Active Directory: Forest Recovery – Whitepaper updated.

Microsoft have updated the must read Active Directory document on Active Directory Forest Recovery. “The guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest if forest-wide failure renders all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally. The steps, which you must customize for your particular environment, describe how to recover the entire … Continue reading Active Directory: Forest Recovery – Whitepaper updated.

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

Facebook: Are some of you friends making too much noise (or not enough)?

  Two features that I have configured on Facebook that I feel are worth pointing out: Noise reduction (or increase). Facebook has introduced a “subscribed” feature for your friends, this allows you to control the amount of noise that is generated on your profile. The default is “Most Updates” which for most people is enough, … Continue reading Facebook: Are some of you friends making too much noise (or not enough)?

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