Mark Empson's Global notepad

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Mark Empson's Global notepad

  • Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn't create a new partition

    Hi all, Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!. This time its about Windows 8. I have rebuilt my PC over the last few evenings and been running into the error: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Group Policy Client Side Extension List

    So I was on a customer site, troubleshooting a Group policy Client Side extension issue and could not quite figure out all of the Client side extensions that were in use just by GUID. I was reviewing the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft...
  • RSAT on Windows 8 Doesn't install

    I have been installing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972 and the installation didn't seem to do anything on my nice, Windows 8 OS. It is supposed to automatically install...
  • Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

    have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for what feels like a million times a minute. Very frustrating. After some investigation, I found that there is a really simple fix and is something I really...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.....
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Network Location Awareness Service

    Often I am asked about how slow link detection on Windows Vista through to Windows 8, differs Windows XP when relating to Group Policies. First some background. When Windows XP attempts to download its Group Policies, it performs a slow link test...
  • 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 ...
  • WMI filter woes

    Hi all, I just thought that I would finally post a little something about WQL (WMI Query Language) queries for Group Policies. It is regularly observed by most of my customers that examples of WMI queries for GPOs are found here: http://technet.microsoft...
  • Hidden Schedule tasks in Windows 8

    Hello again :) I was looking for those hidden group policy schedule tasks that are created in Windows 8/2012 recently. These tasks are the ones created to perform the routine Group Policy refresh updates and the administrator driven updates too (such...