Application Compatibility Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (oh and Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 too).

Application Compatibility Update for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2: February 2010 Application Compatibility  updates often go under the radar and only surface when people start to experience issues. This update is the latest one from Microsoft and addresses multiple issues. If anyone ever sees me playing Looney Tunes Merrie … Continue reading Application Compatibility Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (oh and Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 too).

So you’ve found the objects in your Active Directory, but where exactly are they?

Have you ever gone to Active Directory and searched for an object, found it, but then still did not really know where it is, as the results returned are not helpful, beyond proving that is exists? This little tidbit may help. So you have gone into Active Directory and in the Europe OU, you need … Continue reading So you’ve found the objects in your Active Directory, but where exactly are they?

Free Event: Windows Crash Dump Analysis and Windows Performance Troubleshooting and Analysis

The [WSUG] Windows Server User Group that I run with Mark Wilson has the pleasure of hosting Dan Pearson, from David Solomon's Expert Seminars, http://www.solsem.com/  Dan is in London teaching the week of TechDays UK and has kindly agreed to present on the evening of  Tuesday 13th April (18:30-21:00 at Microsoft, Cardinal Place, London) to the community. Registration: … Continue reading Free Event: Windows Crash Dump Analysis and Windows Performance Troubleshooting and Analysis

Reduce the load on a Windows Domain Controller.

If you have a domain controller that you wish to reduce the number of client authentication requests that are processed then by adjusting the the servers weight or priority you can either: Reduce the number of client authentication requests received by adjusting the domain controller's DNS weight record  or to ensure that the domain controller does not … Continue reading Reduce the load on a Windows Domain Controller.

Active Directory: and other relevant Windows scalability metrics.

Active Directory can scale to the largest of infrastructures but it does have some limitations, some limits could take a long time to reach other and other limitations could be easily reached without realising. This is what I have discovered so far. Limitations. Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). The Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of … Continue reading Active Directory: and other relevant Windows scalability metrics.

Draw your Active Directory Automagically.

When I am at a customers site I am often asked "How did you draw our Active Directory so quick?".  The answer is  - I cheat and I use the The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool (ADTD),  which enables Visio to automatically draw a diagram of your Active Directory environment, detailing it's Domain topology, sites, OU structure and … Continue reading Draw your Active Directory Automagically.

Interesting KB Articles: Unexpectedly slow startup in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Scenario: You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. This computer is connected to a high resolution monitor. On this computer, the default dots per inch (DPI) display setting is set to a value other than 96 DPI. In this scenario, the computer has an unexpectedly slow startup time … Continue reading Interesting KB Articles: Unexpectedly slow startup in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2