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    Windows Troubleshooting Tip – Advanced DNS Query Debugging With NSLookup

    I’ve published a number of articles on following a simple and straightforward troubleshooting methodology. I advocate a simple and focused approach shown in Figure 1. You can see that symptom identification is the first step, followed by root cause analysis and problem resolution. Figure 1. MikeDan’s Quick and Dirty Troubleshooting Methodology. There’s lots of great … Continue reading Windows Troubleshooting Tip – Advanced DNS Query Debugging With NSLookup

    Making Windows Fix Its Own Problems Automatically

    Windows has great self-repair technology built right into the operating system. Whether you’re running client operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8, or server operating systems like Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012, you can let the operating system periodically report problems that it has encountered. Even better, Windows can check for and … Continue reading Making Windows Fix Its Own Problems Automatically

    How to attach a VHD in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012

    There may be times when you will find it necessary to attach a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) to your existing operating system. Window 7 and later operating systems support this feature. In this blog we will explore the steps to attach and detach the VHD. Follow these steps to attach the VHD in Windows 7 … Continue reading How to attach a VHD in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012

    How to rollback AD DS Forest Function Levels in Windows Server using PowerShell

    So you have recently raised your Active Directory Domain services Forest Functional Level from Server 2008 to either Sever 2008 R2 or Server 2012.  Now you have realized you need to go back to either Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2, in previous operating systems this was not possible.  In Windows Server 2008 R2 and … Continue reading How to rollback AD DS Forest Function Levels in Windows Server using PowerShell

    Using PowerShell to rollback AD DS Domain Functional Level in Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012

    So you have recently raised you Active Directory Domain Services Domain Functional Level from Server 2008 to either Sever 2008 R2 or Server 2012.  Now you have realized you need to go back to either Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2, in previous operating systems this was not possible.  In Windows Server 2008 R2 and … Continue reading Using PowerShell to rollback AD DS Domain Functional Level in Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012

    Are BI Solutions Compatible with Virtualization?

    As more and more small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) investigate and adopt Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, one question eventually gets asked: Can we virtualize this thing? Businesses are increasingly leveraging virtualization to reduce the number of physical servers they have to maintain, to provide better availability, to enable fault tolerance and disaster recovery, and much more. BI … Continue reading Are BI Solutions Compatible with Virtualization?

    Microsoft announces the retirement of Windows Server 2008 exams and certifications.

    Recently Microsoft announced the retirement of the 70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring and 70-647 Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator on January 31, 2014.  These 2 exams are required if you are working towards your MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008.  You must meet all of the requirements for a certification … Continue reading Microsoft announces the retirement of Windows Server 2008 exams and certifications.

    Microsoft Patch Tuesday on August 13th – Security Privileges and Denial of Service

    Microsoft released on Thursday August 8, 2013 the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for August 2013. The bulletin contains what updates and patches will be installed as part of patch Tuesday. Here is a summary of what is included. There will be 8 patches 3 critical. The technical bulleting 1, first critical update affects Windows … Continue reading Microsoft Patch Tuesday on August 13th – Security Privileges and Denial of Service

    How to Backup a Windows Certificate Server

    A lots of different systems and platforms use certificates and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Many companies have decided to implement an internal Certification Authority to issue certificates to computers, users, and other Certification Authorities. The loss of PKI data can be devastating, even requiring a full enterprise rebuild in some cases. So you need to … Continue reading How to Backup a Windows Certificate Server