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Platforms and Active Directory Resources.

Where is the Group Policy CSE data stored?

Hi all, Once of my colleagues asked me which Group Policy Client Side extensions (CSEs) get their...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 05/22/2014

Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/18/2013

RSAT on Windows 8 Doesn't install

I have been installing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 05/09/2013

InfoPath and "Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005"

Hi again, I was just installing a InfoPath related package for InfoPath 2013, on Windows 8 and I ran...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 04/16/2013

Firewall ports for GPO remote update and RSOP reports

Hello all again, Just to remind myself, in order to enable GPO remote updates and remote policy...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 01/15/2013

Hidden Schedule tasks in Windows 8

Hello again :) I was looking for those hidden group policy schedule tasks that are created in...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 01/14/2013

Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn't create a new partition

Hi all, Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!. This time its...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 12/13/2012

WMI filter woes

Hi all, I just thought that I would finally post a little something about WQL (WMI Query Language)...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 12/11/2012

RODC connection object is goes AWOL

If the RODC connection object goes Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) then there are some steps to recover...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 12/05/2012

Poster Win 8 app, available now

A new Windows 8 app is now available to enable you to see all the technical spec posters that we...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 10/11/2012

Network Location Awareness Service

Often I am asked about how slow link detection on Windows Vista through to Windows 8, differs...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/30/2012

Event ID: 12294 Woes

I came across this great error today at a customer site: Event Type: ErrorEvent Source: SAMEvent...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 01/13/2012

UserAccountControl flags

I was messing today with a small script to read the UserAccountControl flags of an Active Directory...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 08/24/2011

WSUSScn2.CAB Manual download location

When using MBSA in an offline mode, it is sometimes required to download the catalogue file manually...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 08/23/2011

Group Policy Client Side Extension List

So I was on a customer site, troubleshooting a Group policy Client Side extension issue and could...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 12/01/2010

Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

If you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 01/10/2010

ADPREP Challenges

I had an interesting challenge last month and figured that this is a great one for my blog. Being...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 06/11/2009

Registry.pol fun

Hi all, This month, I ran into an interesting challenge to do with group policies. Specifically, I...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 06/11/2009

GPMC Error

Hi All, I have been working on some servers recently with my good friend Mohnish and we came across...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 05/28/2009

Playing with NAP

Hi all,       I have been playing with Network Access Protection (NAP)...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 04/06/2009

Advanced Group Policy Management V3

I was looking into AGPM v3 recently and thought that it would be good to put a reference to it on my...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 04/03/2009

Fine Grain Password Policies (FGPP)

Hi, Having played with FGPP's recently at Teched, I figured that it would be good to publish the...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/30/2008

Installing WSUS nightmares!

Hi, I was installing WSUS v3.1.6001.65 and the installation kept failing just as it was copying...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/30/2008

RDP Ports

Hi all, I know this is an old tip but I needed it last week and figured that I should keep it on my...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/19/2008

Hi all, My good friend and colleague Jane is off to Madagascar for a charity cycle ride, please...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/10/2008

If you are feeling a little limited in information about Windows 2008, check out the following...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/02/2008

Virtualising servers

Hi All, I have started collecting a list of whitepapers based upon virtualisation of domain...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/02/2008

Exchange 2007 IS failure Oddity

Hi all, I manage a local schools infrastructure in my spare time and they had this strange little...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 07/02/2008

Manual Connection objects in Active Directory

Hi All, I had a question today that I wanted to get to the bottom of, it is an old question but as I...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 04/02/2008

RDP to Windows 2008

Hi all, I have installed a Windows 2008 server into my Windows 2003 domain, I then enabled RDP on my...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 03/21/2008

Windows Server 2008 Core Quick Reference

This month I have been setting up my first Windows 2008 core server to go into a production...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 03/18/2008

Enable Remote desktop via the registry

If you have ever run into an issue where you have set up a server but forgot to put the tick in the...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 03/11/2008

MBSA WSUSSCN2

If you are trying to perform a manual offline update to the MBSA tool but can't find the latest...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 03/11/2008

Free Development tools from Microsoft for Students

I came across this today and figured that you may all want to hear about it. Are you a registered...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 03/06/2008

Poster Central

Hi all, Ever wanted a change in decor in your house? rather than boring old patterned wallpaper,...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 02/26/2008

The big thick book of Windows 2008

Microsoft have created a "Book of Longhorn" that covers all the changes in functionality from...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 02/26/2008

Where is the MCSE for Windows 2008?

Well, this is an interesting subject, as many of you know there is not an MCSE for the Windows 2008...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 02/26/2008

Key Firewall ports for Windows server 2008

Some just might say that security has gone mad these days, gone are the times when we only used...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 02/26/2008

Windows 2008 upgrade paths

With the Windows 2008 finally being released to manufacture this past month, we will now be...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 02/26/2008

Delays Delays Delays

Hi All, Sorry for the long gap in updating my blog, unfortunatly I have been really busy lately....

Author: Mark Empson Date: 02/26/2008

News Details Link GPMC Scripts The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) provides a comprehensive...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/14/2007

Repadmin - THE tool of Kings

So, you are having trouble with Active Directory eh? wondering what great secrets Microsoft have for...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/12/2007

Quick tips to get some text into Office...

To quickly create some text in a word 2007 document to send something decent to a printer just type:...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

How to find out who has your FSMO Roles?

There are four main ways to read the FSMO role holders in Active Directory, an easy way, the common...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

DHCP server hardware changes? No problem

If you are looking at doing a DHCP migration from one server to another, but you dont want to enter...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

Snapshot Backups? what is that all about?

Here is a step-by-step guide for anyone that wants to get started with Active Directory Snapshot...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

Private Live Search server? Give me some please!!!

Ever wanted the power of MS Live search on your internal network? Well no is your chance, MS has...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

Windows Live Launches!

It has just been announced that Windows Live has now been launched, "what is it?" I hear you say? ,...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

AD Troubleshooting Tools

If You are having problems with Active Directory in some form or another try the following tools,...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

You want some tools - You cant handle these tools!

If you are trying to troubleshoot a Windows Platform, there are some great tools that you could...

Author: Mark Empson Date: 11/08/2007

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