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Mitchell Grande

Mitchell Grande

Systems Engineer
Contributions by Mitchell Grande

Procmon Basics

Process Monitor, or Procmon is one of the tools in the Sysinternals suite and is invaluable in troubleshooting certain types of Windows and application issues.  Procmon is a real-time monitoring tool that logs all filesystem and registry activity.  It has a robust filtering system that makes it easy to drill down into the data needed to resolve a variety of issues.

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Windows Time Settings in a Domain

Time synchronization is an important part of any Active Directory domain.  In this post, we'll look at the impact of time being out of sync, how to configure time sync correctly, and how to troubleshoot when things go wrong.

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Active Directory Replication Troubleshooting

With Active Directory having a decentralized database, healthy replication is extremely important to ensuring it functions correctly.  Replication problems can lead to all sorts of issues, including authentication failures, machines falling off the domain, or worse.  Let's take a look at some ways to diagnose and troubleshoot basic replication problems.

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Upcoming Windows Features

With the release of Windows Server 2019 getting closer, let's take a look at some of the upcoming features in the latest version of Windows Server: Storage Migration Service, System Insights, and Remote Desktop Modern Infrastructure.

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PowerShell Basics - Loops

The final article in the PowerShell basics series will look at PowerShell loops and how to use them to interact with multiple objects.  We'll specifically use the Foreach-Object command to iterate through a group of results.  Finally, we’ll review command aliases to help you read and write PowerShell more efficiently.

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Testing File Server Performance

Measuring file server performance can be a little tricky.  In this post, we are going to look at each of the components that affect the speed clients can read/write to a file server.  After gathering baseline stats, we'll look at 2 different ways to test the performance of a file server: using the Windows Explorer file copy UI and using the diskspd command line tool.  We'll find that the speed shown in the Windows Explorer file copy interface isn't a reliable measurement of the disk throughput on the backend.

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Introduction to WMI

The average Windows administrator has come across WMI at least a few times, maybe while troubleshooting an issue or building out a monitoring solution.  WMI is a centralized repository of information within the Windows server, and understanding how to effectively use it can simplify some administrative tasks.

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PowerShell Basics - Filtering and Selecting

The next topic in the PowerShell Basics series is focused on filtering and selecting PowerShell objects using the Where-Object and Select-Object commands.  Using these commands allows you to precisely define what items are displayed or acted on.

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Using and Understanding DCDiag

DCDiag is the comprehensive, built-in utility for checking the health of an Active Directory Domain Controller.  This command runs 20+ checks against the selected DC including DNS health, replication health, general errors, and more.  Here, we'll look at how to use the command effectively and how to read its output.

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AD Sites & Services

Configuring Active Directory Sites & Services is an important, but sometimes mishandled, part of administering a domain.  The information in Sites & Services is used by AD to create a replication topology, determine which DCs should authenticate clients, and help users connect to applications and services.  Sites & Services being misconfigured can result in increased logon times, poor user experience with some applications, or worse - a tombstoned DC if issues go undetected for too long.  Here, we'll review what the information in Sites & Services is used for, the correct way to set it up, and how to verify that it is configured correctly.
 

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