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Apr 26, 2010
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Deploying Office 2010

Is it time for you to deploy Office 2010? 5 approaches to making it work. I saw a down-and-dirty comparison of the five main options you have to deploy Office 2010 in your organization. You might think of them as five flavors spread out along a spectrum between sweet flexibility at one end and tart control at the other....More
Apr 23, 2010
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Graduate-level Active Directory Training

In this time of “how far can you squeeze your IT training dollar”, there are a couple of world-class AD education resources available. And one of them is free....More
Apr 22, 2010
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Office 2010 Coolness: 3 Features I Liked 1

Office 2010 launch event prompts desire for life on the bleeding edge. About 30 of us intrepid fools spent a morning with Microsoft yesterday at the Office 2010 launch event in Fort Collins, Colorado, getting a taste of what the 2010 versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint will offer....More
Apr 21, 2010
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A Simple Way to Back Up Your DNS Zone

I came across Jared Crandall writing about A Nifty Trick to Backing-up AD Integrated DNS Zones in the CBFIVE solutions blog. It’s a good and simple solution to an oft-asked question: If you’re running AD-integrated DNS zones, how can you extract the zone’s contents from AD?...More
Apr 21, 2010
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A Flowchart To Help Your AD Troubleshooting

The 1.0 version of the Active Directory troubleshooting flowchart is available. It may not cover everything – but it covers a lot....More
Apr 17, 2010
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Got R2? Never Create A Regular Service Account Again

Okay, this isn’t strictly troubleshooting, but I DID have trouble creating my first MSAs in my R2 Active Directory, so I thought I’d save you a little digging. from the quick launch, you need to do an import-module activedirectory New-ADServiceAccount -name msa-SQLsvc -path "cn=managed service accounts,dc=deuby,dc=net" what kind of rights do you need?...More
Apr 16, 2010
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Flowcharting your AD Recovery Process

Version 1.0 of my Active Directory Recovery Flowchart is now available. It's a flowchart that covers most of the high-level decisions you’re likely to encounter with recovering part or all of your Active Directory. Do you need to recover a domain controller? Should you rebuild the entire DC or can you just remove Active Directory from it? What do you do if it’s a DC with a FSMO role? What are your options for object recovery? Your answers are here....More
Apr 15, 2010
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Welcome to AD Troubleshooting! 1

Hi everyone, My name is Sean Deuby and I’m a Directory Services MVP (and contributing editor here), which means I’m an Active Directory geek. I’ve worked with Active Directory since its beta days.  I wrote a book about it when it was first released, and since then I've spent almost 10 years working with it at Intel and speaking and writing about it. Why did I create this blog? To help make the Active Directory administrator’s job just a little bit easier. Active Directory is one of Microsoft’s most complicated infrastructure systems. To me, this means three things: 1) everyone uses it, 2) everyone (and everything) depends on it, but 3) not everyone is an expert on it. Let's see what we can do about number 3....More
Apr 15, 2010
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Microsoft Excel Add-in Cuts Construction Waste

Cutting waste, Excel style. Here's a Microsoft Excel solution you might not have seen before. Optimalon Software recently announced 1DCutX, an Excel extension that finds the optimal cutting layout for construction materials....More
Apr 12, 2010
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(12) Comprehensive W2K8 R2 Upgrade Guide Now Available

Microsoft has recently published what they intend to be a comprehensive location to cover any issues you might encounter  during your Windows Server 2008 R2 upgrades. With the descriptive (if not concise) title “Microsoft Support Quick Start for Adding Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers to Existing Domains”, it will certainly be a page-turner for you enterprise admins planning your W2K8 R2 upgrades. For those of you that really DO want to turn the pages (sometimes there’s no substitute for dropping an article on your desk and attacking it with highlighters), there’s a downloadable version too....More
Apr 11, 2010
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(11) Happy Birthday, corp.intel.com!

Ten years ago today* a few of us DCPROMO’d the first domain controller for Intel’s Active Directory root domain, less than two months after the product was released as part of Windows 2000 (February 17th, 2000). Intel was part of the Windows 2000 Joint Development Program (later called the Technology Adoption Program), a collection of about 30 companies that worked closely with  Microsoft as the product neared its release....More
Apr 11, 2010
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(10) W2K8 R2 AD Tips: Watch the LAN Manager Authentication Level

Again, when you have NT4 or Windows 2000 clients you have to pay attention to LAN Manager (LM) compatibility problems when you upgrade your domain controllers. The LM authentication or compatibility  level determines which LAN Manager authentication protocols (LM, NTLM, or NTLMv2) the client will try to negotiate or that the server will accept....More
Apr 11, 2010
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(9) W2K8 R2 AD Upgrade Tips: No LM Hash policy for old clients

For those of you contemplating a W2K8 or R2 upgrade from W2K3, here’s another tidbit to check. If you add a W2K8 or R2 DC to an existing W2K3 domain, (very) old clients that can only use LAN Manager (LM) authentication instead of Kerberos will break. This is because W2K8 and W2K8 R2 have changed policy to never store the easily-hackable LM hash in the local SAM database or in AD, which the old clients require. If you do still have old computers in the domain that require this, first you have my sympathy :). Second, you need to look at KB946405 on how to re-enable it again. Technorati Tags: W2K8,W2K8 R2,AD upgrade,no LM hash policy,group policy...More
Apr 11, 2010
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(8) W2K8 R2 AD Upgrade Tip: NTLM Changes

Today’s Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory upgrade tip is around changes in NTLM authentication in Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 and how they affect downlevel clients. They’re summarized in this TechNet article: In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, NTLM-based minimum session security policy is set to require a minimum of 128-bit encryption for both client computers and servers for new installations of Windows....More
Apr 11, 2010
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(7) Never Be The First Through The Minefield: W2K8 AD Upgrade Tips

I want to devote a few posts on known issues encountered on the upgrade path from a Windows 2003 Active Directory to Windows 2008 R2. Even though Windows 2008 has been out for a few years, and now we have R2, most people are still running their AD on Windows 2003. I’m sure many folks are looking at W2K8 R2, though, and are ready to move forward once they have a little cash. One of my IT pro maxims is “Never be first through the minefield.”...More
Apr 11, 2010
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(6) Free Lab Training On New(& newish) AD Features

Are you perhaps considering upgrading your DCs from Windows 2003 to 2008 R2, but you want to kick the tires of some of the new features available in it and Windows 2008? I’ve got a resource for you. Doing some other research, I found that TechNet Virtual Labs has a good amount of resources on AD features...More
Apr 7, 2010
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Moodle Add-in Brings Office Agility to Educators

Moodle add-in integrates Office with classroom. If you have to ask “What is a Moodle?”* you probably don’t need to read further. But if you’re an IT pro in the education arena, you might want to check out Microsoft’s recently released add-in for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003 that lets educators open and save Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents directly to and from Moodle websites....More
Apr 7, 2010
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VirtualizationPro Summit 2010, Part 1

Some highlights from last month's summit in Las Vegas. The VirtualizationPro Summit was March 16-19 in Las Vegas. It was my first conference and my first time in Vegas as an adult, so it was a good time....More
Apr 1, 2010
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SharePoint Chuck

Who IS this SharePoint dude named Chuck? Chuck Norris jokes have been going on in my household for years. They have even seeped into the SharePoint universe. Still making the rounds of the blogosphere is SharePoint Comic’s “Chuck Norris and SharePoint” post from last fall....More
Mar 24, 2010
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Tell Us How You Choose Products

Are you a Hyper-V person or an ESX person? PC or Mac? Are you a Hyper-V person or an ESX person? PC or Mac? Or are you staunchly brand-disloyal, particularly when you're buying hardware and software on a tight budget—figuring that whatever costs the least and works OK will win the bid?...More
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