Brian Redmond's Weblog

Good IT Stuff

June, 2004

  • Changing Exchange server OU's

    If you change the OU membership of your Exchange 2000 servers, you may run into a common issue. This issue might be benign, but the events in the event log certainly are disconcerting. The article ( 271335 ) explains in detail. After you move Exchange...
  • Group Policy Management Console SP1 Released

    Link here . GPMC with Service Pack 1 contains the following updates: Various bug fixes . GPMC with SP1 fixes customer-reported bugs found in GPMC sample scripts, GPO reporting, and in the Migration Table Editor (MTE). Furthermore, fixes have...
  • MIIS cold stand-by licensing change

    New licensing rules from Microsoft to Software Assurance customers allow for cold stand-by MIIS servers without the additional cost. Read here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=12D01621-2A23-4EAB-91C0-064A47D64AB6&displaylang...
  • William Hung is my hero...

    Scary that I even know who he is, because I do not watch American Idol. This guy ( http://www.williamhung.net ) has built a career on basically nothing. At the same time, I tell my kids all the time how important it is to do something with confidence...
  • File Replication Service (FRS) troubleshooting tools

    The File Replication Service, or FRS, is a critical component of an Active Directory deployment. When it has problems, it can be a lot tougher to troubleshoot than basic AD replication. There are some good Microsoft tools out there that can help. There...
  • Does anyone know how to get a song out of your head?

    Somehow, I have “Oops I did it again” stuck in my head. If anyone knows how to remove it, please let me know. I had heard that singing “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant will remove songs from your head, but that is not currently...
  • New command line tools for W2K3 Active Directory

    These aren't really that new, but they were newly added when Windows Server 2003 was released. Windows had some AD command line tools like ldifde and csvde, but the new tools can be very handy. In fact, there are actually tons of new command line tools...
  • 2004 MIIS Users' Group Meeting

    First off, does everyone know there is a really good users' group for MIIS/MMS? Good community out there to help with questions/issues around MIIS. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMSUG . Also, this users group is holding its annual users' group meeting...
  • "Access is denied" is so frustrating!!!

    Grrr.... I spent a bunch of time recently troubleshooting one of these, so I thought I'd share in case it saves someone else some trouble. We setup some Exchange 2003 servers on Windows 2003. Some clustered and some not. In a number of places, we would...
  • Active Directory LDAP Compliance

    Good paper on the compliance of Windows 2000/2003 and LDAPv3 standards. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/ldapcomp.mspx
  • Identity Management Resources - Getting Started

    I have had people email me looking for information on how to get started. There is a TON of great information out on the web. I have some good places to start below. One of the best things available to learn from is the “scenarios” or “walkthroughs”...