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  • Blog Post: Sites Sites Everywhere…

    …Without a DC to spare! Hey all, this is Sean. You may remember me from a few old ADFS posts . I’m no longer on the Directory Services team but I still do a lot of DS stuff in Premier Field Engineering (PFE). Anyway, I recently ran into a few “interesting” site topologies while in the field. I want to...
  • Blog Post: DFS Override Referral Ordering, Messing with the Natural Order

    Hi everyone. This is your friendly (debatable) PFE, Mark Renoden again. Today I’m talking about DFS Override Referral Ordering – a seldom-used feature with an interesting benefit. For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll refer to the following Active Directory Site Diagram: For the entire discussion...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Mail Sack: I Hope Your Data Plan is Paid Up Edition

    Hi all, Ned here again with that thing we call love. Blog! I mean blog. I have a ton to talk about now that I have moved to the monthly format, and I recommend you switch to WIFI if you’re on your phone. This round I answer your questions on: Reattaching DCs in Windows Server 2012 DFSR...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Site Topology, Not Just for DCs

    Mark here again. Following a recent experience in the field (yes, Premier Field Engineers leave the office), I thought it’d be useful to discuss Active Directory Topology and how it influences DFS Namespace and DFS Folder referrals. Let’s look at the following environment for the purposes of our discussion...
  • 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...