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How to Fix the Error “Could not find the Database Engine startup handle” in SQL Server 2016, 2014, or 2008

When I decided to install SharePoint 2016 IT Preview I figured I should install it on a Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, along with SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP). I bet you...

How to Seize an Active Directory FSMO Role 0

How to Seize an Active Directory FSMO Role

There are 5 roles in Active Directory, called Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles, that are handled by certain Domain Controllers in Active Directory. If you only have one Domain Controller (DC) then all...

Managing Passwords for Service Accounts in SharePoint & SQL Server 2

Managing Passwords for Service Accounts in SharePoint & SQL Server

Managing service accounts on Windows servers have been a challenge for most organizations for quite some time. In recent years, Microsoft has made several enhancements to minimize the pain. In Windows Servers 2008 R2...

How to Backup Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 0

How to Backup Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2

Here’s a step-by-step procedure to back up the System State on a Windows Server 2012 R2 using the Windows Server Backup tool. Backing up the System State also backs up Active Directory Domain Services....

How To Restore the Missing Windows Server 2012 R2 Backup Console 1

How To Restore the Missing Windows Server 2012 R2 Backup Console

I installed the Windows Server Backup feature on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller so I can backup not only the System State but also perform a full backup of the Domain Controller....

Active Directory User Profiles and SharePoint 2010/2013 Timer Jobs 0

Active Directory User Profiles and SharePoint 2010/2013 Timer Jobs

There are several timer jobs related to the User Profile Synchronization (UPS) service that control the behavior of user profile synchronization from Active Directory to SharePoint. As a best practice, I do not recommend...

PowerShell Script to Enable or Disable Network Adapter at Startup or Logon in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 1

PowerShell Script to Enable or Disable Network Adapter at Startup or Logon in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

I run Hyper-V on my Windows 8 Enterprise desktop. One of the issues that I have encountered has to do with the virtual Ethernet adapter. My virtual machines can connect to the Internet fine...

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute 0

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute

Did you know that the full name, first name, last name, display name, logon name, and Pre-Windows 2000 account name can all be different for a single user account in Active Directory? There are...

How to Use Active Directory to Prevent Unwanted SharePoint Installations in Your Organization 1

How to Use Active Directory to Prevent Unwanted SharePoint Installations in Your Organization

As you may know, SharePoint deployments are managed at the farm level. Therefore, users can install additional SharePoint farms in your environment without your permission. Obviously, you don’t want SharePoint farms popping up on...

Error: The destination server is currently rejecting replication requests 1

Error: The destination server is currently rejecting replication requests

The other day I noticed that my Windows Server 2012 Datacenter was not accepting replication requests. In fact, it was rejecting both inbound and outbound replication. The way I discovered the problem was that...

Where are User Profile Photos Kept in SharePoint 2010? 0

Where are User Profile Photos Kept in SharePoint 2010?

In SharePoint Server 2010, User Profile Synchronization (UPS) service allows you to synchronize your user profiles between Active Directory and SharePoint. Users can add their photos to their profile in SharePoint when they are...

Virtualized Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012 2

Virtualized Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012

Microsoft has made some major changes to its server operating system in Windows Server 2012, which is in beta at the time of writing. One of the new features in Active Directory Domain Services...

You Cannot Install Exchange Server 2010 SP1 if the NetBIOS Domain Name of the DC Contains an Ampersand (&) Character 0

You Cannot Install Exchange Server 2010 SP1 if the NetBIOS Domain Name of the DC Contains an Ampersand (&) Character

If you try to install Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on a server in the environment where the NetBIOS domain name of a domain controller contains an ampersand (&) character, the server...

Things to Consider When You host Active Directory Domain Controllers in Virtual Environments 0

Things to Consider When You host Active Directory Domain Controllers in Virtual Environments

We all know that it is fairly easy to host servers in virtual environments these days. In fact, it is so easy that people can often overlook the implications of hosting Active Directory Domain...

Installing and Configuring the Directory Synchronization (DirSync) Tool 0

Installing and Configuring the Directory Synchronization (DirSync) Tool

The Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool provides one-way synchronization from your local Active Directory directory service to Microsoft Online Services. Directory synchronization can also provide global address list synchronization between your local Microsoft Exchange...

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute 0

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute

Here’s a trivia for you. Did you know that the first name, last name, display name, full name, logon name, and SAM account name can all be different for a single user account in...

ADFS 2.0: Open Doors to the Cloud 0

ADFS 2.0: Open Doors to the Cloud

In the June issue of TechNet Magazine, there is a discussion of how ADFS promises to increase cloud security. here’s a snippet from the article by Jeffrey Schwartz. “Microsoft’s Active Directory Federation Services (AD...

Video: Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2008 R2 0

Video: Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2008 R2

The following video shows you how to install Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), formerly known as Active Directory, on a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer. Topic: Active Directory Installation Length: 9 minutes,...

DNS Glossary 0

DNS Glossary

Microsoft’s Active Directory relies on Domain Name System (DNS) so it’s important to have a good understanding of DNS concepts and terms. Here’s a glossary of DNS terminology in alphabetical order. You can also...

Evaluation Copies of Microsoft Products 0

Evaluation Copies of Microsoft Products

My students are always asking me where to get the evaluation copies of various Microsoft products. I’ve put together a list of some of the latest evaluation software downloads. My goal is to try...

Event ID 5153: The Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) encountered an error attempting to look up the built in IIS_IUSRS group. 2

Event ID 5153: The Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) encountered an error attempting to look up the built in IIS_IUSRS group.

Today I was installing Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller. Although Microsoft recommends that you install Exchange 2010 on a member server if possible, the environment I was...