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  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Tuesday To You Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s a long weekend here in the United States, so today I talk to you tell myself about a domain join issue one can only see in Win7/R2 or later, what USMT hard link migrations really do, how to poke LDAP in legacy PowerShell, time zone migration, and an emerging issue...
  • Blog Post: So you have a slow logon…? (Part 2)

    Bob Drake again and welcome back for the second part of the slow logon series. In this next part I want to dive into some simple troubleshooting techniques to assist you in isolating the cause of your slow logon. Click here for part 1! To dissect where it is slow is not that difficult to tackle…...
  • 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: Peevish Nediquette Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week I talk about Vista’s hidden AD schema, SYSVOL migration mission control, kick-starting cached logon performance, USMT c'est la vie, foul-mouthed NetBIOS, DFSR do-over, and the usual random goo. What to do with a Version 39 (Vista Beta) AD Schema When...
  • 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: New Slow Logon, Slow Boot Troubleshooting Content

    Hi all, Ned here again. We get emailed here all the time about issues involving delays in user logons. Often enough that, a few years back, Bob wrote a multi-part article on the subject. Taking it to the next level, some of my esteemed colleagues have created a multi-part TechNet Wiki series on understanding...
  • Blog Post: Temporary User Profiles and the Citrix ICA Client

    Howdy folks, Scott Goad again to talk about an issue that I thought you might find useful. I recently worked with a customer who opened a case for an intermittent profile issue. Windows XP workstations would not load the local profile, resulting in the user receiving a temporary profile. The issue...
  • 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: So you have a slow logon…? (Part 1)

    Hi, Bob Drake here again after a short blogging hiatus. I have put this two-part blog post together with hope that it will save you countless hours and a few aspirin when troubleshooting a slow logon. I have had the luxury of working many different slow logon cases and I have to say that these can be...
  • Blog Post: Forcing Afterhours User Logoffs

    Mike here and today I want to answer a common customer request—how to force users to logoff at the end of the day. The scenario requires a bit of an explanation, so let’s get started. Let’s recognize the value of forcing users to logoff at the end of their work day, rather than simply...
  • Blog Post: Windows Event Log Service is Not Starting… and my domain is down!

    Hi everybody, Scott Goad here to discuss an issue that I worked recently where the customer was unable to logon to the domain. The end result was a group policy preference setting, so enjoy the read. The issue occurred after a change was made to set a group policy preference item to change the clock...