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  • Blog Post: Using PORTQRY for troubleshooting

    Hi all, Mark from Directory Services again. This time I would like to talk about one of the many tools that we use in troubleshooting network issues. At times you may see errors such as The RPC server is unavailable or There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper (These error messages...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 0.03 Centuries Old Today

    Three years ago today the AskDS site published its first post and had its first commenter . In the meantime we’ve created 455 articles and we’re now ranked 6th in all of TechNet’s blogs, behind AskPerf , Office2010 , MarkRussinovich , SBS , and HeyScriptingGuy . That’s a pretty amazing group to be lumped...
  • Blog Post: AzMan MMC with a sample application

    Hey everyone, Mark from Directory Services again. Just the other day I ran across something that may be useful to the public. Here in Directory Services we support the Authorization Manager snap-in, aka AzMan.msc . This tool can configure role-based access control on applications using an AzMan store...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 12,614,400,000,000,000 shakes old

    It’s been four years and 591 posts since AskDS reached critical mass. You’d hope our party would look like this:  But it’s more likely to be: Without you, we’d be another of those sites that glow red hot, go supernova, then collapse into a white dwarf . We really appreciate your comments, questions...
  • Blog Post: SQL Bulk Insert - Access is Denied

    Hey all, Mark from DS again. I have found that numerous cases have been opened where Microsoft customers are upgrading from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005. After the upgrade they were attempting to run a bulk insert statement either in the Enterprise Manager or the Management Studio application and getting an...
  • Blog Post: Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log – Part 1

    Hey everyone, this is Mark from the Directory Services team. We get calls all the time where enabling Userenv logging is necessary to see exactly what is happening with group policy and profile loading. If you have ever looked at one it can be confusing to say the least. One thing to remember is that...
  • 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...