How to run DCDIAG and NETDIAG on Multiple Computers Using a Batch File

I was onsite with a customer this week reviewing their Active Directory configuration.  During the visit the system admin I was working with mentioned he needed to run DCDIAG and NETDIAG on every domain controller (DC) in his domain and collect the output to prepare for their upcoming migration to Office 365.  When I got…

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New SkyDrive Application is Available

The new SkyDrive application was released today.  I was part of the beta test group and I can tell you the new application is great.  When it is installed it creates a folder named SkyDrive in your profile that synchronizes automatically to your cloud-based SkyDrive.  That is it.  Now you can seamlessly work on local…

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App-V Service Restart Script

This week I was working with my teammates troubleshooting an App-V server issue.  The App-V service is getting hung and prevents any client connections.  The fix the customer was using was to reboot the server because stopping/starting the App-V service (Application Virtualization Service) did not correct the issue.  The reason stopping/starting the service does not…

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Backing Up MMC Settings

One of the things I hate about switching computers is losing all my customized MMC settings especially the Saved Queries configured in Active Directory Users & Computers (ADUCs).  A few days ago I switched cubes at my customer site and proceeded to reconfigure my new system.  When I opened ADUCs for the first time and…

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How to Create Custom Active Directory LDAP Searches

A nice feature in Windows Server Active Directory is the ability for an administrator to create saved queries in Active Directory USers % Computers to return common information within the Directory.  The queries you can create through the GUI are pretty basic so to get the real benefit you need to create a “Custom Search”, click the…

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Testing Global Catalog Server Connectivity

Occasionally I’ll run into a situation where a workstation hangs or fails when trying to retrieve information from Active Directory (AD).  In some cases the problem presents itself when running DSQUERY to query for Active Directory data.  In other cases it can a manifest itself as Exchange address book look up issue since the Global…

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Customizing "SendTo" Context Menu

I spend a lot of time helping people troubleshoot problems.  In many cases the work consists of sitting next to someone saying “click this” or “open that” especially log and configuration files.  Believe me when I tell you it takes a lot of patience sometimes to watch someone to right-click a file, select “Open with” from the…

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Windows 7 Tip and Tricks – A Must Read!

As a Microsoft employee I have been using Windows 7 since the early internal betas.  I have been impressed with the operating system (OS) since day one and it has improved with each iteration leading up to release.  There are some nice, obvious user interface changes that have been made.  Many of them are obvious, while…

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Who Is Logged In?

A few months back one of my customers was trying use RDP to connect to a large number of desktop computers to manually install some security updates.  If the computer was being  used the admin had to wait until the person using the computer logged out and find another computer.  Unfortunately there was no easy…

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Using a Logon Script to Install the SMS Advanced Client

One of my customers has an extensive lab environment with multiple forests, domains and workgroup computers.  SMS 2003 was deployed to help manage the configuration of all these different systems.  Between the locked down security settings (no C$, ADMIN$ shares!) and the number separate forest/domains/workgroups involved the ability to “push” the advanced client to desktops is no longer an option. …

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