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  • Blog Post: Map Active Directory in Visio

    I see that we released the Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer today. I'm working from home today, so I can't run it in AD and attach a screenshot, but this should be helpful for documenting your AD infrastructure. According to the product description: The Microsoft Active Directory Topology...
  • Blog Post: Install Windows Server 2003 Adminpak (Administration Tools Pack) on Vista

    It's always frustrating when an update to one program from a company breaks compatibility with another program from the same company. In the case of Microsoft, the Windows 2003 SP1 Admin tools (adminpak.msi) do not work on Windows Vista. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lockdown – The Easy Way

    If you have been tasked with securing SharePoint, there  are a lot of considerations to take into account.  How do users authenticate? Does part of your farm live in an extranet or DMZ? How do you secure user-to-server communications? How do you secure server-to-server communications? ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 SP2 Released

    I'm sure many of you will notice shortly (as the Service Pack is replicated out to all the download sites and Windows Update), but Service Pack 2 has been released for Windows Server 2003 (and for Windows XP x64). I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but once I do I will be sure to put up a post...
  • Blog Post: What's that service?

    Ever wish that someone at Microsoft would write up a list of all the services that come with Windows Server/client?  Perhaps something that lists the executable command line, the account that the service runs under, a description of what the service does, default service type, service dependencies...
  • Blog Post: Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide Released

    If you are involved in a project to plan or upgrade Active Directory in your branch offices, you may have questions such as: What type of domain controller should I use for a given branch office? Does a given branch office even need a Domain Controller? What topology should I use? How do I monitor AD...
  • Blog Post: The limits of Active Directory

    A few years ago, at my first IT job, my manager told me that there was a server at Microsoft, and all day long it created objects in a test Active Directory Domain.  "This server has been running since Windows Server 2000 was released" he said, "and it still has not hit a limit on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 released!

    Downloading the bits right now (while watching Ray Ozzie's keynote here: http://www.visitmix.com/ :) Today Microsoft released Windows Server Update Services version 3.0 to our website for download. Below are links to where you can get it as well as read more about it: Download: http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: The top Active Directory Issues

    The Ask the Directory Services Team blog has a great post on the top 50 KB articles used to solve issues in Directory Services support during the first quarter of Microsoft fiscal year 2008 (July 2007 through September 2007). I list the top 10 below, but you can see the whole list after the jump . Number...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory How-Tos

    How do I back up AD? Seize an Operations Manager role? Recover a Domain Controller? Manage SYSVOL? There's a guide for that... Active Directory Product Operations Guide Process: Back up Active Directory Process: Non-authoritative Restore of Active Directory Process: Authoritative Restore for Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Sundancers

    On Friday, I blogged about “ Project Sundance ”, which is an upcoming release from the Solution Accelerators team that combines the Vista/XP/2003/2008/Office security guides with the Configuration Manager Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs for security, along with the GPOAccelerator tool into...