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  • Blog Post: Because TechNet didn't have enough Active Directory awesomeness already

    Time for a quick lesson in blog history. There'll be a quiz at the end! Ok not really, but some history all the same. Back a few years ago when we here at Microsoft were just starting to get savvy to this whole blog thing, one of our support escalation engineers, Tim Springston , decided to start...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Group Policy - Loads of useful, free stuff released

    Hi, Ned here again. The Microsoft Office 2007 product group has released a terrific new whitepaper that covers the ins and outs of deploying Group Policy settings for Office 2007, and they asked that we share the love with you here from AskDS. The whitepaper covers (in 187 exhaustive pages) recommendations...
  • Blog Post: Command-Line Compression in Core

    Hi, Ned here again. Today I’m going to talk about handling compressed files in Windows Server 2008 running as a Core server. You know, that thing with no pretty graphical interface and just a big command prompt that stares at you, daring you to try some successful administration. Core mode is...
  • Blog Post: Network Properties in a hurry

    Hi. Jim from DS here again to show you how to quickly access the properties of your network interface cards via a custom desktop shortcut. In my previous blog post I put together a lovely “at a glance” reference to launching administrative and system tools from the command line and START...
  • Blog Post: I’m Baaaaaccccck

    Hey all, Ned here again. After a few months of training room huffing, airline food loathing, and PowerPoint shilling, I’m back in Charlotte. I’ve got a backlog of legacy product posts to share from colleagues, and with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 nigh , more new goo coming your way from me and...
  • Blog Post: We're back. Did you miss us?

    Hey all, David here. Now that we’ve broken the silence , we here on the DS team felt that we owed you, dear readers, an explanation of some sort. Plus, we wanted to talk about the blog itself, some changes happening for us, and what you should hopefully be able to expect moving forward. So...
  • Blog Post: Seeing the domains through the forest: What you need to know to build your career in Directory Services technologies

    Hi, Steve again. I thought I would speak through a series of posts about what knowledge is critical to fulfilling the Windows Server Domain Admin role. This topic carries a ton of breadth and depth knowledge. As a beginning, you have to find out where all this knowledge and training is located. My goal...
  • Blog Post: We're hiring!

    Are you looking for an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of Windows Server technology? Do you love supporting and administering Windows environments? Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to develop your skills further? Do you want to be a part of a global team supporting Windows for the...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 63,072,000,000 milliseconds old today

    Two years ago the AskDS blog was created. A few days later we had our first post . A huge thanks to you for all of your questions, comments, and kind words over the years; we really appreciate them. Ned 'Chuck E. Cheese' Pyle
  • Blog Post: Top AskDS Blog Posts

    We’ve been at this for over a year (since August 2007), with more than 100 posts (127 to be exact), so maybe we can indulge in a little metablogging to look back on what we’ve done. First let’s look at the posts that sparked the most conversation – because that is what blogging is all about right...
  • Blog Post: Changes to Professional Level (Non-Premier) Support Model

    Ned here. On October 1, 2008 the Professional level “Enterprise Platforms Support” business at Microsoft will transition to a call-back model for all Professional support incidents in the United States and Canada. Below is a description of how to contact Microsoft customer service, as well...
  • 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: Other Directory Services Blogs

    There are quite a few people out there blogging about AD-related stuff. Below are some I know about. There is an OPML file attached to this post if you just want to import them all into a feed reader (make sure you click through to this post specifically to see the attachment at the bottom). If you...
  • Blog Post: How to Enable Remote Administration of Server Core via MMC using NETSH

    Hello, this is LaNae Wade from the Directory Services team. Windows Server 2008 Core introduces some challenges in administering servers without an explorer shell. Here are some netsh commands that will help you administer your Server Core installation remotely through MMC snap-ins. Allowing Administration...