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Microsoft Active Directory Design and Administration News
April 08, 2013
Windows Azure and software-defined networking were main points of conversation at Microsoft Management Summit 2013.
January 11, 2010
Windows shops want Microsoft to improve Active Directory integration and workflow, and rely less on third-party tools.
October 08, 2009
IT pros are more excited about the new Active Directory features in Windows Server 2008 R2 than anything else, including Hyper-V with live migration
May 05, 2009
With role-based access control, Citrix XenServer 5.5 is an alternative to VMware in production.
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An invocation ID is an ID number that identifies databases within Active Directory and changes as AD is in a restore process. Invocation IDs change during the restore process to make sure replication is consistent. Continue Reading
An update sequence number (USN) is a 64-bit number in Active Directory that increments time as changes occur. Local counters on every domain controller assign USNs. Continue Reading
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Active Directory sync is a delicate game -- any change could throw things off. USNs and Invocation IDs can help keep track of Active Directory state. Continue Reading
Dig into the slew of Ntdsutil commands in Windows Server 2008 and R2 that provide admins with improved Active Directory management. Continue Reading
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Even if you don't have a cloud service yet, you should update your Active Directory services to centralize governance and prepare for cloud. Continue Reading
Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is a security tool that provides a safeguard to prevent unauthorized access to data. Continue Reading
In 2012, admins were interested in Group Policy and Windows Server 2012 when it came to Active Directory. These are the top tips. Continue Reading
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In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft tried to smooth out some major Active Directory bumps in failover clusters. Did it fix what's bothering you? Continue Reading
Configuring a hybrid Office 365 deployment involves several steps. To start, prepare your Active Directory forest to use Active Directory Federation Services. Continue Reading
Admins might have experience with the DCPromo tool in Windows Server's Server Manager. Learn about its history and where it's going. Continue Reading