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Using the new DFS in Windows Server 2003 R2
R2 is an interim or "upgrade" release of Windows 2003. It is an optional upgrade, but has some very nice features such as the new DFS. Look here for more details on R2. Before we continue this discussion, it is important to note that "DFS" previously referred to shares and namespace management. Beginning with the Windows Sever 2003 R2 release, "DFS" is an umbrella term that refers to both namespaces and replication. The term "DFSR", at lease as it is used at this time, refers to the new replication engine.
Active Directory scripting secrets: When GUI just isn't enough
While it's true that Active Directory provides a number of easy, wizard-driven Graphical User Interface options to create objects and perform many common administrative tasks, to be a truly effective admin you'll often need to get away from the GUI and find a more efficient way to operate.
Extracting Active Directory info quick and easy with LDIFDE
As mature as Active Directory is, it still amazes me how many admins I talk to who have no idea how to write simple LDIFDE.exe commands to gather data for routine operations. My next few articles will give you some simple instructions on how to take advantage of this tool to gather AD data without using those painful UIs - even for the scripting impaired!