Mark Empson's Global notepad

Platforms and Active Directory Resources.

November, 2007

  • 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:
  • ServerManagerCMD.exe - How can you start quickly?

    If you want to use the servermanagerCMD.exe, it just could not be easier. There are only three main switches that you need to know to get started. How do I know what features/Roles I have installed or available? For this, you can use the command...
  • MVP Academy - here I come!

    Be prepared all you MVP's of the world! I have been made an MVP trainer for a Windows 2008 course over the month of November. I will be running nightly training sessions and hopefully help as many MVP's as possible.. See you there!
  • Welcome to the "MY News" Page

    If you have trouble sleeping and just want to find out what I am up to these days, then check this out!
  • Welcome to the Migrations Page

    If you are attempting to perform a migration from one version of Windows to the other, this is the resource for you!
  • Welcome to the Windows 2008 Page

    This page will contain everything you want to know about Windows 2008 and then some.
  • Welcome to the Windows 2003 Page

    This page will contain everything you ever wanted to know about Windows 2003
  • Welcome to the Active Directory Page

    This page will contain everything and anything to do with Active Directory, no holds barred.. if you want to know anything, then this should be your first port of call.
  • Welcome to the Tips and Tricks Page

    This section will look at some great collections of little tips and tricks that can make your life so much easier. Over the years I have picked up some little gems that everyone will definately benefit from. Go on, get stuck in!
  • Its my Birthday!

    Hi All you blog lovers out there!. This is my first post (of many) to my new blog site. This site will be useful for anyone with an interest in Platform technologies of the Microsoft ilk. I figured that as I am about to get one year older, it is time...