Active Directory files and their functions

Active Directory files and their functions   Ntds.dit Ntds.dit is the main AD database file. NTDS stands for NT Directory Services. The DIT stands for Directory Information Tree. The Ntds.dit file on a particular domain controller contains all naming contexts hosted by that domain controller, including the Configuration and Schema naming contexts. A Global Catalog…

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Basic Tools to Troubleshoot DC issues while troubleshooting CRM Access Issues

Basic Tools to Troubleshoot DC issues   While troubleshooting any domain related issues or CRM server authentication or name resolution issues, it is good that we also check the DC health and perform some quick test using below basic commands to check if everything is working fine with DC.   Here are few basic tools…

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Troubleshooting CRM-AD Secure Channels and Trust Relationships

Troubleshooting CRM-AD Secure Channels and Trust Relationships   It is very important to understand the concept of secure channel between an AD and workstation machine or between 2 domains which are in trust. This article will give you an overall picture of a security channel. Also, it will explain what issues you will experience if…

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Caching DNS Resolver Service

Caching DNS Resolver Service   Windows includes a caching DNS-resolver service, which is enabled by default. For troubleshooting purposes, this service can be viewed, stopped, and started like any other Windows service. The caching resolver reduces DNS network traffic and speeds name resolution by providing a local cache for DNS Queries. When a name is…

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CRM Database Backup Restore Audit

CRM Database Backup Restore Audit There are multiple instances where the CRM was no more accessible right after some database restore operations activity. Also, there are instances where in order to restore the databases to previous state or creating test environment you have accidently restored wrong database. Let’s say you have many automated backup files…

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Auditing Active Directory

CRM-AD Issues: Auditing Active Directory   There are multiple instances where while troubleshooting/isolating CRM issues, you end up checking details from AD side. In that case you can refer to below article which pretty much explains how to enable audit in AD to track activities. In Windows Server 2008, you can now set up AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services)…

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AD Replication Process Overview

AD Replication Process Overview   So what’s the big deal with AD Replication? I mean it’s obvious that your infrastructure has multiple Domain Controllers and you want to make sure that Active Directory talks to each other directly or indirectly and keep each other up to date. We came up with Replication concept.  Now it’s…

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DNS Records that are required for proper functionality of Active Directory

DNS Records that are required for proper functionality of Active Directory   DNS is one of the core protocols or you can say daddy of all protocols over a network. In this article I have tried to visualize and explain all the core records of DNS without which Active Directory cannot function properly. Here are…

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