If you have multiple domain controllers (dc) within a site and you would like to have one of these dc's refered to more often or only if no other dc is available. Selection of a dc within a site is controlled by both the weight and priority. Weight of a Domain Controller By default all dc's … Continue reading "Changing the Weight and Priority of a Domain Controller Within a Site"
Moving the NTP service to a new PDCe
Want to move the time service to the new PDCe? This is something that is required if you have just moved the PDCe to a new Domain Controller. First you need to reset the old PDCe time service, so that it is part of the domain heirarchy (Or you just want to reset a client back … Continue reading "Moving the NTP service to a new PDCe"
AD Clients Not Authenticating to its Local Site
Ever have a Branch Office or Site that has clients that doesn't authenticate to the local dc? Adminstrators get confused and start looking at the client to try and figure out what is wrong, when it is most likely and incorrectly configured Sites and Services subnet situation. When a workstation first logs on (Machines log onto … Continue reading "AD Clients Not Authenticating to its Local Site"
Active Directory Cleanup – The Most Common Question I See
I am out in the Microsoft NewsGroups and quite often I see someone having trouble with their Active Directory (AD) domain. The number one issue I see is they will lose a Domain Controller (DC) and just move on without realizing that without letting the rest of the DC’s know that this machine is not … Continue reading "Active Directory Cleanup – The Most Common Question I See"
Disabling IPv6 on Windows 2008
I have run into nothing but trouble with IPv6. Not that there is anything in particular that is wrong, but not all apps understand and can work with it. For example I am running a geographically dispersed cluster on a Windows server with 2008 Exchange 2007 on a Dell 2950. I am getting these odd Event Log … Continue reading "Disabling IPv6 on Windows 2008"
Bare Metal Backup and Recovery of a Windows 2008 Server with WBAdmin
I work in a shop where we are unable to roll out the latest version of Veritas' NetBackUp (NBU) do to bugs. Although the version 6.5.3 now supports Windows 2008, it can't provide a clean backup that can be trusted so we needed to find a way to roll out a backup product. So while … Continue reading "Bare Metal Backup and Recovery of a Windows 2008 Server with WBAdmin"
Troubleshooting Active Directory Issues
There are a number of different issues that can create problems with Active Directory: When someone has troubles and unclear as to why I usually suggest the following: Run diagnostics against your Active Directory domain. If you don't have the support tools installed, install them from your server install disk. d:\support\tools\setup.exe Run dcdiag, netdiag and … Continue reading "Troubleshooting Active Directory Issues"