Forest and domain functional levels only showing “Windows Server” not showing Windows Server 2016

Once you have migrated all Domain Controllers from Windows Server 2008R2 to Windows Server 2016, if you want to raise the forest and domain functional levels from Server 2008R2 to higher version, you can only able see “Windows Server 2012/R2” and “Windows Server”? what would be “Windows Server” and why its not … [Continue reading]

Why DFSR disk not showing correct free space

If you notice DFS share disk available free space across the DFSR target servers is not same, why replication partners showing different free space with same data and disk size, What does these numbers actually represent and some of the users get out of disk space message when copying data even there is no quota enabled or quota size not … [Continue reading]

SYSVOL and NETLOGON not shared on Windows server 2016/2012 R2

SYSVOL and NETLOGON not shared  or missing and initial sync not finished on newly Built Windows 2016 Domain Controllers on 2012 R2 domain where Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers been introduced in 2012 R2 Active Directory Environment, we can do non-authoritative restore of DFSR same like D2 SYSVOL restoration for FRS on legacy operating system

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DCDIAG and Repadmin shows decommissioned domain controller

DCDIAG output return out of sync error for a decommissioned DC or repadmin /replsum (repadmin /replsummary) shows high delta value which is not pointing to any source/destination DC, then it’s quit difficult to identify the affected connection objects Domain Controller detail, will discuss how to work on this issue

Also Read: Force active directory replication

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Windows server 2016 co-existence and migrate/upgrade scenarios with Windows server 2012 R2/2008/2003

Upgrade Active Directory Server 2016 from Windows Server 2012 R2/2008/2003: Is windows server 2016 can coexistence with windows server 2003? Can I do in-place upgrade from windows server 2003 or windows server 2008/2012 R2? Which is supported and which is not supported and how can I plan Active Directory upgrade path from my old legacy windows server 2003/2008 R2/2012 … [Continue reading]

Active Directory 2016 New Features

Active Directory 2016 features on Windows Server 2016: I have already discussed about the Windows Server 2016 Features where new features and major improvement on the operating system end been listed, now want to see more specifically on Active Directory 2016 and difference between Active Director 2012 and 2016

Also Read: Active Directory Features in Windows Server 2012

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Planning safe Decommission of Domain Controller (Decommission of Active Directory site) Without Impacting Users

Best practice for decommissioning a Domain Controller Server: In general Decommission of Domain Controller is straightforward procedure and not required a much planning as we always have a redundant Domain Controller in a same site, so the client authentication will be handled by the other DC’s, if you want to find is any application hard-coded(“hard path” setting) the DC’s, … [Continue reading]

Powershell script to add computer to SCCM collection

Simple Powershell command/script to add computers to SCCM 2012/2007 collections, we use to have many collections in our SCCM platform to control the patching, how we want to push the patches like daily collection or hourly collections with different maintenance windows configured, its easy to add servers manually if we want to add a single server, lets say we … [Continue reading]

Virtualized Active Directory without Physical Domain Controller

Virtualizing entire Active Directory without Physical Domain Controller

As an Active Directory Administrator I would think like, Can we setup or create a 100% virtual Active Directory without Physical Domain Controllers? It mitigates the risk of virtualization platform malfunction that will affect entire Active Directory platform, is this correct? Will discuss Pros and Cons of Virtualizing Windows Active Directory Domain … [Continue reading]