Mark Empson's Global notepad

Platforms and Active Directory Resources.

Mark Empson's Global notepad

  • 2008 interesting links

    If you are feeling a little limited in information about Windows 2008, check out the following featured components: · AD DS: Restartable Active Directory Domain Services Windows 2008 introduced new capabilities to start or stop directory services...
  • Virtualising servers

    Hi All, I have started collecting a list of whitepapers based upon virtualisation of domain controllers and services, I just figured that you may find these of use! KB897615 Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware...
  • Exchange 2007 IS failure Oddity

    Hi all, I manage a local schools infrastructure in my spare time and they had this strange little issue: After a power outage, the information store on my Exchange 07 SP1 server (running Windows 2008) would not start. All other services were running...
  • Manual Connection objects in Active Directory

    Hi All, I had a question today that I wanted to get to the bottom of, it is an old question but as I obviously forgot the answer in detail, I had to find it. :) The queston was "How can I tell if a connection object is manual or not?" The first...
  • RDP to Windows 2008

    Hi all, I have installed a Windows 2008 server into my Windows 2003 domain, I then enabled RDP on my Windows 2008 server verified that I could connect from my Vista client on the network. While working from home, I quickly found out that I could not...
  • Windows Server 2008 Core Quick Reference

    This month I have been setting up my first Windows 2008 core server to go into a production environment. It has been a very interesting experience as I was expecting a straight forward process but ran into a few challenges. What with some vendor specific...
  • Enable Remote desktop via the registry

    If you have ever run into an issue where you have set up a server but forgot to put the tick in the box to enable remote desktop, then read on! Many times I have done this and then had to go all the way over to the server (sometimes in different offices...
  • MBSA WSUSSCN2

    If you are trying to perform a manual offline update to the MBSA tool but can't find the latest version of the database on the internet (as I struggled too), just click on the following link and download it. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=74689
  • Free Development tools from Microsoft for Students

    I came across this today and figured that you may all want to hear about it. Are you a registered student? do you want to start demonstrating your programming skills but can't afford products like XNA game studio or Visual Studio.. Well look no further...
  • Poster Central

    Hi all, Ever wanted a change in decor in your house? rather than boring old patterned wallpaper, what about getting some great posters with core components of specific technologies to put in their place... amaze your friends, impress your spouse.....
  • The big thick book of Windows 2008

    Microsoft have created a "Book of Longhorn" that covers all the c hanges in functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008. I really recommend having a look at this one... http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid...
  • Where is the MCSE for Windows 2008?

    Well, this is an interesting subject, as many of you know there is not an MCSE for the Windows 2008 family and it has been replaced with a new exciting qualification. So, L et’s have a look at some of the new details, We have four new(ish) qualifications...
  • Key Firewall ports for Windows server 2008

    Some just might say that security has gone mad these days, gone are the times when we only used firewalls to protect our internal network infrastructure from external attack. Certainly I now see many of our customers deploying internal firewalls to protect...
  • Windows 2008 upgrade paths

    With the Windows 2008 finally being released to manufacture this past month, we will now be expecting a whole bunch of questions surrounding the Windows 2008 migration process. This part of the newsletter is looking at what you need to know to answer...
  • Delays Delays Delays

    Hi All, Sorry for the long gap in updating my blog, unfortunatly I have been really busy lately. However, my absence from blogging has finally come to an end. Mark
  • Some Useful Links for you all!

    News Details Link GPMC Scripts The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) provides a comprehensive set of COM interfaces that you can use to script many of the operations supported by the console. Included in this download is...
  • Repadmin - THE tool of Kings

    So, you are having trouble with Active Directory eh? wondering what great secrets Microsoft have for troubleshooting AD? When I first started to work for the big M, I was expecting to get a load of tools that would help me troubleshoot AD, tools that...
  • Quick tips to get some text into Office...

    To quickly create some text in a word 2007 document to send something decent to a printer just type: (not tried this on old versions) “=rand(20)” (without the quotes) To generate random numbers in Excel try “=RAND()*100” As an update...
  • How to find out who has your FSMO Roles?

    There are four main ways to read the FSMO role holders in Active Directory, an easy way, the common way, the cool way and the hard way. Lets review them all: The easy way: NetDOM /query FSMO The Common way: How to Determine the RID, PDC, and...
  • DHCP server hardware changes? No problem

    If you are looking at doing a DHCP migration from one server to another, but you dont want to enter all the scopes and reservations again then try the following, it will really help! NETSH dhcp server {server name} export c:\dhcp.txt all NETSH...
  • Snapshot Backups? what is that all about?

    Here is a step-by-step guide for anyone that wants to get started with Active Directory Snapshot Backups In Windows 2008! Active Directory Administrators can now mount a snapshot from any given time, browse the snapshot and then perform restore individual...
  • Private Live Search server? Give me some please!!!

    Ever wanted the power of MS Live search on your internal network? Well no is your chance, MS has launched a new product called Enterprise Search that Administrators can install on one of their servers and it will take care of the rest.. I urge you...
  • Windows Live Launches!

    It has just been announced that Windows Live has now been launched, "what is it?" I hear you say? , well it means that you will get the following software for free: New Mail client to access multiple email accounts at the same time New version of...
  • AD Troubleshooting Tools

    If You are having problems with Active Directory in some form or another try the following tools, they may help! ADInsight v1.0 : Introducing ADInsight, an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting...
  • You want some tools - You cant handle these tools!

    If you are trying to troubleshoot a Windows Platform, there are some great tools that you could install to help you get a better idea about that is going on. Below is a list of some of these great Microsoft home grown tools: http://www.microsoft.com...