Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012

This guide follows on from the excellent Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Performance Tuning Guidelines and describes important tuning parameters and settings that you can adjust to improve the performance and energy efficiency of the Windows Server 2012 operating system. It describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed … Continue reading Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012

Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 – Updated

I have previously written about this, but feel it's worthy of another mention.  Microsoft have hidden away on their WHDC (Windows Hardware Developer Central) website, an excellent document on Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2.  It is worthy of a read as it details lots of changes in functionality that can affect performance.The … Continue reading Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 – Updated

Display Operating System and Service Pack information in Active Directory Users and Computers.

I recently found a need to have Operating System and Service Pack information displayed dynamically in Active Directory Users and Computers rather than have it hardcoded into the Description attribute of the computer object. I remembered that many moons ago, I had seen Dean Wells demonstrate this ability, so I dug out my notes and … Continue reading Display Operating System and Service Pack information in Active Directory Users and Computers.

Active Directory: Diagnostic Logging

When troubleshooting Active Directory the first place that most people look is the Windows Server event logs, the event logs can provide a wealth of information about the state of an Active Directory, but by default the recorded information is limited to the logging of critical and error events. To enable detailed diagnostic logging there … Continue reading Active Directory: Diagnostic Logging

Single-Label-Domains in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) – Considerations, Migration, and Co-existence

  Microsoft have published an excellent document on Single-Label-Domains in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) - Considerations, Migration, and Co-existence. It is well worth a read, even if you are not impacted by this issue. Management Summary An Active Directory domain name that contains one or more labels separated by a dot is referred … Continue reading Single-Label-Domains in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) – Considerations, Migration, and Co-existence

Is your Active Directory ready for Office 365?

With Office 365 being available at the end of this month (28 June 2011), I have been looking at the impact it may have on an on-premises Active Directory and the issues that must be resolved in order for it to fully integrate with Office 365. Single Label Domains: Singles Label Domains (SLD’s) are not … Continue reading Is your Active Directory ready for Office 365?

Quest RMADFE – Getting the XML Export to work.

This week I have been implementing Quest Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition.  As the implementation is a global implementation I have a requirement for more than one management console (if you know the product, you’ll know what I mean). The official documentation from Quest states that the process for this is: Step 1: … Continue reading Quest RMADFE – Getting the XML Export to work.