The 9z, by Chris Davis

An Active Directory, Windows Platform, Performance troubleshooting (and anything else interesting I run across) BLOG.

July, 2013

About the 9z:

This is the BLOG and technical resource site for Chris Davis. I work for Microsoft as a Windows Platform Engineer in the consulting services division (MCS).

I'm also a magnet for some pretty odd technical issues and I love to share. You'll find that a large part of this site is dedicated to performance troubleshooting/tuning and also to a large degree, Active Directory.

This site is also a mirror for my site and a launching pad to my YouTube channel. So if anything here interests you, follow me on:
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  • Let's Tech: Migrate DNS from Standard to AD Integrated

    (Please visit the site to view this video) In this episode I'll show you how to take a Standard Primary-Secondary DNS Zone sitting on a non-DC and migrate it easily to a Domain Controller so you can make it AD Integrated.
  • Let's Tech: Backing Up Windows 8 In today's episode we'll cover (very quickly) how to run a Windows 8 backup the way you used to run backups in Windows 7.
  • Let's Tech: AD LDS In today's -Let's Tech- I set up an LDS (Lightweight Directory Services, formerly ADAM or Active Directory Application Mode) instance and then do an import from AD into it. This was my first AD LDS in a long time and so it...
  • Let's Tech: Server 2012 R2 Preview If you haven't had a chance to pull down and look at the new Server 2012 Preview that released yesterday, well... here is quick look at it. I don't go into any of the new Hyper-V stuff, just a 100-level glance at the new UI...

Q: So why the name 9z?

A: Well that's my actual website address. What does it mean? Nothing. It's just a really cool short-dot-com I've had forever. I like to use it because it is easy to remember (last number and the last letter... dot com). It was supposed to be pronounced ninez like... "The Ninez" but that turned out nearly impossible to communicate verbally without having to then turn around and also explain how to spell it.... so these days I just usually say 9 Z.

Q: Hey Chris, don't I know you from somewhere?

A: Possibly. I've worked in IT for 20 years and a lot of that was traveling. I've been to almost all 50 states and spent 5 years of that on the road... 42 or more weeks a year. (that's over for a while thankfully). I also teach a lot of workshops on Performance Troubleshooting, Windows Server, Active Directory Troubleshooting, and other various topics. So maybe you were in one of those?

But... the reality is you probably are just thinking of that baseball player.

Q: Are you BigDaddy9z

A: Yes, one and the same.