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  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Newfie from the Grave Edition

    Heya, Ned here again. Since this another of those catch up mail sacks, there’s plenty of interesting stuff to discuss. Today we talk NSPI, DFSR, USMT, NT 4.0 (!!!), Win2008/R2 AD upgrades, Black Hat 2010, and Irish people who live on icebergs. Faith and Begorrah! NSPI max sessions per...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 4: A Very Small File Added to Replicated Folder on Windows Server 2008)

    In this scenario we will see a small file copied into the replicated folder and how it is replicated between two servers. This is useful to understand in order to troubleshoot issues where problems within the USN journal, the DFSR JET database, the staging folder structure, and the network (including...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Saturday Edition

    Ned here. As you may have noticed, it is not Friday. You may also have noticed that this post is awesome and packed with many weeks of delayed content goodness. This notice may extend to the fact that I have no life. You notice a lot, don’t you smarty? I cannot imagine someone looking...
  • Blog Post: Customizing file compression in DFSR on Windows Server 2008 (no, not RDC)

    Hi, Ned here. If you’re a regular reader of the Filing Cabinet , you’ve probably already read about all the new features for DFS Replication (DFSR) added in Windows Server 2008. If not, trot on over here and drink your fill. Just to summarize some of these cool new features: ...
  • Blog Post: SYSVOL migration from FRS to DFSR - Whitepaper Released

    Ned here. It's done, it's out, come get it, stop yelling at me! :-) SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication (TechNet Version) SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication (Word Doc Version) Be sure to also run through some of these (possibly) useful accompanying...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Guest Reply Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we talk: CA migration from 1 to 2 tier ADAM/ADLDS P2V ABC 123 Managing AGPM security filters Multiple IIS App pools and Kerberos AGPM multi-domain comparison ADUC domain password weirdness DFSR deletion conflict handling Stale account deletion...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 9: File is Renamed on Windows Server 2003 R2)

    In this scenario we will see a file renamed and how that change is replicated between servers. This is useful to understand in order to troubleshoot issues where problems within the USN journal, the DFSR JET database, and the network (including RPC) are preventing replication from working correctly....
  • Blog Post: Tuning replication performance in DFSR (especially on Win2008 R2)

    Hi all, Ned here again. There are a number of ways that DFSR can be tuned for better performance. This article will go through these configurations and explain the caveats. Even if you cannot deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 - for the absolute best performance - you can at least remove common bottlenecks...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 7: Microsoft Office Word 2007 File Modified on Windows Server 2008)

    In this scenario we will see a Microsoft Word 2007 file modified and how that change is replicated between servers. This is useful to understand in order to troubleshoot issues where problems within the USN journal, the DFSR JET database, the staging folder structure, and the network (including RPC)...
  • Blog Post: Configuring DFSR to a Static Port - The rest of the story

    Ned-san here again. Customers frequently call us about configuring their servers to listen over specific network ports. This is usually to satisfy firewall rules – more on this later. A port in TCP/IP is simply an endpoint to communication between computers. Some are reserved, some are well-known...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 12: Domain Controller Bind and Config Polling on Windows Server 2008)

    In this log we will see the DFSR service being started and follow the process of initialization up to the point where the service is fully functional. This is useful to understand in order to troubleshoot issues where problems within Active Directory, Network Communication, XML reading, or Registry reading...
  • Blog Post: Understanding (the Lack of) Distributed File Locking in DFSR

    Ned here again. Today’s post is probably going to generate some interesting comments. I’m going to discuss the absence of a multi-host distributed file locking mechanism within Windows, and specifically within folders replicated by DFSR. Some Background Distributed File Locking –...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 19: File Blocked Inbound by a File Screen Filter Driver (uses debug severity 5))

    In this scenario we will see an attempted file replication. The downstream partner is running the File Server Resource Manager role with file screens configured and these screens are not matched to the DFSR file filters. The debug log has been set to severity 5 for deeper details than usual. (...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR debug logging (Part 2: Nested Fields, Module ID's)

    Ned here. Part two today covers the nested debug field format and what module ID's mean. If Part 2 makes no sense, you probably haven't read Part 1. Nested Field Format When examining the nested (+) entries it is important to understand all of the fields that can be displayed in the debug logs...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Shut Up Laura Edition

    Hello again folks, Ned here for another grab bag of questions we’ve gotten this week. This late posting thing is turning into a bad habit, but I’ve been an epileptic octopus here this week with all the stuff going on. Too many DFSR questions though, you guys need to ask other stuff! Let’s...
  • Blog Post: DFSR: From UID to File Path in One Easy Step

    Hi, Ned here again. If you have spent any time in the DFSR debug logs, you’ll probably found that getting a file’s full path is a bit of a pain. For example, examine this sample debug log of a file being replicated – see if you find the folder’s path in here anywhere. Go ahead...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 DFSR Features

    Ned here again. The cat is out of the bag now and we're a little more free to talk about DFSR features that are planned (not guaranteed - planned ) to release with Windows Server 2008 R2. Our friends at the File Cabinet blog have posted an excellent writeup - definitely worth a look: DFS Replication...
  • Blog Post: Read-Only Replication in R2

    Ned here again. I’ve been involved with DFSR since its late beta days in 2005. Through good luck and a previous interest in FRS, I decided to take on DFSR as a focus area; when the support cases started rolling in I dealt with most of the issues. My expertise in DFSR is pretty much happenstance...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Walking Tall Edition

    Hello folks, Ned here again. After a week in Las Colinas Texas, the blog migration, and Jonathan’s attempted coup, we are still standing. Since I’m sure your whole day has been designed around this post I won’t keep you waiting. RODC WAN down behavior DFSR and the PDCE RPC...
  • Blog Post: RESTOREDFSR.VBS Version 3 now available

    Hello folks, Ned here again. The infamous restoredfsr.vbs has now been rewritten (thanks for the prodding MLatCC) and it fixes some bad design limits of the older versions that were caused by time constraints and apathy. For those of you have not had the “pleasure” of restoredfsr.vbs : ...
  • Blog Post: Verifying File Replication during the Windows Server 2008 DFSR SYSVOL Migration – Down and Dirty Style

    Hi, Ned here again. You’ve probably already started reading about how Windows Server 2008 now supports using Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) technology to synchronize SYSVOL. This means that the legacy File Replication Service (FRS) is no longer necessary and all the DFSR advantages...
  • Blog Post: Deploying DFSR Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Ned here again. The DFSR development team has posted a new series for anyone wanting top learn more about the new DFSR clustering capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 . It's pretty indepth and walks you through the entire process. Deploying DFS Replication on a Windows Failover Cluster –...
  • Blog Post: File Services Management Pack has been released

    Hello there file server admins and datacenter monitoring gurus, Ned here again. After much skull sweat and gnashing of tooth, the File Services management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 has been released. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3dc6188d-8a4c-4d0b-be85...
  • 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: DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2 and other goodies, now available on the Filecab blog!

    Over at the Filecab blog, AskDS alum and all-around nice guy Ned Pyle has posted the first of several blogs about new features coming your way in Windows Server 2012 R2. If you're a DFS administrator or just curious, go take a look! Ned promises more posts in the near future, and Filecab is near and...