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  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: I Don’t Like the Taste of Pants Edition

    Hi all, Ned here again. After a few months of talking about Windows Server 2012 to other ‘softies from around the globe, I’m back with the sack. It was great fun – and not over yet, it turns out – but I am finally home for a bit ...read more
  • Blog Post: Let the Blogging begin…

    Hello AskDS Readers. Mike here again. If you notice, Ned posted one of our first Windows Server 2012 RTM blogs a while back ( Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012 ). Yes friends, the gag order has been lifted and we are allowed to spout mountains ...read more
  • Blog Post: I’m Baaaaaccccck

    Hey all, Ned here again. After a few months of training room huffing, airline food loathing, and PowerPoint shilling, I’m back in Charlotte. I’ve got a backlog of legacy product posts to share from colleagues, and with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 ...read more
  • Blog Post: DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2 and other goodies, now available on the Filecab blog!

    Over at the Filecab blog, AskDS alum and all-around nice guy Ned Pyle has posted the first of several blogs about new features coming your way in Windows Server 2012 R2. If you're a DFS administrator or just curious, go take a look! Ned promises more ...read more
  • Blog Post: RSA Key Blocking is Coming

    Hey all, Ned here again with one of my rare public service announcement posts: In August 2012, Microsoft will issue a software update for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows ...read more
  • Blog Post: AD Replication Status Tool is Live

    Hey all, Ned here with some new troubleshooting tool love, courtesy of the ADREPLSTATUS team at Microsoft. I’ll let them do the talking: The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) is now LIVE and available for download at the Microsoft ...read more
  • Blog Post: Monthly Mail Sack: I Hope Your Data Plan is Paid Up Edition

    Hi all, Ned here again with that thing we call love. Blog! I mean blog. I have a ton to talk about now that I have moved to the monthly format, and I recommend you switch to WIFI if you’re on your phone. This round I answer your questions on ...read more
  • Blog Post: So long and thanks for all the fish

    My time is up. It’s been eight years since a friend suggested I join him on a contract at Microsoft Support (thanks Pete). Eight years since I sat sweating in an interview with Steve Taylor , trying desperately to recall the KDC’s listening port (his ...read more
  • Blog Post: Shipped it

    Windows 8 RTM Windows Server 2012 RTM IT Pros Store Build Dates Prizes - Ned "terse" Pyle ...read more
  • Blog Post: Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012

    Hi all, Ned here again to talk further about managing your RID pool . By default, a domain has capacity for roughly one billion security principals, such as users, security groups, managed service accounts, and computers. If you run out, you can’t create ...read more
  • Blog Post: Detaining Docs with DAC

    Hey all, Ned here again with a quick advert: Robert Deluca from our Partner and Customer team just published a blog post on Dynamic Access Control. He walks through the configuration of “document quarantine” to protect sensitive data on ...read more
  • Blog Post: Monthly Mail Sack: Yes, I Finally Admit It Edition

    Heya folks, Ned here again. Rather than continue the lie that this series comes out every Friday like it once did, I am taking the corporate approach and rebranding the mail sack. Maybe we’ll have the occasional Collector’s Edition versions. This week ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 GA

    Hey folks, Ned here again to tell you what you probably already know: Windows Server 2012 is now generally available:   Understand the vision Visit the launch page and learn what’s new Download the trial Go deeper in TechNet Visit the full family ...read more
  • Blog Post: Revenge of Y2K and Other News

    Hello sports fans! So this has been a bit of a hectic time for us, as I'm sure you can imagine. Here's just some of the things that have been going on around here. Last week, thanks to a failure on the time servers at USNO.NAVY.MIL, many customers ...read more