Active Directory, Cluster and other fun stuff...

  • Quick TIP: Quickly verify AD replication status

    It can be a little tedious to verify replication status in a large Active Directory environment via the Sites and Services snap-in. Here is a command I use quite frequently to check the replication status of all domain controllers: REPADMIN /SHOWREPL...
  • Quick TIP: Force FRS replication

    For this tip you will need a somewhat newer version of ntfrsutl.exe You can grab a version out of the Service Pack 2 Support Tools download here . Beginning with the version of ntfrsutl.exe in KB 823230 we have the ability to force FRS replication...
  • Quick Tip: Back up your NTFS security permissions

    Here is a simple command that you can run right now in order to save you from some down-time the next time your file system permissions get set back to the Windows defaults.  Proactively running this from time to time (think: task scheduler) can...
  • Quick TIP: The replication operation was preempted

    This tip can help clear some confusion when you encounter the following error while forcing replication: result 8461 The replication operation was preempted Here is the output of running repadmin /showreps on a brand new domain controller: DC...
  • Replication error 8464 after schema upgrade

    Problem Environment Contoso has a very large branch-office deployment of Active Directory. Each branch-office is an Active Directory site, and each DC is a GC because of potentially unreliable WAN links. Any time a Scheme upgrade is performed in which...
  • Active Directory Forest Recovery...

    The helpdesk phone had been ringing incessantly all day. Many people throughout the AD forest were unable to login to their respective domains. It seems that accounts throughout the forest had somehow been deleted. John, tired from having been up all...
  • Quick Tip: Move Window position via keyboard

    Hi Everybody! Ever have an application's window that you need to move but can't---either because you have connected via RDP and the window is on a different monitor, or because you can't get to the title bar to grab it with the mouse? The following keyboard...
  • Active Directory User and Group Restore...

    Problem: John was awakened from a dead sleep by the Benny Hill theme ring tone he had just downloaded to his cell phone earlier that evening----one of his junior Network Admins had accidentally deleted one of their larger account OU's. In the blink of...
  • Cluster service failure after AD lockdown...

    Users were unable to connect to their shares. John discovered that the Cluster service wasn't started, and that any attempts to start it resulted in an error 1068. He attempted to ping the virtual server's IP address and it returned a "request timed out...
  • Missing or corrupt Systemced - part 2

    ****EDIT Hey Guys, I goofed on this post: This post discusses a utility used during the course of a Microsoft support call. It is not available to send to customers, and is not available for download as I had originally thought. The version posted...
  • Microsoft Certified Master registration...

    Hi Everybody! Have you heard about the new certification from Microsoft? In the grand scheme of things (as far as MSFT certification goes) it is the next level above the MCITP. (MCITP is what many consider to be the replacement for the old MCSE) ...
  • RODC compatibility pack available now...

    Hi Everybody! I just wanted to write a quick note to let you all know that the RODC compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP clients is available for download. Description of the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller compatibility...
  • Windows Server 2K8 Reviewers Guide

    Hi Everybody! This one comes at the request of several customers. Many of you out there are trying to determine which version of Server 2008 you will deploy. For most it comes down to deciding between two of the five major versions: Server 2008 Standard...
  • Missing or corrupt Systemced... What's that?

    Technorati tags: Cluster , Setup , Boot , Windows 2000 Part 1 of 2 The on-call pager went off at two in the morning. John rushed in to discover that one of their main Windows 2000 file and print servers was sitting at a black screen with the following...
  • Active Directory Puzzle from Technet Mag...

    Check out this cool poster size image now available for download from our website. Link courtesy of Michael Kleef . The " Active Directory Component Jigsaw " picture is a pretty cool overview of AD that was originally only available to TechNet Magazine...
  • Hi Everybody!

    Welcome to my blog. I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Platforms After-Hours Support team. I primarily support Windows server issues dealing with the following specialties: Setup, Cluster, Directory Services, Networking, and Performance. Due to...
  • Sysinternals developer answers your toughest Vista questions...

    Hi Everybody! This should be a pretty good presentation on Windows Vista internals. Mark Russinovich has co-authored several books on Windows Internals, and is one of the developers for all of the cool troubleshooting utilities over at our Sysinternals...
  • Cluster service failure update...

    Just a quick note to say that they did update KB 269229 with my comment about requiring the SERVICE account to be included in the "Impersonate client after authentication" user right. (reference this post for background info) From the article: ...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and Home Server RC

    Hi Everybody! This is just an update to let you all know about two software releases: We just released Virtual Server R2 SP1 on Monday. You can download it for free from here . Some of the updates: Support for hardware-assisted virtualization Supports...
  • AD User and Group Restore Webcast

    Some time ago I did a webcast presentation on Active Directory User and Group Restore. I've included the link for those of you that may have missed it. Check out the on-demand presentation here: http://www.msusapartnerreadiness.com/WS_abstract...
  • Performance team blog

    I see a lot of customers unnecessarily using the boot.ini /3GB switch. Explaining when and when not to use it takes quite some time. Thanks to the Platforms Performance team, I now have a very nice quality post to point them to.
  • Quick Tips

    I've added a new tag called "Quick Tips." These are going to be smaller posts where I offer some time-saving tip, or some other similar type of goodie. Look out for the first one soon!
  • Happy New Year!

    Hi Everybody! I just wanted to drop a quick note wishing you all a happy new year, and to let you know that I haven't given this up yet. :-) I just got back into the office from vacation, and plan to have a technical post up here by the end of the week...