Category Archives: Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in Netlogon could allow remote code execution (MS16-076, KB3167691, CVE-2016-3228)

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

Yesterday, Microsoft released update 3167691 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address an important vulnerability in Windows Server’s Netlogon functionality, allowing remote code execution on all supported Windows Server versions. About the vulnerability A vulnerability has been detected, that could allow remote code execution if an attacker with access to a Windows […]

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Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in Group Policy could allow elevation of privilege(MS61-072, KB3163622, CVE-2016-3223)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

Yesterday, Microsoft released update 3163622 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address an important vulnerability that affects Group Policy on Windows 10.   About the vulnerability The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker launches a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack against the traffic passing between a domain controller and the target […]

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Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in DNS Server could allow remote code execution (MS16-071, KB3164065, CVE-2016-3227)

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

Yesterday, Microsoft released update KB3161951 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address a critical use after free vulnerability that affects DNS Servers running Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Previews.   About the vulnerability A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows Domain Name System (DNS) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Advances in Active Directory since Windows Server 2003

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 […]

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The video of my presentation at TechEd North America 2014 is now available

Microsoft has posted the 80-minute video of PCIT-B341 Upgrading Active Directory the Safe Way: Using Virtualization Technologies, the session Mike Resseler and I presented on Friday May 15, 2014 at Microsoft TechEd North America 2014. You can watch this session free of charge over on Channel 9, regardless of whether you’ve attended TechEd North America […]

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KnowledgeBase: Windows Server 2012 R2-based AD FS Proxy consumes 100% CPU

As part of the May 2014 Update Rollup, Microsoft has released an update for Windows Server 2012 R2-based Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Proxies, consuming 100% CPU. This leads to rejected logons and slow performance for colleagues trying to authenticate to the Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) infrastructure.     The situation The Active […]

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KnowledgeBase: You cannot log on as a local administrator when you restart in Directory Services Repair Mode

As part of the May 2014 Update Rollup, Microsoft has fixed a problem that I hope has not been bugging any Active Directory Admin… On Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2-based Domain Controllers, an issue was identified that blocks access to the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM).   The situation On Windows Server […]

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KnowledgeBase: Colleagues with IE get Windows prompts when authenticating to AD FS behind TMG, forms-based authentication when using Chrome or FireFox

Today, a colleague came up to me to ask me a question on a weird situation he encountered while troubleshooting an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) implementation at a customer site. Note: We didn’t implement this situation, but after solving this challenge, we gave some great pointers to get the environment sorted.   The […]

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