Sometimes I run into the same incorrect opinions so often I just want to vent and do a post like this. I don’t know if anyone reads this stuff but it is therapy for me. DNS and Active Directory is one of these subjects. So here we go…….
This post discuses the design and placement of DNS for Active Directory. These design imperatives are my own and not Microsoft’s although they are derived from my experiences for twenty years as an Engineer with Active Directory design starting with the NT5 Server Beta in 1998.
WINS is old but still in use in many environments. I upgraded a 2003 domain to 2008 R2 and discovered something about WINS that is worth knowing if you are installing it on a 2008 R2 or newer server.
When you add the WINS feature, it appears to install correctly but some of the server settings are corrupt. Specifically, if you open the server settings and select the ‘Intervals’ tab you will see this:
I seldom get time to write here but when I see the same issue come up multiple times, I try to get something on-line about it.
In this case it is Exchange 2010 and Active Sync phones.
This post is the result of an experience one of my clients had. I hope it helps other Exchange 2007 SP1 users.
Here is the scenario, a loyal administrator somewhere deletes Robert Smith when they meant to delete Roberta Smith. It could also be that someone was confused by the ‘newspeak’ in the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and did not realize that ‘Remove’ equates to ‘Delete User’ not to ‘Remove Exchange Attributes’ under ‘Exchange Tasks…’ in the 2000/2003 Exchange extended ADUC and deleted the user object by mistake. The conflicting terminology is another subject I will pass over here.
Your phone rings. Easy right? Just put it all back the way it was. Well, it is a little more complicated than that. Let’s get started…