Active Directory Time Sync (broken by default)

Active Directory relies on accurate time for a number of reasons. One of this reasons is Kerberos authentication, which by nature can only cope with a difference in time (time skew) of five minutes between the Kerberos server and client. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think the time skew limitation and the overall Kerberos … Continue reading "Active Directory Time Sync (broken by default)"

Active Directory Visibility Modes

While being involved with my company’s Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) implementation I ran into the Active Directory List Object Access Mode, set through the DS-Heuristics attribute. I decided to give you a little rundown of this mode and the other (default) Active Directory Visibility mode, how they’re different, how to enable (and disable) one … Continue reading "Active Directory Visibility Modes"

Upgrading your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

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.

Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

You might be running Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 Domain Controllers at the moment and you're looking to replace these servers with Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers to utilize the new features of Windows Server 2008. You might also be looking to replace your aging Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 … Continue reading "Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008"

File Server Migration Toolkit

Migrating a File server is not a difficult task, but for some reason people think this is impossible within a production environment without impact and without cost. With Microsoft's File Server Migration Toolkit migration is a breeze, but it may not be the tool you want to use. I'll explain how to use the File Server Migration … Continue reading "File Server Migration Toolkit"