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  • Blog Post: How to Virtualize Active Directory Domain Controllers (Part 2)

    Hello everyone, this is Shravan from the Active Directory team and Jason from the System Center VMM team here at Microsoft. This is part 2 of the blog series where we discuss how to migrate Active Directory domain controllers to a virtualized system. Last time we discussed how to plan for moving the...
  • Blog Post: Userenv 1054 events as a result of time-stamp counter drift on Windows Server 2003 guests running in Hyper-V

    Hello everyone, Brian here. I was working with a colleague on an issue in which the customer was receiving the following Userenv event in their application event logs: (Event ID 1054) Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (An unexpected network error occurred.)....
  • Blog Post: Done

    Ned here. Windows 7 client, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Standalone are RTM. Read more here on when you can get what, and other high-fiving amongst ourselves: Microsoft Press Pass When will you get Windows 7 RTM? Windows Server Division blog announcement ...
  • Blog Post: ....And knowing is half the battle!

    Jonathan here. Chuck Timon over on the AskCore blog has a new post that you folks testing with Windows Server 2012 should know about. If you're playing around with Hyper-V, do yourself a favor and have a read before you call Support. Logon Failures Involving Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2012...
  • 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: DC’s and VM’s – Avoiding the Do-Over

    Hello everyone, Mark from DS again. With more and more companies using virtualization, such as Microsoft Virtual Server, Server 2008 Hyper-V or VMWare, in their environments these days you may end up in the following situation I recently worked on: 1) Customer wanted to roll back one of his DC’s in his...
  • Blog Post: How to Virtualize Active Directory Domain Controllers (Part 1)

    Hello Everyone, this is Shravan from the Active Directory team and Jason from the System Center VMM team here at Microsoft. We will be discussing a scenario that comes up often: how to migrate active directory domain controllers to a virtualized system. Why Now? Reduce Cost! Reduce Cost! Reduce...
  • 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: Windows 8 for the IT Pro: The New Plumbing

    Hi folks, Ned coming to you from the secret underground redoubt, where the cable is out, the wife is at grad school , and the dogs are napping as autumn finally reaches North Carolina. I’m not a fan of blog posts that only aggregate links and don’t offer original thought. Today I make...
  • 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: 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...