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  • Blog Post: Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012

    Hi all, Ned here again to talk further about managing your RID pool . By default, a domain has capacity for roughly one billion security principals, such as users, security groups, managed service accounts, and computers. If you run out, you can’t create any more. There aren’t any domains with that many...
  • 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: ....And knowing is half the battle!

    Jonathan here. Chuck Timon over on the AskCore blog has a new post that you folks testing with Windows Server 2012 should know about. If you're playing around with Hyper-V, do yourself a favor and have a read before you call Support. Logon Failures Involving Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2012...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Windows Server 2012 GA

    Hey folks, Ned here again to tell you what you probably already know: Windows Server 2012 is now generally available:   Understand the vision Visit the launch page and learn what’s new Download the trial Go deeper in TechNet Visit the full family of Microsoft Windows Server blogs I don’t often recommend...
  • Blog Post: Detaining Docs with DAC

    Hey all, Ned here again with a quick advert: Robert Deluca from our Partner and Customer team just published a blog post on Dynamic Access Control. He walks through the configuration of “document quarantine” to protect sensitive data on file shares and automatically clean up files that...
  • Blog Post: Interesting findings on SETSPN -x -f

    Hello folks, this is Herbert from the Directory Services support team in Europe! Kerberos is becoming increasingly mandatory for really cool features such as Protocol Transition . Moreover, as you might be painfully aware, managing Service Principal Names (SPN’s) for the use of Kerberos by applications...