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  • Blog Post: Using AD Recycle Bin to restore deleted DNS zones and their contents in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Ned here again. Beginning in Windows Server 2008 R2, Active Directory supports an optional AD Recycle Bin that can be enabled forest-wide. This means that instead of requiring a System State backup and an authoritative subtree restore, a deleted DNS zone can now be recovered on the fly. However, due...
  • Blog Post: Working with Certificates in Active Directory PowerShell

    http://blogs.msdn.com/adpowershell/archive/2009/04/26/working-with-certificates.aspx
  • Blog Post: ADWS has been released for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003

    Ned here. The beta is over, and the new AD Web Service service introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to the world for downlevel OS's. ADWS allows AD PowerShell to connect to domain controllers and do... work. It also allows the new AD Administration Center - which is a kissing cousin...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Carl Sandburg Edition

    Hi folks, Jonathan again. Ned is taking some time off visiting his old stomping grounds – the land of Mother-in-Laws and heart-breaking baseball. Or, as Sandburg put it: “ Hog Butcher for the World , Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Goat Riding Bambino Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I’m trying to get back into the swing of having a mail sack every week but they can be pretty time consuming to write (hey, all this wit comes at a price!) so I am experimenting with making them a little shorter. This week we talk AD PowerShell secrets, USMT and Profile scalability...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Mothers day pfffft… when is son’s day?

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been a little while since the last sack, but I have a good excuse: I just finished writing a poop ton of Windows Server 2012 depth training that our support folks around the world will use to make your lives easier (someday). If I ever open MS Word again it will be...
  • Blog Post: The AD Recycle Bin: Understanding, Implementing, Best Practices, and Troubleshooting

    Ned here again. Starting in Windows Server 2008 R2, Active Directory now implements a true recycle bin. No longer will you need an authoritative restore to recover deleted users, groups, OU’s, or other objects. Instead, it is now possible to use PowerShell commands to bring back objects with all...
  • Blog Post: Breaking Down DCDiag.exe to an Object with PowerShell

    An interesting take on “parse and pray” with PowerShell against a DCDIAG output text file. http://bsonposh.com/archives/723
  • Blog Post: Inventorying Computers with AD PowerShell

    Hi, Ned here again. Have you ever had to figure out what operating systems are running in your domain environment so that you can plan for upgrades, service pack updates, or support lifecycle transitions? Did you know that you don’t have to connect to any of the computers to find out? It’s...
  • 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: Friday Mail Sack: Best Post This Year Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here and welcoming you to 2012 with a new Friday Mail Sack. Catching up from our holiday hiatus, today we talk about: Disabling Administrative Shares Making Get-ADDomainController useful’er Kerberos group bloat USMT moving profiles back from other disks The DFSR...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – While the Ned’s Away Edition

    Hello Internet! Last week, Ned said there wouldn’t be a Mail Sack this week because he was going to be out of town. Well, the DS team was sitting around during our “Ned is out of our hair for a few days” party and we decided that since this is a Team Blog after all, we’d go ahead...
  • Blog Post: Saturday Mail Sack: Because it turns out, Friday night was alright for fighting edition

    Hello all, Ned here again with our first mail sack in a couple months. I have enough content built up here that I actually created multiple posts, which means I can personally guarantee there will be another one next week. Unless there isn't! Today we answer your questions around: Detecting...
  • Blog Post: What's Causing that DFSR Change Storm?

    [This is another guest post from our pal Mark in Oz. Even if you don’t care about DFSR, I highly recommend this post; it teaches some very clever log analysis techniques, useful in a variety of troubleshooting scenarios – The Neditor] Hi there! It’s Mark Renoden – Premier Field Engineer in Sydney, Australia...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Shell game

    Here's the scenario, you just downloaded the RTM ISO for Windows Server 2012 using your handy, dandy, "wondermus" Microsoft TechNet subscription . Using Hyper-V, you create a new virtual machine, mount the ISO and breeze through the setup screen until you are mesmerized by the Newton's cradle -like experience...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – It’s About To Get Real Edition

    Hello Terra, it’s Ned here again. Before I get rolling, a big announcement: On May 16th all the MSDN and TechNet blogs are being migrated to a new platform. This will get us back in line with modern blogging software, and include new features, better search, more user customization, and generally...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: The Gang’s All Here Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and our answers. This is a pretty long one; looks like everyone is back from vacation, winter storms, and hiding from the boss. Today we talk Kerberos, KCC, SPNs, PKI, USN journaling, DFSR, auditing, NDES, PowerShell, SIDs, RIDs, DFSN, and other random goo...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Cluedo Edition

    Hello there folks, it's Ned . I’ve been out of pocket for a few weeks and I am moving to a new role here, plus Scott and Jonathan are busy as #$%#^& too, so that all adds up to the blog suffering a bit and the mail sack being pushed a few times. Never fear, we’re back with some goodness...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – Tweener Clipart Comics Edition

    Hey folks, Ned here again. For those keeping score, you’ve probably noticed the full-on original article content has been a bit thin in the past few weeks. We have some stuff in the draft pipeline so hang in there. In the meantime, here’s a weeks worth of.. stuff. I like to move it, move...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell remoting and delegating user credentials

    Hey all Rob Greene here again. Yeah, I know, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything for you good people of the Internet. I recently had an interesting issue with the Active Directory Web Services and the Active Directory Windows PowerShell 2.0 modules in Windows 7 and Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Fun with the AD Administrative Center

    Hi folks, Ned here again. We introduced the AD Administrative Center in Windows Server 2008 R2 to much fanfare. Wait, I mean we told no one and for good measure, we left the old AD Users and Computers tool in-place. Then we continued referencing it in all our documentation. And people say we're a marketing...