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“speaking 2.0” at Microsoft TechEd today
I’m speaking today about “The Evolution of Active Directory Recovery” at TechEd 2012 US (SIA319, 1pm in Hall N310) . The session will also be streamed. I had a great idea, and I’m looking forward to see how it’s working. And I haven’t seen this before...

Posted Thu, Jun 14 2012 17:48 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 1 comment(s)

“Active Directory” SPECIAL EDITION of the IT-Administrator published
MVP Florian Frommherz and I wrote a Special Edition of the IT-Administrator: almost 180 pages which provide in-depth information about Active Directory. We are discussing the Evolution of AD, Domain and Forest Strategies, Understanding the Domain/Forest...

Posted Thu, Nov 4 2010 22:24 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 3 comment(s)

How to get more Infrastructure Masters in your domain?
Usually we have one Infrastructure Master in the domain who’s responsible to maintain references to objects in other domains – such as users which are members of a group in a different domain – to make sure if the target-object (user) is being renamed...

Posted Sat, Feb 13 2010 18:05 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Adjusting the Tombstone Lifetime
I just had a pretty interesting discussion via a mailing list with some other Active Directory MVPs and some members of the Active Directory Product Group in Redmond. As we know, there is a new default for the tombstone lifetime in Active Directory. The...

Posted Wed, Feb 10 2010 11:00 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 3 comment(s)

Previous Versions in Windows Home Server
Hi there and happy new year! Last year the server I used at home went dead, and since it was pretty customized it’s also pretty ugly to repair. I’ve used it as virtualization host and file server, with three hard drives – the first for the operating system...

Posted Sat, Jan 9 2010 13:48 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Using AD-Powershell to protect OUs from accidental deletion
If you use Active Directory-Users and –Computers from Windows Server 2008 or higher (also ships with the Remote Server Administration Tools in Windows Vista or Windows 7), or the Active Directory Administrative Center in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Win7...

Posted Wed, Nov 11 2009 15:30 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 1 comment(s)

djoin.exe not a Powershell command
I’ve heard from a speaker I respect the question whether Microsofts strategies are consequent because they are basing everything on Powershell, however the djoin.exe-command is not a Powershell command. Interesting one, but also very understandable if...

Posted Mon, Nov 9 2009 15:29 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Clarifications of a stopped Active Directory
In Windows Server 2008 you are able to stop Active Directory-Domain Services using the services snap-in or by typing net stop ntds However, this is for servicing only and not a state where the DC is intended to be kept for a longer period. Stopping AD...

Posted Tue, Sep 15 2009 15:18 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 2 comment(s)

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are finished
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 were RTMd yesterday (June 22nd). Products are finished now, the code won’t be changed and the preparations for making them available via Download as well as producing the DVDs has started. Read the announcements on...

Posted Thu, Jul 23 2009 10:48 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Windows Server 2008 R2 (and Windows 7) availability
Hyper-Excited: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will be finalized in the second half of July, which is when they will become available for Partners and MSDN a.s.o., and broadly available (Stores, on new PCs a.s.o.) at the End of October!!! Windows...

Posted Wed, Jun 3 2009 10:59 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Contacts displayed as containers
At TechEd I was staffing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory-Booth. We had a lot of interesting questions, scenarios and discussions there. One interesting issue was a customer who asked us why his contacts in Active Directory are being displayed...

Posted Sun, May 17 2009 10:58 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 availability announced for the holiday season
I do have to say that I’m super-excited – or as Mark Russinovich tries to introduce the term … “Hyper-Excited” (Mark: would this be Hyper-E? – just kidding). Bill Veghte (Sr. Vice President, Windows Business, Microsoft) and Ian McDonald (General Manager...

Posted Mon, May 11 2009 21:05 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Rumors about AD-Snapshots
I've recently heard /read some rumors about AD-Snapshots. As I wrote before in Timetraveling Active Directory the new feature of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008 - AD-Snapshots or "the Database Mounting Tool" (how Microsoft calls...

Posted Mon, Aug 4 2008 17:17 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

How many Infrastructure Masters do you have?
There are certain roles in Active Directory - which is a multi-master directory (meaning that every DC can write if he's member of the domain) - which need a "single-master", someone who takes care that certain things are only performed...

Posted Thu, Jul 31 2008 14:09 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Why Clients don't (need to) understand the concept of Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC)
Hi There, just back from TechEd, it's time for some technical posts. So one of the questions I got very often is what you need in your infrastructure to deploy read-only Domain Controllers. Along with that question goes what Client-Version of the...

Posted Mon, Jun 16 2008 19:08 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

HEROS happen {here}
For the past three days I was at the Microsoft Launch Event Germany , the first and as we were told biggest (by the number of attendees) Launch for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. I did three presentations: Active Directory...

Posted Thu, Feb 21 2008 15:08 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 1 comment(s)

Congrats Microsoft: Windows Server 2008 is RTM
I cannot state it any better: the best Windows Server release ever has been released to manufacturing - Windows Server 2008 is finished. Windows Server 2008 is very stable and very well-done for production use. As I wrote before we at Computacenter are...

Posted Tue, Feb 5 2008 8:12 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

I'm on the Edge [;)]
Last week I was at TechEd:IT-Forum in Barcelona. I'll follow up with more details later. However the guys from edge.technet.com have done an interview with me, which went online last night. I was speaking about my sessions, AD Restore in Windows Server...

Posted Thu, Nov 22 2007 0:23 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

Security-Boundary: Forest vs. Domain
About time for a somewhat technical post: In some Newsgroup we recently discussed if it's considered Best-Practice to deploy a lot of single-domain forests as opposed to a single multi-domain forest. The major reason herefore was that in the early...

Posted Sat, Aug 25 2007 18:47 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | 1 comment(s)

VMRCPlus out of the secret storage
Finally VMRCPlus is available to the public. I was bugging MS for years if they can't release it, and finally it's available. VMRCPlus is a frontend for the users of Virtual Server, which provides a full console application instead of having VMRC...

Posted Tue, Jul 3 2007 8:33 by Ulf B. Simon-Weidner | with no comments

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