Samba 4.0 provides Active Directory support and SMB 3.0

The latest version of the popular open source project to deploy services modern Windows file sharing on Linux and Unix and allows for the first time to provide services independent ...

Dynamic Remote Desktop Connection Manager connection list

Microsoft recently released a free tool for managing multiple remote desktop connections called “Remote Desktop Connection Manager”. A sample screenshot: There are several nice ...

How to set up a Windows 2003 server as a domain controller.

DNS (Domain Name Service) and DCPromo (the command line tool that creates DNS and Active Directory) can be installed manually or by using the Manage Your Server Wizard in Windows Server ...

Check the installation and initialization for Active Directory

The process of installing Active Directory creates a number of default objects in the Active Directory database. It also creates the file system and shared database and log files. Here’s ...

Maintaining Active Directory on Windows 2003

Active Directory (AD) is the Microsoft implementation of directory services for use primarily intended for Windows environments. The main purpose of Active Directory is to provide a ...

Passwords protected in branch RODC

In managing remote servers, perhaps the most dangerous aspect of deploying DCs into unsecured locations is the risk that it creates for Active Directory passwords. Because AD domain ...

Debugging replication errors

The lion’s share of Active Directory problems are to some degree caused by replication failures, and one of the most notorious replication errors is the Event ID 1311. The first ...

Troubleshooting Active Directory replication

Replication should occur automatically. When it doesn’t, the best solution isn’t just to force Active Directory replication, but to check out the topology. If the replication ...

Active Directory replication topology design

One of the secrets to an efficient and error-free Active Directory infrastructure is a well-designed replication topology. While this can be easy to design in a simple network, a large, ...

Multi-master replication

Within Windows-based Active Directory domains, each domain controller is a peer server. Each domain controller has equal power and responsibility to support and maintain the Active ...