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  • Blog Post: An Update about the Windows 8.1 Update

    Hi everyone, David here. Today over at the Springboard series blog we announced some important news that applies to anyone who has been trying to roll out the Windows 8.1 update in an enterprise environment. We don’t usually do announcements about things being covered by other Microsoft blogs,...
  • Blog Post: Options for Managing Go to Desktop or Start after Sign in in Windows 8.1

    Hi, David here. Over the past year we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our customers about the pain of changing from older versions of Windows over to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. While it’s a great OS with a lot of compelling features, it’s a big change – and as any desktop administrator...
  • Blog Post: Adding shortcuts on desktop using Group Policy Preferences in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

    Hi All! My name is Saurabh Koshta and I am with the Core Team at Microsoft. Currently I work in the client space so supporting all aspects of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is my primary role. We very often get calls from customers who are evaluating Windows 8/Windows 8.1 for deployment, but are concerned...
  • Blog Post: More Central Access Policies blogging happening

    Hi all, Ned here. Our friend Nir has another new DAC-related post up , this time on the File Cab blog: Getting started with Central Access Policies - Reducing security group complexity and achieving data access compliance using Dynamic Access Control If you need a reason to go read this, consider...
  • Blog Post: Let the Blogging begin…

    Hello AskDS Readers. Mike here again. If you notice, Ned posted one of our first Windows Server 2012 RTM blogs a while back ( Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012 ). Yes friends, the gag order has been lifted and we are allowed to spout mountains of technical goodness about Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Management Improvements in Windows Server "8" Beta

    Hi all, Ned here again. If you've been supporting group policy for years, you’ve grown used to its behaviors. For something designed to manage an enterprise, its initial implementation wasn’t easy to manage itself. The Group Policy Management Console improved this greatly after Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Standardizing Dynamic Access Control Configuration – Exporting and Importing Dynamic Access Control objects between Active Directory Forests

    [This is a guest post from Joe Isenhour, a Senior Program Manager in Windows Server. You may remember him from his previous ADFS claims rule post . If you are not yet up to speed on the DAC security suite in Windows Server 2012, I recommend our own Mike Stephens’ treatise Understand and Troubleshoot...
  • 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: Dynamic Access Control intro on Windows Server blog

    Hey all, Ned here with a quick “xerox” post: the Dynamic Access Control developers have released a good intro on their octo-feature through the Windows Server Blog: Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control It’s written by Nir Ben-Zvi, a Program Manager on the Windows Server development...
  • Blog Post: Come get Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

    Ned here. Go there: Download Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Datacenter (ISO and VHD images) Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 Release Preview (includes USMT 5.0) Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview...
  • Blog Post: Roaming Profile Compatibility - The Windows 7 to Windows 8 Challenge

    [Editor's note: Everything Mark mentions for Windows 8 clients here is also true for Windows 8.1 clients. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 clients use the same (v3) profile version, so the 8.1 upgrade will not prevent this from happening if you have roaming profiles in your environment. Something to be aware...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 for the IT Pro: The New Plumbing

    Hi folks, Ned coming to you from the secret underground redoubt, where the cable is out, the wife is at grad school , and the dogs are napping as autumn finally reaches North Carolina. I’m not a fan of blog posts that only aggregate links and don’t offer original thought. Today I make...
  • Blog Post: Updated Group Policy Search service

    Mike here with an important service announcement.  In June of 2010, guest poster Kapil Mehra introduced the Group Policy Search service .  The Group Policy Search (GPS) service is a web application hosted on Windows Azure, which enables you to search for registry-based Group Policy settings...
  • 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: Shipped it

    Windows 8 RTM Windows Server 2012 RTM IT Pros Store Build Dates Prizes - Ned "terse" Pyle
  • Blog Post: Do not skip the latest B8 boot post

    Hey all, Ned here. The Building Windows 8 blog recently posted a new article from Chris Clark that you might have passed over due to the title, which sounds like another article on boot performance: Designing for PCs that boot faster than ever before Don’t skip it! A more descriptive title would have...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive! Shocking New Windows Names Revealed!!!

    Ok, that might have been a slightly inflammatory and misleading title. Windows 8 is now officially called... Windows 8 . The full set of edition names are Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT (that's WOA), and Windows 8 Enterprise. Brandon Leblanc has the full breakout . Windows Server "8" is...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Unintended Hilarity Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again with another week’s questions, comments, and oddities. This time we’re talking: GPMC inconsistent permissions error ADMT multiple servers DFSR staging calculation performance USMT and MAX_PATH DFSR port 5722 on members Common AD support topics...
  • Blog Post: Your 24 Month XP Warning

    Hi all, Ned here again with a public service announcement: On April 8 th 2014, Windows XP support ends For the temporally challenged, that’s exactly two years from today. Hopefully, some of you don’t care because you’ve already gotten off XP. After all, Windows 7 has a 41...
  • Blog Post: Intermittent Mail Sack: Must Remember to Write 2013 Edition

    Hi all, Jonathan here again with the latest edition of the Intermittent Mail Sack. We've had some great questions over the last few weeks so I've got a lot of material to cover. This sack, we answer questions on: Issues upgrading DFSR hub servers to Windows Server 2012 AD FS Sign-out behavior...
  • 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: New USMT 5.0 Features for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Hi all, Ned here again. Frequent readers know that I’ve written many times about the User State Migration Tool; it’s surprising to some, but the Directory Services team owns supporting this tool within Microsoft in the United States (our European colleagues wisely made sure the Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Drop the dope, hippy! edition

    Hi all, Ned here again with an actual back to back mail sack. This week we discuss: Running out of USNs and Versions DFSR RDC LAN WAN FWIW AOK NPS and dotted NetBIOS domain names USMT and the case of the failing sourcepriority Revisiting NIC teaming Weird DFSR files MaxConcurrentAPI...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server “8” Beta announcements, availability (updated)

    Hi all, Ned here. For those who spent the day in a coma, Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows 8 CP are out. Make sure you start by visiting Bill Laing’s announcement on the Windows Server Blog. This morning he formally announced the availability of Windows Server “8” Beta...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Super Slo-Mo Edition

    Hello folks, Ned here again with another Mail Sack. Before I get rolling though, a quick public service announcement: Plenty of you have downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview and are knee-deep in the new goo . We really want your feedback, so if you have comments, please use one of the following...