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  • Blog Post: Understanding and Managing the Certificate Stores Used for Smart Card Logon

    Recently I was onsite helping a customer clean up some certificates related to smart card logon. One of the things I find challenging about PKI and specifically about smart card logon is remembering how and where to publish certificates. It seems like every time I work on an issue related to smart card...
  • Blog Post: Configuring SMS to Work on Workgroup Computers and Computers in Other Domains (LMHOSTS)

    As described in the previous post the lab environment includes multiple forests, domains and workgroup computers. One of the nice things about SMS 2003 is the fact that once the SMS Client has been installed on a system, you "own" that system and can manage it from that day forward. In the previous post...
  • Blog Post: Modifying Security on Active Directory Objects using a script

    I was working with a customer this week and we found some user objects in Active Directory had incorrect security settings. I put together a list of commands for the customer to use. I thought a few of the FOR command examples below were useful so here you go... These command can also be used in a...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)

    The creation of the Windows Update web site a few years ago revolutionized the way people with Microsoft products updated these products with the latest patches. Windows Update made it possible for a "mere mortal" to determine exactly which updates they needed to install and install them automatically...
  • Blog Post: Roaming User Profiles

    A couple of my customers use Roaming User Profiles (RUP) so that a user's desktop, files and settings follow them no matter which computer they happen to be setting at. This is a very cool feature for users because no matter which computer they log onto they always have the look and feel. I have been...
  • Blog Post: Enable Remote Desktop

    Remote Desktop is one of the greatest features added to the Windows operating system. It enables you to perform remote administration of servers from your desk or fix one of your kids computers from the couch. Of course it's only great if it is enabled on the computer you are trying to access. If you...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Connection (akaTerminal Server) Keyboard Shortcuts

    I use Remote Desktop all day at work. It is especillay helpful when writing documentation. One of the problems I always run into is trying to remember which keyboard short you can use to capture a screen-shot in a TS session. Since I had to dig these up again today I decided to post them here where they...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Troubleshooting Resources

    Articles Troubleshooting Active Directory—Related DNS Problems http://blogs.msdn.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx?SelectedNavItem=NewPost&sectionid=7213&bpt=1 Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication Problems http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/4f504103-1a16...
  • Blog Post: DNS - Windows Server 2003 DNS

    One of the problems I run into with DNS is I have trouble remembering what a working DNS looks like if I have not worked with it in a while. The attached screen shots show the DNS configuration of a Window Server 2003 installed as a new forest. Forest Wide MSDCS Zone Root Domain Folders Root...
  • Blog Post: DNS - Windows 2000 DNS Upgraded to Windows 2003

    One of the problems I run into with DNS is I have trouble remembering what a working DNS looks like if I have not worked with it in a while. The attached screen shots show the DNS configuration of a Window Server 2003 DNS that was upgraded from a Windows 2000 DNS. There are examples from the root...
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