Jane Lewis's Weblog

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Jane Lewis's Weblog

  • Giving Non Administrators permission to read Event Logs Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

    Apologies for not blogging for sometime. I have been away on vacation, out of the country on training plus work commitments so add that up and it equals and enforced hiatus. Plus of course do not forget the Volcano :). Well I am back now and have an interesting...
  • The KRBTGT Account - What is it ?

    As part of the Active Directory Forest Recovery process the white paper talks about the KRBTGT Account. I often get asked what is this account and why do I need to reset its password twice ? Well here is the answer Key distribution service center account...
  • Changing you Colour Scheme in Office and Outlook 2010

    Well my friend and Colleague Justin Zarb showed me something funky in Office2010 beta today. He was running his installation with a great “Black” colour scheme in Outlook, similiar to below; The way he set this up was to go into options in word and choose...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gui for 2008 r2 Recycle Bin

    Hi just a quick post while I think of it. I have just found a GUI to our Recycle Bin Powershell command line. Check it out and download from  here. http://www.overall.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40:adrecyclebin&catid...
  • Enterprise Domain Controllers Group and Group Policies

    Myself and a colleague Mark Empson have been developing a New Service entitled a GPO Health Check that looks at every aspect of the health of your Group Policies. Well one of the tests involved was checking for any Group Policies that had only the Read...
  • How to modify a system owned object

    Hello, I had an interesting customer request recently that I thought I would share with you. Prior to an upgrade to 2003 they had an account which was used for Remote Desktop Users. On upgrading to 2003 this account became replaced by a System Owned Object...
  • 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...
  • Another Tool to add to your Group Policy Vista Troubleshooting Kit

    Well I have been talking quite a bit around Group Policies recently. Well that is because I have been involved with some colleagues in putting together some material for a new Group Policy Course that will be hopefully available soon to Premier Customers...
  • Heading to Teched IT Forum Barcelona 2007

    Well I am now getting excited. I am going to be working on the Ask the Experts Stand @ Teched IT Forum in Barcelona next week. I am really looking forward to this as I had an absolutely brilliant time out in Orlando this year at Teched. I will be intending...
  • Get Safe Online

    My two boys are growing up fast and as a consequence are using the computer more and more. I think I am a responsible parent who is pretty Internet and security savvy and ensure they are exposed to an Internet Environment that I monitor and control. However...
  • Dual Booting your Laptop with Bitlocker

    Hi, Sorry for the delay since my last post. I have been Mad busy but things are getting onto a bit more of an even keel. Anyway alot of us within Premier Field Engineering use our Laptops for Everything including Demos utilising a range of Vhds. Plus...
  • Advanced Group Policy Management Planning Guide

    Hi, You may not have had a chance to spot this on your travels but the Advanced Group Policy Planning Guide is available for download. from here . This is great news as this gives some great new in-depth documentation on this superb product. I quote "...
  • Windows Home Server - Its Announced

    Here is an excellent blog from Charlie Kindel ....hot from CES in Las Vegas about the announcement we have all been waiting for. Plus most interestingly a picture of the Windows Home Server. I think it looks really cool and funky. I suggest you watch...
  • Yet another desk top manager 3d......cool !

    I am always looking for some funky cool gadgets to liven up my desktop. So check this out ! http://chsalmon.club.fr/index.php?en/Download
  • 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...
  • Audit Changes to Group Policies

    An Interesting question came up at work this week. That was How do you Audit the fact that someone has modified a Group Policy ? Well the general concensus was the following; Check out the following excellent blog article Windows Security Logging and...
  • 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...
  • Powershell - The Vision the Future

    I am learning Powershell as much as my time allows.The importance of Powershell in Exchange 2007 cannot be underestimated. Powershell drives Exchange 2007. In point of fact the Exchange Management Console (the new graphical console for Exchange 2007)...
  • 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...
  • Security it is All our responsiblity

    I came across at the weekend a really interesting article on Wserver News The article that caught my eye talks not only about Bump Keys , but also the physical security, or lack of it for laptop locks . It certainly made me sit back and think, especially...
  • 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...
  • Optimizing and reducing the noise on Admin Packs Scom

    I have been working with my customer around reducing the noise and also optimising SCOM 2007 R2. The main emphasis of my work has been around the Active Directory Managment pack, but some of the techniques that I have highlighted and the links that I...
  • Calling all Technical Women - We want your C.V.

    World Wide Online Event Hi Ladies, We have an World Wide online event happening very soon here which gives you an opportunity to meet and talk to Technical Women working in in Services at Microsoft and find out what the job is actually like. Plus we are...