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  • Blog Post: I moved my PDCE role and accounts started locking out!

    Hi, David here. We’ve seen a few cases on this now, so I wanted to put the word out and explain why it happens and how you can (very easily) prevent it from happening to you. The scenario: Imagine an ordinary domain admin. Let’s call him Fred. Fred has finally gotten the ok from his...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack – I live again edition

    Hello all, Ned here again. After a brief absence, the rocket sled that I use to carry my disembodied head around has brought me back to AskDS headquarters. The coup is over and I have emerged triumphant again. You won’t be hearing from Jonathan until the truth serum wears off. So let’s...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Mail Sack: Yes, I Finally Admit It Edition

    Heya folks, Ned here again. Rather than continue the lie that this series comes out every Friday like it once did, I am taking the corporate approach and rebranding the mail sack. Maybe we’ll have the occasional Collector’s Edition versions. This week month, I answer your questions on: The semi-myth...
  • 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: Mostly Edge Case Edition

    Hello all, Ned here again with this week’s conversations between AskDS and the rest of the world. Today we talk Security, ADWS, FSMO upgrades, USMT, and why “Web 2.0 Internet” is still a poisonous wasteland of gross. Let’s do it to it. Security "compliance" and recommendations...
  • Blog Post: Managing RID Pool Depletion

    Hiya folks, Ned here again. When interviewing a potential support engineer at Microsoft, we usually start with a softball question like “what are the five FSMO roles?” Everyone nails that. Then we ask what each role does. Their face scrunches a bit and they get less assured. “The RID Master… hands out...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: The Gang’s All Here Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and our answers. This is a pretty long one; looks like everyone is back from vacation, winter storms, and hiding from the boss. Today we talk Kerberos, KCC, SPNs, PKI, USN journaling, DFSR, auditing, NDES, PowerShell, SIDs, RIDs, DFSN, and other random goo...
  • Blog Post: The PDCe with too much to do

    Hi. Mark again. As part of my role in Premier Field Engineering, I’m sometimes called upon to visit customers when they have a critical issue being worked by CTS, needing another set of eyes. For today’s discussion, I’m going to talk you through, one such visit. It was a dark and...
  • 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: 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...