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Types of Locators

Types of Locators http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/distrib/dsbc_nar_lzii.mspx?mfr=true 1.     IP/DNS-compatible Locator 2.     Windows NT 4.0–compatible Locator By default a client that knows in what AD site it is in, will ask for a DC in that same site by querying DNS with: _ldap._tcp.<SITE>._sites.dc._msdcs.<DOMAIN>.<TLD> By...
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Dc locator

Dc locator How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows XP Article ID : 314861 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314861 How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows XP SUMMARY This article describes the mechanism that Windows XP Professional uses to locate a domain controller in...
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Description of the Windows XP Professional Fast Logon Optimization feature

Description of the Windows XP Professional Fast Logon Optimization feature Description of the Windows Fast Logon Optimization feature http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305293 This article section describes the Windows Fast Logon Optimization feature. By default in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows...
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Fast Logon Optimization

Fast Logon Optimization To turn off Fast Logon Optimization, you can use the following policy setting: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\ Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon When this policy is enabled, a Windows XP client behaves in...
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How to change Terminal Server's listening port

How to change Terminal Server's listening port Change Port To change the default port for all new connections created on the Terminal Server:   1. Run Regedt32 and go to this key:   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp   NOTE: The above registry...
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How to override the license server discovery process in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services

How to override the license server discovery process in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services win2k3 Terminal License Server Discovery 1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Parameters new key "LicenseServers" Now Locate and then click the following key in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Parameters\LicenseServers 2. New key for...
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Establishing preferred Windows 2000 Terminal Services license server

Establishing preferred Windows 2000 Terminal Services license server http://support.microsoft.com/kb/239107 License server Discovery on the Terminal Server (using the TSLS's IP address) Win2k Terminal License Server Discovery Establishing preferred Windows 2000 Terminal Services license server HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Parameters Name: DefaultLicenseServer Data type: REG_SZ...
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The server has reached it's license logon limit

The server has reached it's license logon limit You might get this error message in the domain when clients try to connect to the terminal server. When you / OR your user try to establish a session with the terminal...
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Terminal Server is unavailable Event ID 1111

Terminal Server is unavailable Event ID 1111   Problem Description: No users are able to access the Terminal Server Clients get an error message that the server is not available. On Terminal Server we are getting event ID 1111  ...
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No Terminal Services License Server is Available in the Current Domain or Workgroup

No Terminal Services License Server is Available in the Current Domain or Workgroup Terminal Server - Windows 2000 Licensing Server - Windows 2003   Error while opening the Terminal Server Licensing on the Windows 2000 Terminal Server   Error: No...
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How to fix most of the problems where TS clients are unable to connect

How to fix most of the problems where TS clients are unable to connect Number  : SOX000209700014 Created  : 02/09/2000 Region  : US TITLE: How to fix problems where TS clients are unable to connect Problem Description The troubleshooting steps...
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Issue: "Client is unable to connect to the terminal server"

Issue: "Client is unable to connect to the terminal server" Issue: "Client is unable to connect to the terminal server" You have clients that are trying to connect to the Terminal Server. But there is for some reason they are...
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Cannot obtain licenses from a license server in a different forest

Cannot obtain licenses from a license server in a different forest Issue: If you have two different forests and a Terminal Server License Server (TSLS) is there in the second forest and the Terminal Server (TS) is in the first...
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Application event id – winlogon 1219

Application event id – winlogon 1219 Login rejected for domain\user name. Unable to obtain TS user configuration. Access denied. SOX040914700088\SOX050407700083\SOX040417700004 Winlogon event id's......?Please read on this topic again [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server] IgnoreRegUserConfigErrors =dword:1 Problem Description When some or all domain users...
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Override License server discovery when TSLS is on Windows 2000 machine which is not a domain controller using the –nodc switch

Override License server discovery when TSLS is on Windows 2000 machine which is not a domain controller using the –nodc switch The typical Windows 2000 Terminal Services Licensing Discovery process that is used by Windows 2000 Terminal Servers does not...
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You cannot connect to a Windows 2000 Terminal server if your Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services license is expired

You cannot connect to a Windows 2000 Terminal server if your Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services license is expired http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837321 You cannot connect to a Windows 2000 Terminal server if your Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services license is expired Important...
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Error message when many users log on to a Windows Server 2003-based terminal server through RDP connections: "Winlogon has encountered a problem and needs to close"

Win2k3 Terminal Server Error - Winlogon has encountered a problem and needs to close Error message when many users log on to a Windows Server 2003-based terminal server through RDP connections: "Winlogon has encountered a problem and needs to close"...
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TermServLicensing 38

TermServLicensing 38 You cannot activate a Terminal Services license server in Windows 2000 Server or in Windows Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/887444 You cannot activate a Terminal Services license server in Windows 2000 Server or in Windows Server 2003 SYMPTOMS When you...
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Pacthelp

Pacthelp This is Microsoft Internal. I do not know if Pacthelp supports mails/calls from non-Microsoft Representatives. You should only speak to Pacthelp, when you need urgent critical help with Licensing. They assist in getting access to Lost Licensing Information as...
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How to transfer Terminal Services CAL from one client computer to another

How to transfer Terminal Services CAL from one client computer to another 1. Click Start, click Run, type Regedit.exe, and then click OK. 2. Locate the following key in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MSLicensing\Store\ 3. Delete the TS CAL key, probably LICENSE001....
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Event 17 is recorded in the System log on a Windows 2000 Server-based computer that is running Terminal Services Licensing Server

Event 17 is recorded in the System log on a Windows 2000 Server-based computer that is running Terminal Services Licensing Server http://support.microsoft.com/kb/887443 Event 17 is recorded in the System log on a Windows 2000 Server-based computer that is running Terminal...
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RDP Fails to Connect With Citrix Errors

RDP Fails to Connect With Citrix Errors SOX051026700052 TITLE: RDP Fails to Connect With Citrix Errors [ ] Problem Description Citrix users were unable to logon to any Windows Server 2003 Terminal Servers. Attempts to logon with the Citrix ICA...
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How to reset the database of Terminal License Server in Windows Server 2008

How to reset the database of Terminal License Server in Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server Licensing Server 2008 Database Reset Do take extreme care and precaution while following these steps. Do take a back-up before proceeding, and do take back-up...
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A Windows Server 2003-based terminal server cannot locate the Terminal Services license server

The terminal server cannot locate the license server A Windows Server 2003-based terminal server cannot locate the Terminal Services license server http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945631 When you use a Windows Server 2003-based server that has Terminal Server enabled, the terminal server cannot locate...
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Terminal Services License Server Security Group Configuration

Terminal Services License Server Security Group Configuration http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc775331.aspx Terminal Services License Server Security Group Configuration Applies To: Windows Server 2008 When the TS Licensing role service is installed on the server, the Terminal Server Computers local group is created. The...
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How to locate a telephone number for the Microsoft Clearinghouse

How to locate a telephone number for the Microsoft Clearinghouse Clearing house (888) 571 2048 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291795 How to locate a telephone number for the Microsoft Clearinghouse SUMMARY This article describes how to locate the appropriate telephone number for the Microsoft...
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Terminal Services Licensing Service Discovery

Terminal Services Licensing Service Discovery http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301932 SUMMARY This article describes the Terminal Services Licensing service discovery methods that are used by Windows Server 2003-based servers. MORE INFORMATION Workgroup or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Domain If a server that has Terminal...
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Terminal Server CALS

Terminal Server CALS Terminal Server Client Access Licenses Brief: Note To use both User and Device TS CALs at the same time on the same Terminal Server, configure the server to use the Per User TS CAL licensing option. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823313...
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Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (TS CALs)

Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (TS CALs) Types of Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (TS CALs) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731629.aspx When Per Device licensing mode is used, and a client computer or device connects to a terminal server for the first time, the...
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Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server licensing issues and requirements for deployment

Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server licensing issues and requirements for deployment This article contains information that can help you understand and successfully deploy Terminal Services on computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This article discusses the following topics:...
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Windows 2008 Terminal Server License

Windows 2008 Terminal Server License Information to know about Windows 2008 Terminal Server License 1. We cannot install the Windows 2008 TS License on a Windows 2003 License Server. 2. If we install the Windows 2008 TS License on a...
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Terminal Server and Terminal Server License Server

TS and TSLS Terminal Server and Terminal Server License Server http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/prork/prdc_mcc_tqht.mspx?mfr=true Mobile Computing Roaming user profiles make it possible for users to use different computers within the corporate network and still retain a consistent desktop. With a roaming user profile,...
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Add Windows NT 4.0 BDCs to Windows Server 2003 Domain

Add Windows NT 4.0 BDCs to Windows Server 2003 Domain http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/ecee784a-9e2d-4e54-b0b2-5ec726ebe53f1033.mspx?mfr=true Add Windows NT 4.0 BDCs to Windows Server 2003 Domain If you have applications in your environment that can run only on a Windows NT 4.0–based domain controller and...
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How To Upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-Based PDC to a Windows Server 2003-Based Domain Controller

How To Upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-Based PDC to a Windows Server 2003-Based Domain Controller http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326209 SUMMARY This step-by-step article describes how to upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-based primary domain controller (PDC) to a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller. The...
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The Active Directory database garbage collection process

The Active Directory database garbage collection process APPLIES TO ·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86) ·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86) ·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86) ·         Microsoft Windows 2000...
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Useful shelf life of a system-state backup of Active Directory

Useful shelf life of a system-state backup of Active Directory APPLIES TO ·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86) ·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86) ·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems...
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Windows Server Resource Kit Tools

Windows Server Resource Kit Tools Windows Resource Kits The Microsoft Windows Resource Kits provide IT professionals with the technical information and tools they need to successfully deploy, manage, and support Windows operating systems. View the Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource...
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PortQryUI

PortQryUI - User Interface for the PortQry Command Line Port Scanner Download PortQryUI.exe, an add on User Interface utility for PortQry. Link >> Download PortQryUI >> http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=24009 Attachment 1 Product Name: Version: Publisher/Owner: Download Link: PortQryUI 1.0 Microsoft Corp. Windows...
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Userenv 1517

Userenv 1517 Install UPH Clean http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837115 You experience log off problems on a Windows XP-based, Windows Server 2003-based, Windows 2000-based, or Windows NT 4.0-based computer INTRODUCTION When you try to log off your computer, you cannot log off, or event...
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Userenv 1000, 1500, 1502, 1505, 1508

Userenv 1000, 1500, 1502, 1505, 1508 PROBLEM ========== You might experience random "Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service" errors on a newly built Windows 2003 SP2 Terminal Server. SYMPTOMS ============ -The following events would be logged: Userenv...
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Userenv 1054 - A negative ping time is displayed when you use the ping command.

Userenv 1054 The following error message is logged in the Application log: Event ID: 1054 Source: Userenv Type: Error Description: Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (The specified domain either does not exist or could...
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Userenv Errors 1504 and 1509 in the Windows XP Application Event Log After You Apply a Redirector

Userenv Errors 1504 and 1509 in the Windows XP Application Event Log After You Apply a Redirector http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826379 Userenv Errors 1504 and 1509 in the Windows XP Application Event Log After You Apply a Redirector Hotfix SYMPTOMS Users have assigned...
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How to enable and use Userenv Log on Windows

Userenv For Information on Interpreting Userenv Log Files and tracking User Environment Creation, use the following article link(s): Interpreting Userenv Log Files Userenv :: Tracking User Environment Creation How to enable Userenv log in Pre Vista / Windows Server 2008...
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Interpreting Userenv log files

Interpreting Userenv log files http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/ccd7b430-99a5-40fd-b68a-6c1979e565a21033.mspx?mfr=true Interpreting Userenv log files This topic explains how to interpret userenv log files. Userenv Logging With userenv, you can perform debug logging of the user profile and the system policy processes. Userenv also contains information...
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Domain Controller Diagnostics Tool (dcdiag.exe)

Dcdiag http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc776854.aspx Domain Controller Diagnostics Tool (dcdiag.exe) Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1 What does DCDiag.exe do? This command-line tool analyzes the state of one or all domain controllers in a forest and reports any problems to assist in...
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Monitoring Active Directory Health

Monitoring Active Directory Health http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc180912.aspx Monitoring Active Directory Health Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) monitors Active Directory — and the external components that are related to Active Directory — to ensure that their ongoing behavior falls within the bounds of...
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Troubleshooting SCECLI 1202 Events

Scecli 1202 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324383 Troubleshooting SCECLI 1202 Events Article ID : 324383 Troubleshooting SCECLI 1202 Events This article describes ways to troubleshoot and to resolve SCECLI 1202 events. MORE INFORMATION The first step in troubleshooting these events is to identify the...
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Active Directory Diagnostic Logging

Active Directory Diagnostic Logging http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/distrib/dsbi_add_oudd.mspx AD Logs Summary of Log Files Used in Active Directory Windows 2000 maintains specific log files that pertain to Active Directory. For example, when installing or removing Active Directory by using the Active Directory Installation...
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Directory Services Debug Logging Primer

Directory Services Debug Logging Primer http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/04/02/directory-services-debug-logging-primer.aspx Bhaskar here. In Directory Services we support a whole bunch of components which each have their own debug logging. A while back I pulled together all the information from various KB and TechNet articles...
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How to read FRSDIAG

How to read FRSDIAG It’s very  important to know how to read logs, specially logs like FRSdiag, DFSR Diag etc.  This article can help you to get maximum out of FRSDiag, I will roll out separate articles which can help...
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XP Logman command line utility

Logman   XP Logman command line utility XP Logman commandline utility   Windows XP includes powerful commandline admin utilities including logman to manage logs. You can use the Logman.exe tool to: ·         Remotely start and stop log file data collections...
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License Logging Service - LLS

License Logging Service - LLS   Description of the License Logging Service in Windows Server operating systems Description of the License Logging Service in Windows Server operating systems http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824196 SUMMARY License Logging Service (LLS) is a tool that was originally...
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FSMT

FSMT File Server Migration Toolkit The wizards in the File Server Migration Toolkit use Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths and to simplify the consolidation and migration process   Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2...
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NetBIOS

NetBIOS In Windows, Microsoft has developed a proprietary protocol for name resolution. Windows Internet Name Server WINS for short. WINS stores names of computers in a format called NetBIOS and for communication it uses a proprietary protocol called NetBUI....
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Troubleshooting Common Login ‘n’ Startup Issues

Troubleshooting Common Login 'n' Startup Issues To troubleshoot, To fix and To resolve common issues that are related to User Login and Start Up; we can look into a couple of things before calling the support professional. If you are...
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Login ‘n’ Startup :: Understanding Logon and Authentication

Login n Startup Understanding Logon and Authentication http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457114.aspx ============================================================================== When a user logs on to a computer, a series of steps begins that makes up the authentication process. Authentication validates user identity and defines resources that a user can access....
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DNS

DNS D.N.S. Server:             Domain Name Server is the server / service responsible for hosting DNS Zones; And also to resolve an FqDN to an IP Address.   If the DNS Zone is Dynamic (as is the case in Active...
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Folder Redirection Common Issues

Folder Redirection Common Issues When you redirect the Documents folder on a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer to a network share, the folder name unexpectedly changes back to Documents http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947222 SRQ081110600636, kb947222   When you redirect the Documents folder...
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Folder Redirection

Folder Redirection Folder Redirection Overview http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732275.aspx Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 Folder Redirection User settings and user files are typically stored in the local user profile, under the Users folder. The files in local user profiles...
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Dcpromo Demotion

Dcpromo Demotion The command to demote a Domain Controller (forcefully) is as follows:            dcpromo /forceremoval   The logs are found at the same location as for normal dcpromo operation; which was used to promote the server as Domain Controller....
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Delegation

Delegation In distributed systems, it is typical for one server to call another server to accomplish a task for a client. This functionality is called impersonation. To handle these requests for a client, the server must be given the authority...
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Active Directory Database Mounting

Active Directory Database Mounting Active Directory Database Mounting and Snapshot creation is a technique where in you can store instances of the whole Active Directory by taking its snapshot, and then you can mount these snapshots to activate that instance...
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Windows Server Core - Part 01

Windows Server Core - Part 01 To manage a server that is running a Server Core installation and is a domain member using an MMC snap-in 1.    Start an MMC snap-in, such as Computer Management. 2.    In the left pane,...
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Windows Server Core - Part 02 - dcpromo

Windows Server Core - Part 02 - dcpromo Appendix of Unattended Installation Parameters http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732086.aspx Appendix of Unattended Installation Parameters Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 The tables in this appendix provide the information that you need to...
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Active Directory Sites and Services

Active Directory Sites and Services Step-by-Step Guide to Active Directory Sites and Services http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/directory/activedirectory/stepbystep/adsrv.mspx Step-by-Step Guide to Active Directory Sites and Services   This guide explains how to use the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in to administer replication topology...
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Active Directory Replication

Active Directory Replication Active Directory Replication is process of replicating Active Directory data from one Domain Controller to another. It is an automated process which has its own schedule; which when occurs replicates initial data, data changes and new data...
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Account Lockout

Account Lockout Account Lockout is the Lockout of an user’s / service account due to entering incorrect credentials more than what is specified in the Account Lockout Section of the Password Policy for the Domain; after which you cannot use...
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Csvde

Csvde http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/cc771621(en-us,WS.10).aspx Csvde Applies To: Windows Server 2008 Csvde Imports and exports data from Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) using files that store data in the comma-separated value (CSV) format. You can also support batch operations based on...
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UAC

UAC The policies for User Account Control can be checked by going to:   Group policy Editor>>Computer configuration>>Windows settings>>Security settings>>Local policies>>Security Options.   User Account Control http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772207.aspx User Account Control Updated: May 1, 2008 Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows...
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Disk read errors

Disk read errors What are Disk Read Errors? The errors that occur due to failure of reading the file / folder on the Disk Drive (Internal Attached Hard Disk Drive OR External Attached Storage) are Disk Read Errors. They may...
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GINA Registry

GINA Registry What if you want to publish your own version of the Windows Logon screen? What if you want to alter the look and feel of the Windows Login Prompt?   Use Window GINA dll registry location. Windows Uses...
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Permissions

Permissions The Security ACL on a file/folder can be used to give access rights/permissions to users in an Active Directory Domain. Use the xcacls tool to modify / view permissions on files and folders. Xcacls http://support.microsoft.com/kb/825751 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318754   For Example;...
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Groups

Groups A Group is an object that can contain another security principle as its members. And it can be a member of another group as well. As the two domains are in the different forests, we only can add users...
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Service Accounts

Service Accounts A Service Account is a special purpose user account created in Active Directory with which different services are / can be configured to Run As.. These Services when configured in the Logon Tab of the Properties section of...
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Security

Security   19 Smart Tips for Securing Active Directory http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc160982.aspx Active Directory Group Policy   Does Active Directory keep you up at night? One could easily understand why. It is most likely the largest and most critical distributed system in...
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What Are Access Tokens?

What Are Access Tokens? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759267.aspx Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2   What Are Access Tokens?   An access token is a protected object that contains information...
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Token SZ

Token SZ Tool for discovering MaxTokenSize   Get Download for Token SZ :: Tool for discovering MaxTokenSize ·        http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4A303FA5-CF20-43FB-9483-0F0B0DAE265C&displaylang=en Alternate Download: ·        http://dl2.skar.us/software/System_administration/tools/troubleshooting/Active_Directory/tokensz_package.tgz Attachment 1 Product Name: Version: Publisher/Owner: Download Link: Token SZ Microsoft Corp. Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows...
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Event Id 1030 & 1058 USERENV App log, DCGPOFIX won't run, cannot access SYSVOL share

Problem Description You may experience these symptoms: 1) Event IDs 1030 & 1058 in the Application Log with text similar to: Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini for GPO CN={31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9},CN=Policies,CN=System,DC=domain,DC=com. The file must be present at the location <\\domain.com\sysvol\domain.com\Policies\{31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}\gpt. ini>....
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GUID

GUID GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) The Server GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) is a reference point used in the Active Directory and DNS (Domain Name System) to locate a domain controller primarily for the purposes of replication. This GUID is automatically...
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Metadata Cleanup

Metadata Cleanup Metadata Cleanup is the process of removing unused metadata from the Active Directory. It deletes an object from the Active Directory Database. Usually in a scenario when a Server / Domain Controller is offline and you are stuck...
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Global Catalog Servers

Global catalog http://support.microsoft.com/kb/254933   Confirm that the domain naming master is a global catalog server. Type nltest /dsgetdc:domainname /server:servername to see if the server is advertising the "GC" flag. New global catalog servers also register event 1119 ("This Windows domain...
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SYSVOL

SYSVOL SYSVOL is the default share available on a Domain Controller that holds the data for Group Policy Settings. Whenever a Group Policy is made; a GPO is created and its templates lie inside SYSVOL share. So, after a successful...
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Group policy in Windows Server 2008

Group policy in Windows Server 2008 AD Shot Gyan - Central Store Central Store In Windows 2000/2003, adm files were stored as part of every GPO on SYSVOL. It took around 4MB of storage space for every GPO. In addition,...
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RID

RID RID Allocation Domain controllers running have a shared RID pool. The RID operations master is responsible for maintaining a pool of RIDs to be used by the domain controllers in its domain and for providing groups of RIDs to...
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Domain Naming Master

Domain Naming Master Adding or Removing a Domain During Dcpromo Requires Access to the Domain Naming Master FSMO Role Holder http://support.microsoft.com/kb/254933 The domain naming master Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) role holder is assigned to the domain controller that is...
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How to create custom administrative templates in Windows

How to create custom administrative templates in Windows   This step-by-step article describes how to create custom Administrative Templates to use with Group Policy settings in a Windows 2000-based domain. Group Policy templates provide an interface that you can use...
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To reset an Active Directory user password from the command prompt

To reset an Active Directory user password from the command prompt http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782255.aspx ●     To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group, or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you...
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How can I configure TCP/IP settings from the Command Prompt?

How can I configure TCP/IP settings from the Command Prompt? netsh http://www.petri.co.il/configure_tcp_ip_from_cmd.htm In order to configure TCP/IP settings such as the IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS and WINS addresses and many other options you can use Netsh.exe. Netsh.exe...
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Netdom

Netdom Description of Netdom.exe Syntax and Versions KB Article ID: 329721   You can use the Netdom.exe tool to reset the secure channel between a workstation, server, or domain controller. This article describes the syntax for variations that you can...
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The new command-line tools for Active Directory in Windows Server 2003

The new command-line tools for Active Directory in Windows Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/298882/ This article describes the new command-line tools for Active Directory that are available in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Windows Server 2003 has a suite of new directory service...
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AD/DS

AD/DS Some Useful ADDS commands: Here is a bunch of / collection of Commands that you might find useful while troubleshooting health issues with Active Directory.   repadmin /kcc repadmin /showreps repadmin /showrepl repadmin /syncall repadmin /showobjmeta repadmin /showmeta  ...
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nltest

nltest nltest http://support.microsoft.com/kb/254933 Confirm that the domain naming master is a global catalog server. Type nltest /dsgetdc:domainname /server:servername to see if the server is advertising the "GC" flag. New global catalog servers also register event 1119 ("This Windows domain controller...
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How to check and resolve Operating System Compatibility Issues

How to check and resolve Operating System Compatibility Issues     To determine if a package applies to Vista / Windows 7 / OR Other version of Windows Installation If you have got a package and you want to see...
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Command Reference

To see all the running services on the system:   To see a list of all the currently running services on a windows system, use this command: tasklist /svc > tasklist.txt       To Stop and start the Windows...
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To decode an error message:

To decode an error message: Here we will see a command that will decode an error message for you for a given error code.   Whenever you are stuck in the middle of a situation and you don’t have the...
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Active Directory Sizer

Active Directory Sizer http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10595 The Active Directory Sizer tool allows you to estimate the hardware required for deploying Active Directory in your organization. The estimate provided is based on your organization's usage profile, domain and site topology. Current version of...
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Optimize Active Directory Disk Performance

Optimize Active Directory Disk Performance Active Directory is a database and has the performance issues of a database. Familiar with SQL or Exchange? You know what works and what does not. AD has the database component and log files which...
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NTDS.DIT Database management

NTDS.DIT Database management Active Directory database file NTDS.DIT http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/Windows2000/AdminTips/ActiveDirectory/ActiveDirectorydatabasefileNTDS.DIT.html Windows 2000 Active Directory data store, the actual database file, is %SystemRoot%\ntds\NTDS.DIT. The ntds.dit file is the heart of Active Directory including user accounts. Active Directory's database engine is the Extensible...
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Group Policy Software Installation

Group Policy Software Installation http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102 How to use Group Policy to remotely install software in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2003 This step-by-step article describes how to use Group Policy to automatically distribute programs to client computers or...
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Group Policy

Group Policy Windows Active Directory provides System Administrators the ability to implement Organizational Policies in terms of Computers Rights Assignments and Restrictions. There are settings that can be configured on a Windows Based Computer to Apply the Policies These are...
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User Rights Assignment

Client, service, and program issues can occur if you change security settings and user rights assignments http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823659 Security settings and user rights assignments can be changed in local policies and group policies to help tighten the security on domain controllers...
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Client Side Extensions (CSE)

Client Side Extensions (CSE) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216357   A List of Group Policy Client Side Extensions (CSE)   Group Policy architecture includes both server and client-side components. The server component includes the user interface that an administrator can use to configure a...
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DSRM

DSRM Configure Your Server Wizard sets a blank recovery mode password http://support.microsoft.com/kb/271641 English Language Version After you have installed the hotfix, you can use the Setpwd.exe tool (located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder) to replace the null password with a strong...
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Domain Join

Domain Join Domain Join operation joins a client computer to an Active Directory Domain so that the users on the Active Directory can Login and Access or Use this Client computer. You can Join a Windows Client Computer to the...
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Domain Controller

How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows http://support.microsoft.com/kb/247811 This article describes the mechanism used by Windows to locate a domain controller in a Windows-based domain. This article details the process of locating a domain by its DNS-style name and its...
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Bitlocker

BitLocker is an encryption technology from Microsoft which works in combination with a special chipset on the hardware called the TPM to encrypt the data, which is the content of your Hard-Drive.   Once encrypted your files needs to decrypted...
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User logon across forest

Domain Locator across a Forest Trust http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2008/09/24/domain-locator-across-a-forest-trust.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;939252 We're asked, many times, why a user does not authenticate against a local domain controller in the same site when logging on across a forest. We've setup the most common scenario to...
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AdPrep

AdPrep   Infrastructure master - The Infrastructure master role is domain-wide and there is one for each domain. This role is required for domain controllers to run the adprep /forestprep command successfully and to update SID attributes and distinguished name...
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Windows Server Basics

Windows Server Basics   1.    What is Active Directory? Active Directory is a network-based object store and service that locates and manages resources, and makes these resources available to authorized users and groups. An underlying principle of the Active Directory...
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Advanced Clean Boot

Advanced Clean Boot Many issues that you may experience on a Windows based computer occur because of an incompatible or corrupted program. To determine whether this is the case, you can either perform a clean boot or restart Windows without...
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How to Launch a Program before the Shell at Logon

How to Launch a Program before the Shell at Logon http://support.microsoft.com/kb/142905   This article explains how to avoid interaction between a program and the standard shell by running the program before the shell starts.   When you log on, the...
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Enable RDP Remotely

Remotely Enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2   With Remote Desktop on Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 (in Windows 2000 Advanced Server, this feature was called Terminal Services...
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Sysprep

Sysprep   " Sysprep is a tool designed for corporate system administrators, OEMs, and others who need to deploy the Windows® XP operating system on multiple computers. After performing the initial setup steps on a single system, you can run...
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OS Upgrade

How to upgrade windows 2000 DC to windows server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325379   This article discusses how to upgrade Microsoft Windows 2000 domain controllers to Windows Server 2003 and how to add new Windows Server 2003 domain controllers to Windows 2000...
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Functionality Levels

Functionality Levels   What Are Active Directory Functional Levels? http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/da255f53-ae6c-4af8-80f1-9b3c046022311033.mspx?mfr=true   How Active Directory Functional Levels Work http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/c3aa5e55-42c0-4386-93ba-66e5c538b0ac1033.mspx?mfr=true   Domain and forest functionality http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/b3674c9b-fab9-4c1e-a8f6-7871264712711033.mspx?mfr=true     Forest functional level ========================= The Windows 2000 forest functional level provides all Active Directory...
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FSMO

In a Multi-master environment, FSMO Roles specify the distribution of responsibility among the Domain Controllers to take decisions when in a conflict. The responsibility for taking decisions is distributed among five (5) FSMO Roles. All these Roles can be on...
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System startup Auto-Run Applications using Sysinternals Autoruns.exe tool

Autoruns for Windows v11.70 By Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell Published: August 1, 2013  Download Autoruns and Autorunsc (538 KB)   Introduction This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what...
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Networking tools

Networking tools       TCP/IP and Networking Tools     http://commandwindows.com/tcpiputil.htm   TCP/IP and Networking Tools Windows XP has a whole array of helpful command line tools for configuring and testing Internet and LAN connections. On this page is...
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Tools for Troubleshooting

Tools for Troubleshooting   Microsoft Windows XP Professional provides a number of tools that can help you diagnose and resolve hardware and software problems. The subset of tools discussed here is especially useful for troubleshooting many common problems. For information...
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Backup and Recovery

Backup and Recovery     Backing Up and Recovering Data Introduction This document will walk you through how to protect your servers and data using two technologies: Backup and Shadow Copies of Shared Folders. Use Backup to help protect data...
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Windows Logon Monitor

Windows Logon Monitor How to install and configure Windows Logon Monitor to track credential-usage information in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, and in Windows 2000 KB Article ID: 887302 http://docs.google.com/View?id=d9w62z8_235hrpzqbhm APPLIES TO • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition...


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