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November, 2006

  • Ports used in Active Directory Replication

    A customer the other day was looking to configure his Domain Controller in a remote Branch Office behind a firewall. The question was what ports are required for Active Directory Replication. The answer is the following; Port Assignments for Active...
  • KDC Event I.D. 11

    I was recently working on a customer site and notice in a significant number of System Event logs displayed the following error message. There are multiple accounts with name MSSQLSvc/ABCServer.contoso.com:1433 of type DS_SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_NAME. If you...
  • My Latest Gadget

    Hi, on a somewhat lighter note of late. I have got a new really cool toy to play with. This is the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 . It has a really smooth action and has a duality of functions and features. If you are presenting you...
  • Sims packing a big Memory Punch

    You know what it is like. You pick up your brand new smartphone or PocketPc and find it only comes with some paltry memory size which by the time you have uploaded a couple of songs on it is full up....and that is before you start to think about your...
  • I know I am impatient but really !

    As I gear myself up with a glass of wine and sit down in front of my laptop to do a spot of Christmas Internet Shopping ...(I buck the trend of most girls...my not being a fan of shopping for the sake of it !. ) my eye was drawn to this article on the...
  • Media Player 11 now ready to download

    Well it is ready to rock our new media player. It was interesting reading the vibe on the blogosphere . The general concensus is that Microsoft are better positioned than most to provide solid competition to Apples Itunes. Some of the new features look...
  • Love in for Vista...well almost

    It is interesting to see the vibe of Vista.....rippling through as we get nearer to launch. I was reading the Computerworld article , which talks about the improvements Vista has with regards to the file system, native support for hybrid disk drives ...
  • Slam it on your mobile

    I was surfing around the net and came across an interesting article , describing a new social networking software being developed by the Microsoft Research Community. This software which stands for S ocial L ocation A nnotation M obile, lets you send...
  • Defender Ready to roll

    John Westworth has a nice blog on the advantages of downloading the updated version of Windows Defender . I heartily recommend this as I find one of the most annoying aspect of surfing is the amount of potential spyware that pollutes your p.c. and eventualy...
  • Viewing all Domain Controllers

    You probably know this command already...but only have time for a quick post today. However a nice command I use to list all Domain Controllers is the following REPADMIN /VIEWLST *
  • Configuration Best Practice for Wins

    Even in a Windows 2003 AD environment Wins maybe still required, dependant on what applications you are running . However there are certain rules that must be adherred to for a healthy Wins Environment Wins Servers should always be configured to point...
  • Seriously Cool Device

    Sorry I have not posted for a few days. I was a bit under the weather....however back fighting fit now !. I am always losing things....keys usb sticks, husbands children!. Well I think I have found my ultimate geek chick Christmas present. This was reviewed...
  • Dns Pesky 7062 Error

    The DNS 7062 error is a really quite annoying and frustrating error which can be caused for a variety reasons; The error message in the event log is as follows; " The DNS server encountered a packet addressed to itself on IP address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx "...
  • This is really worth checking out

    If you are a small business or know a small business which would benefit from a great professional looking web presence which is packed with features and functionality to make your business work smoothly and effectively. Check out the Microsoft office...
  • The best way to find out what is happening during logon

    I was asked by a customer last week, "What is the best way to really find out what is happening to my Group Policies during the Logon Process". My answer is ....use Userenv logging. If you do not know what that is check out the following Webcast http...
  • Pity the Poor Pdc(e)

    The Pdc emulater is a very busy bee. It has a multitude of tasks and roles in a busy Active Directory Environment. It can be especially in larger networks subject to what is known as "piling on" . Some of the main causes of this is due to the multitude...
  • Why do I Blog?

    This was a question asked of me by a colleague recently. Why do you waste your time blogging everyday. Well it took my breath away a little bit because I never considered I was wasting my time !. Well here are my top 5 reasons for why I blog. 1. A...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 - Beta 2 available for download

    This is now available for download from this location. http://www.Microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/downloads/servicepack.mspx This version of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 - Beta 2 will work with Vista. However a little tweaking needs to...