Archive | August, 2013

Default Domain Group Policy – What Should Be Configured?

August 10, 2013

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Ever since I started working with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) in July 2001, I have always wondered what should be configured in the Default Domain Group Policy Object (GPO).  I have had a couple of my AD mentors tell me what should be in the Default Domain GPO and I have parroted their recommendation for […]

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Citrix XenDesktop Personal vDisk Stats using Microsoft Excel and PowerShell

August 9, 2013

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Recently a friend asked me for help in creating a way to see which of her Citrix XenDesktop Personal vDisk (PvD) users were using more than 90% of their allocated space. Citrix includes a PvD usage script with XenDesktop but at my level of PowerShell skills, I found the script confusing and convoluted. I decided […]

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Creating a Group Policy using Microsoft PowerShell to Configure the Authoritative Time Server

August 8, 2013

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In my 10 Things in AD… presentations, I talk about the importance of having the domain controller that holds the Primary Domain Controller Emulator (PDCe) role configured as the authoritative time source for the forest.  In the PDF that accompanies the presentations, I include a link to a Microsoft Ask the Directory Service Team blog […]

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What Happens to the FSMO Roles When the Domain Controller That Holds Them is Demoted

August 7, 2013

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At Briforum 2013 Chicago, after my session on More Things in AD…, someone asked me a question.  The question was “What happens to the FSMO roles when the domain controller that holds them is demoted and is no longer a domain controller?”  The person asking the question was wondering, in an emergency, if a  domain […]

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BriForum 2013 Chicago Presentation (More things in AD that can hurt your Application and Desktop Virtualization efforts and how to fix them)

August 1, 2013

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Greetings, If you came to my presentation at BriForum 2013 in Chicago, thanks for being there. I would like to thank the following people for their help in putting together the information. Michael B. Smith, Exchange MVP, http://TheEssentialExchange.com Brian Desmond, Directory Services MVP, http://BrianDesmond.com Andrew S. Baker, Directory Services Expert, http://about.me/Andrew.S.Baker Jo Harder, former Citrix […]

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