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  • Blog Post: Playing with NAP

    Hi all,       I have been playing with Network Access Protection (NAP) recently and have a few pointers that may help you all out :) Event ID 204 on the NAP server is raised when clients do not meet policy requirements Event ID 201 on NAP server is raised when clients do not...
  • Blog Post: 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 Active Directory client applications. Use it...
  • Blog Post: UserAccountControl flags

    I was messing today with a small script to read the UserAccountControl flags of an Active Directory domain's user account base, and was tryng to find the correct values that are present there. I ultimately stumbled upon a KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305144 which is brilliant.. The key...
  • Blog Post: RODC connection object is goes AWOL

    If the RODC connection object goes Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) then there are some steps to recover it, taken from the Ask the Directory Services Team's Blog site ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2010/10/08/friday-mail-sack-cluedo-edition.aspx) RODCs require a special flag on their connection...
  • Blog Post: Event ID: 12294 Woes

    I came across this great error today at a customer site: Event Type: Error Event Source: SAM Event Category: None Event ID: 12294 Date: 3/3/2003 Time: 9:42:55 AM User: (USERNAME) Computer: (COMPUTERNAME) Description: The SAM database was unable to lockout the account of ? due to a resource error,...
  • Blog Post: WSUSScn2.CAB Manual download location

    When using MBSA in an offline mode, it is sometimes required to download the catalogue file manually (due to firewall restricitions on some PCs etc) The below link will enable you to download it. I hope you will find this useful as I can never remember where this bad boy is :) http://go.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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.. check out the technical posters from Microsoft. :...
  • Blog Post: Poster Win 8 app, available now

    A new Windows 8 app is now available to enable you to see all the technical spec posters that we used to have to print out on A3. If you’re running Windows 8, you can get it from the Windows Store here: http://aka.ms/sposterpedia thanks Martin (aka the poster guy :) http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Registry.pol fun

    Hi all, This month, I ran into an interesting challenge to do with group policies. Specifically, I was trying to figure out why a client was not getting a specific setting. While it is was the Group Policy Object (GPO) and it the version of the GPT.ini in SYSVOL was in sync, the client was still not...
  • Blog Post: ADPREP Challenges

    I had an interesting challenge last month and figured that this is a great one for my blog. Being based in England, I had never come across this issue before so it was very interesting. I arrived on a customer site to help perform a Windows Server 2008 schema update and make sure that all was well...
  • Blog Post: 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 Infrastructure FSMO Holders of a Selected Domain...
  • Blog Post: 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 only the big M would have access to... what dissappointment...
  • Blog Post: 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 obvious place to look is the name, if it is called...
  • Blog Post: Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

    If you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from the GPSVR service in Windows 2008/Visa/Win 7. If so then try this: How to enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file To enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file, follow these steps. Click Start, click Run, type...
  • Blog Post: 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 virtualization software http://support.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: Advanced Group Policy Management V3

    I was looking into AGPM v3 recently and thought that it would be good to put a reference to it on my Blog. The challenging thing is, this is a great tool but you have to know about it first to then realise it!. If you like Group Policies, then you will love this tool. In brief, this will enable you...