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  • Blog Post: Modifying DisplayName Firstname Surname in Active Directory Users and Computers

    Well I was only aware of one particular way to modify the displayname in the Active Directory, and then this only worked for New users. How to change display names of Active Directory users http://support.microsoft.com/kb/250455/ Well a colleague of mine pointed me in the direction of some really useful...
  • Blog Post: RODC Branch Office Guide Ready for download

    I have been working with 2008 Forests and customers moving towards this environment quite alot recently. Therefore I would like to bring your attention to a newly completed and updated guide which is now available for download; The Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide is now live on...
  • Blog Post: High CPU on Wmiprvse.exe caused by memory leak DNSPROV.DLL Windows 2003

    Certain customers have recently been experiencing an issue which I wanted to bring to your attention. Issue with Domain Controllers Windows 2003 sp2 Wmiprvse.exe consistently consumes a high percentage of CPU on Domain Controllers and svchost.exe has a a high handle count of around 75000 and another...
  • Blog Post: Security Boundaries where do they stop and start

    I was discussing recently with my customer where security boundaries within the Active directory start and stop. This discussion came about as they were under the impression that the Domain was a security boundary. This can be a quite a confusing area because people assume that because each seperate...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Event @ ADUG (Active Directory User Group )

    Hi myself and a colleague Richard Diver will be talking at the upcoming ADUG as run  Mark Parris on the 15th of June @6.15pm. http://adug.eventbrite.com/ . This will be held at our London Office Microsoft (London) Cardinal Place 100 Victoria Street London, London, City Of SW1E 5JL United Kingdom...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Player This has potential !

    Apologies for not blogging recent weeks. I have been tremendously busy plus working out of the country My good friend Justin Zarb showed me this the other day. Microsoft Desktop Player This is a great utility that gives you a platform to search for technet content based around . You can either use the...
  • Blog Post: 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 " To troubleshoot this problem take the following actions...
  • Blog Post: ISTG what happens when it Fails ?

    I had an interesting investigation the other day with a customer of mine with reference to the role and failover of the ISTG role. In the customers scenario they switch off the ISTG and several other servers in a very busy site to simulate a outage scenario. This site is a main hub site in a very large...
  • Blog Post: 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 software maker is bundling four new software tools...
  • Blog Post: The Easy way is not the Right Way

    Something has been bugging me recently. I am seeing allot of customers taking the "easy" option when it comes to delegating out permissions for their various tiers of support staff to support their environment e.g. making everyone remotely associated with the support of their Environment Domain Administrators...
  • Blog Post: RSAT Tools for Vista SP1 now available in All Languages

    Sorry for the break in blogging. However I have been away on my holidays to a lovely part of the U.K. Lincolnshire  Wolds . Very nice but very cold. Good news for RSAT Client is that it is available in all languages now. Please see below table for details of downloads.   Language Code X86 X64...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization of Domain Controllers part Deux

    Hi a few weeks ago I blogged about recommended best practises of Virtualizing your Domain Controllers environment. I am currently working with a customer on quite a complicated scenario that touches on virtualization and through my research  and pointers from my Colleague Mark Empson have come across...
  • Blog Post: Good Evening and Meeting of Old and New Friends

      Hi Everyone, I had a great evening last night at Cardinal Place Microsoft in London. I was presenting at the ADUG ( Active Directory Users Group ) meeting as run by Mark Parris . My session was on AGPM V.30 plus also highlighting some of the key new features that are going to be available in AGPM...
  • Blog Post: Great new Updated Group Policy Book

    I was lucky enough to attend this gentlemens session at Teched this year. It was excellent. You can get hold of the new updated book from here
  • Blog Post: Schema - What is the Best Practise for Updating ?

    This has been a question that has come up with several of my customers recently. Therefore I thought this would be a good topic to discuss. Modifying the Schema is something that is a necessary action prior to carrying out installation of Directory Enabled Applications whether they are Microsoft or 3rd...
  • Blog Post: Revisiting and important question

    A little while ago I posted about what is considered best practice with regards to the Default Domain Controller policies and Default Domain Policy. http://blogs.technet.com/janelewis/archive/2007/04/24/just-don-t-do-it.aspx At the time I was struggling to find some good examples to back up my post....
  • Blog Post: D2 and D4 ;What is it for ?

    I have been recently doing quite allot of work with File Replication Service. The File Replication service is used to replicate the contents of your sysvol folder e.g. Group policies and Scripts. The difference between FRS and Active Directory Replication is that the FRS service is a multi-master replication...
  • Blog Post: RODC Windows 2008 Compatibility Pack released

    If you are going to be utilising RODC in mixed environment (XP and 2003 ), then you need to download the Windows 2008 RODC Compatibility Pack. The Product Group and Dev Team, have been working exceedingly hard to get this released. It addresses the following issues as described by Product Group. "To...
  • Blog Post: 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 parts of the active directory create an object in...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery Documents Useful Locations

    I have been doing some work around disaster recovery recently of a Windows 2003 Active Directory. Here is a useful link list of locations I have put together. You may not be aware that the Disaster recovery white paper has been updated. Windows Server 2003 Forest Recovery Whitepaper http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Blogosphere

    A good friend and colleague Mark Empson has entered the Blog Community. He is to be found here http://blogs.technet.com/mempson/ . His main areas of technology will be Platforms and Active Directory. But I happen to know he is an guru on Windows 2008 so keep a close eye on some really excellent blog...
  • Blog Post: DCGPOFIX - to be used - only in the last resort.

    I have been working quite allot with Group Policy objects and have recently been involved in troubleshooting them. As a last resort if all else fails, and your Default Domain Policy and Default Domain Controller Policy is beyond repair,or somehow has been deleted. Then you can use a utility which is...
  • Blog Post: Excellent Post on /3GB (In)famous Switch

    I go onto alot of customer sites and am constantly evaluating the performance and configuration and advising best practise on Domain Controllers. Often the Support team has configured the /3gb switch in their Boot.ini files.....many of them do not know why ? or say "The Exchange Team insisted upon it...
  • Blog Post: Dns Issue on Multi Valued Records

    In a large scale environment there is a known issue which has been experienced by several customers of SRV Domain Controller records disappearing from the DNS Zone File. This is caused by the following issue; As DNS is AD Integrated, the DNS data is stored in AD as separate objects for each record. One...
  • Blog Post: DNS 6702

    Working with my customer today on a funny little error that keeps reappearing in their DNS Logs Event Type:        Error Event Source:    DNS Event Category:                None...