Top Tip:Active Directory Domain Controllers and teamed network cards.

Active Directory Domain Controllers only support teamed network cards in a "Fail on Fault" configuration and not in a load balanced configuration. To quote Microsoft from the Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA): "The second way to protect against a network failure is to configure each domain controller with two separate network cards. Each card … Continue reading Top Tip:Active Directory Domain Controllers and teamed network cards.

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: 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.

Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Incremental Backups not working as expected?

Whilst reading the Microsoft document Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 I read with interest this paragraph. NTFS File System Setting HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\isNtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate\ (REG_DWORD) 1 . This system-global switch reduces disk I/O load and latencies by disabling the updating of the date and time stamp for the last file or directory access. This key is … Continue reading Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Incremental Backups not working as expected?