At the same time Microsoft released the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 bits to MSDN subscribers, they also released the Release Notes on a page on the Microsoft Download Center. On this page you can view the critical issues, that have currently been identified, that might require avoidance or workaround to get Windows Server … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: Important Issues in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 (Release Notes)"
I’ve referred to the Windows Server 2003 Domain Functional Level (DFL) as the ‘golden’ functional level a couple of times. Dave has a blogpost where he concludes the same from an Exchange Server point of view. However, from an Active Directory point of view, the Windows Server 2008 Domain Functional Level (DFL) gains much traction … Continue reading "Checking replication of raising the Domain Functional Level to Windows Server 2008 in a pragmatic and programmatic way"
In six months time, on July 14 2015, Microsoft ends the extended support for Windows Server 2003. After 11 years and 6 months (Windows Server 2003 became generally available on May 28th, 2003) the plug is pulled on updates to the product and the support information on TechNet, MSDN and its KnowledgeBase. Running Active Directory on Operating … Continue reading "Advances in Active Directory since Windows Server 2003"
In extensively managed networking environments, devices are generally domain-joined and employees gain mobility across these devices through folder redirection, offline files and roaming profiles. VPN access is mostly available, but when looking closely you might distinguish the occasional DirectAccess implementation. In these environments, mobility over several devices, for instance a desktop and a laptop, often, … Continue reading "Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 15, Roaming Profile incompatibilities"
In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduced the new streamlined Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard, that in most Microsoft documentation is labeled the successor to dcpromo.exe. I’m a big fan of the new wizard, but there’s one feature I don’t use: the automatic Active Directory preparation steps it can perform for you to update the … Continue reading "I’m still an ADPrep kinda guy"
Your organization might still be running their Active Directory Domain Services on top of Windows Server 2003-based Domain Controllers. You might be looking to replace these servers with Windows Server 2012-based Domain Controllers, either to utilize the new features, make the most out of your virtualization project or to simply do away with the aging … Continue reading "Transitioning your Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2012"
Six months ago, I wrote on 10 Things you need to be aware of before deploying Dynamic Access Control. As point 8, I told that the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) does not support cross-forest migrating Dynamic Access Control (DAC). As an Active Directory admin, ADMT, obviously, would be the first tool to look you … Continue reading "Cross-forest Migrating Dynamic Access Control"
Last time we discussed how to transition your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008, which was something a lot of you were interested in. This time I'm talking in-place upgrading Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers.
PrintMig 3.1 is the short name for the tool that is better known as Microsofts 'Windows Server 2003 Print Migrator 3.1'. You can use this tool to backup and restore print server settings and printer settings in migration scenarios. This allows you to migrate printers within minutes, while preserving settings, like seperator pages, spool folder, ports, … Continue reading "PrintMig"
One of the most specialised tools that I regularly use and absolutely love is the Microsoft Exchange Server Mailbox Merge Wizard. (ExMerge) Lately I find myself pondering about the future of my old friend, which has been my partner in crime in the last past years.