers and often in different sites throughout an organization. Any change made to the FRS data is updated on all the partners that share this replication...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the behavior differences of SYSVOL replication in Windows Server 2008 RODCs

    Hi, Ned here again. Are you tired of me blogging about DFSR and FRS yet? If so, stop reading. :) Today I am going to describe the architectural differences of SYSVOL replication on Read-Only Domain Controllers in Windows Server 2008 – FRS versus DFSR. This makes another good case for taking...
  • Blog Post: Disk Image Backups and Multi-Master Databases (or: how to avoid early retirement)

    Hi folks, Ned here again. We published a KB a while back around the dangers of using virtualized snapshots with DFSR: Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) no longer replicates files after restoring a virtualized server's snapshot Customers have asked me some follow up questions I address...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack: Geek Week Edition

    Hey all, Ned here again. Welcome back from Christmas, New Years, etc. Today we talk some BitLocker, SSL, DFS, FRS, MS news, and some geeky goo. Despite us being offline for the past few weeks, we weren’t deluged with new questions – glad you took some time off, you deserved it. Yoink!...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack: Cluedo Edition

    Hello there folks, it's Ned . I’ve been out of pocket for a few weeks and I am moving to a new role here, plus Scott and Jonathan are busy as #$%#^& too, so that all adds up to the blog suffering a bit and the mail sack being pushed a few times. Never fear, we’re back with some goodness...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...