Why virtualize Domain Controllers?

One of the questions I get asked a lot is: Why virtualize Domain Controllers? So, in this blogpost, I’m showing you reasons why virtualization for Domain Controllers and Active Directory is a good idea. I also know there are a lot of caveats when virtualization Domain Controllers, so this blogpost serves as a small part … Continue reading "Why virtualize Domain Controllers?"

I'll be presenting at Microsoft Sinergija 16

I received a message from Microsoft Serbia on an opportunity to speak at its yearly Sinergija event at the Crowne Plaza hotel and conference center in Belgrade on October 17th and October 18th 2016; An event, a Microsoft subsidiary and a country with an extensive legacy and rich heritage. Readers of my blog in this … Continue reading "I'll be presenting at Microsoft Sinergija 16"

Knowledgebase: You receive Event-ID 1539 and ‘This device does not allow its write-caching setting to be changed’ warnings on virtualized Generation 2 Domain Controllers

When I was in training as an Active Directory admin, I was taught that the disk(s) where the Active Directory database and Active Directory transaction logs reside are automatically configured with write-back caching disabled. Today, roughly 15 years later, I found out that although my teacher was right, things have changed and might be counter-intuitive … Continue reading "Knowledgebase: You receive Event-ID 1539 and ‘This device does not allow its write-caching setting to be changed’ warnings on virtualized Generation 2 Domain Controllers"

Running downlevel VMs on Windows 10 Hyper-V? Update the Integration Components

I’m seeing lots of people adopting the Technical Previews of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 around me, and running Virtual Machines (VMs) on the built-in Hyper-V hypervisor seems to be among the scenarios tested thoroughly. Microsoft has issued a KnowledgeBase article detailing an update in the Integration Components (ICs) for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, … Continue reading "Running downlevel VMs on Windows 10 Hyper-V? Update the Integration Components"

Video: Running highly-sensitive Domain Controllers on Hyper-V and Azure

Active Directory Domain Controllers hold the keys to your kingdom. So how do you virtualize these castles of identity, without compromising on the requirements of your organization? In this session, Raymond Comvalius (Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP) and Sander Berkouwer (Directory Services MVP) give best practices for hardening, backing up, restoring and managing virtualized … Continue reading "Video: Running highly-sensitive Domain Controllers on Hyper-V and Azure"