Windows antivirus exclusions

All Windows Operating systems in my opinion should run antivirus and malware software, which should be regularly updated to counteract the threat that malicious code can pose.  Many corporations in my experience simple install the anti-virus application; then configure the virus signature updates and believe that that they are done - but there is a small oversight - certain … Continue reading Windows antivirus exclusions

Active Directory: Permanent Queries in AD Users and Computers.

Have you ever wanted to know at the click of a button - what accounts have the password set to never expire or create a list of all disabled users? This is where the Active Directory Users and Computers "Saved Queries" feature can be utilised. Open Active Directory Users and Computers (dsa.msc) Navigate to Saved Queries … Continue reading Active Directory: Permanent Queries in AD Users and Computers.

Active Directory: Tombstone Lifetime – Set it to the correct value.

If you have upgraded your Active Directory from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 SP1, 2008 or 2008R2 (or if you installed a pristine Windows 2003/2003 R2 forest), there is a high probability that you have overlooked updating the Active Directory Tombstone Lifetime from 60 days to the new default of 180 days. The tombstone … Continue reading Active Directory: Tombstone Lifetime – Set it to the correct value.

Restoring legacy backups on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

If you have attempted to restore legacy Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 backups on Windows 7  and Windows Server 2008 R2,  you would have been unabled to until now.   Microsoft has now released an update for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 to enable the restoration of backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server … Continue reading Restoring legacy backups on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Empty Root place holder – Still a valid design choice?

 Empty Root One of the questions as I am often asked is about having an empty place holder domain in the environment and whether one should still be deployed.When Active Directory was first released with Windows 2000, an empty root place holder domain was deemed best practice for a multitude of reasons.  Enterprise/Domain segregation The … Continue reading Empty Root place holder – Still a valid design choice?