Jane Lewis's Weblog

Platforms, Active Directory,Administration, Management,Women in Technology, Random Thoughts

October, 2006

  • Unravelling Cnf

    What are CNF Objects and what are they indicative of. Cnf objects are created by the Active Directory detected a "conflict". As you are probably aware the Active Directory is a multi-master environment. Therefore if two Administrators in different...
  • Detecting Vista with WMI Filters

    James over on his Views on Vista blog has an excellent article on detecting via a Group Policy WMI filter the VISTA or Longhorn Operating system. He has even gone to the trouble of creating the script for you !. By the way this is an excellent blog if...
  • USN Rollbacks - Best Practice

    I was talking best practices the other day with a customer with regards to what Backup Software to use and the use of Virtualized hosting environments. I recommended to the customer to utilise backup software that uses the Microsoft APIs, or the Software...
  • Side by Side

    I love listening to all manner of music and have owned an MP3 player since the early Creative Rio players. I am not going to say the "word" which Rhymes with Nod because it is not that make of player !. However I have owned one in the past before I accidentally...
  • Know your Tombstones - The Basics

    The TSL (Tombstone Lifetime) of an object in the Active Directory is significant especially when related to Backups Restores and Lingering Objects So today I am going to give you the basics of what Tombstones mean. What is a Tombstone ? T he...
  • Running around in Circles

    This made me laugh....I gonna get one for those days when you feel you are just going around in circles ! Hamster
  • New Add-in for Windows Live Writer

    I like many of my blogging colleagues have been using Windows Live Writer for a while now to construct save and post their blogs. I really love it as it means that if you get an odd 5 minutes during the day you can start a draft of your blog and save...
  • Vista RC 2 - Are you interested

    I was reading Mac McSpirits Blog and if you are interested RC2... is available now for download. Take note however of what Matt says about the supportability of this download, I quote " Please note: This build may not have the same level of support...
  • Windows Mobile Device Center for Vista - Beta3

    The Windows Vista Blog announced on Friday 6th of October that the Wmdc is now available for download. Download from the Microsoft Windows Mobile Web site
  • Group Policy Management the future is Bright

    I have worked with Group Policies for many years now, and have shared with you the frustrations of managing them in a large scale enterprise environment. Admittedly huge strides forward were taken with the introduction of GMPC , and I have used and extolled...
  • Talking Blogs !

    Being relatively new to the Blogosphere, I am like a child in a sweet shop when I come across something "new" to me with regards to making my blog more accessible and functional to my ....hopefully one or two readers !. Well I recently visited Anthony...
  • Trainspotter Heaven

    This made me smile, so I thought I would end the week with it. I just love steam trains, as do my two little boys.So when I saw that we had a Train Simulator I got all excited !. To add to my excietement we have added a simulated steam train environment...
  • Top Five points for a Healthy FRS

    A customer recently asked me what was my top 5 components that should be in place for a healthy FRS (File Replication Service ) 1. DNS and the Active Directory replication mush work properly 2. The Active Directory objects relating to FRS are configured...
  • (DNS) To Scavenge or not to Scavenge.....that is the question ?

    The point of scavenging is to remove old and stale records from a DNS zone. Basically if you do not scavenge the records they will not get removed from the Database, so they will remain in the zone forever. This of course is not an ideal situation especially...
  • Join the suds

    We need you to help us populate our Soapbox with all your favorite cool, amusing informative and plain different videos !. So join in the launch of our Beta. Information about joining was posted in many different places but Michael Gannottis Blog has...
  • If you are looking for Exchange 2007 Training.......

    Paul Flaherty has highlighted the new MOC Exchange 2007 Training. This is based on Beta 2 Code so take a look if you are interested in updating your skillset. I am going to print of my copy and get reading !!.
  • Windows Live Writer...gaining momemtum

    I have been using WLW (Windows Live Writer) for some weeks now and have been watching the blogs with interest to see how it is being received and used. It is great to hear positive comments. For Example Michael Beck , Blogged today how he enoys the simplicity...
  • Great Zune Site

    Was surfing around on a quiet Sunday night and and came across a cool Zune site. Check it out here... zunecorps.com . They are also running a competition at the moment to give away some cool zune swagg .....
  • Busy Bundling

    We have been busy bundling together our recent acquisitions into a comprehensive " Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack". Eweek has a good review of this latest offering. It consists of the following products Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack The...
  • The call for Centro beta Testers

    Kevin Beares blog has a very interesting blog entry on "Centro". This looks like an exciting opportunity to get involved early on in the new Microsoft infrastructure solution that is aimed at midsize businesses with less that 250 PCs. If you are interested...
  • Repadmin unraveling the syntax

    Repadmin is a command line tool that is of course extremely useful when it comes to troubleshooting replication problems. However as with all command lines the syntax has to be exactly right otherwise you will get a negative experience. The thing to remember...
  • Have your cake and eat it !!

    This made me laugh....well it is Friday. Apparently the Microsoft Internet Explorer team sent the Firefox team a Congratulations cake for shipping ontime !....I wonder if anyone will send us a cake when we launch our EVO (Exchange Vista and Office) in...