Monthly Archives: August 2008

Hyper-v logoff / logon issue

When running through final preparations for a presentation to a few hundred people (well, tens of people…ok, at least 5 people…proabably) the last thing you need is for your Hyper-v environment to start misbehaving.   This is exactly what happened to me and I’ve just found the cause, so am feeling a lot more relaxed about things.  I… Read More »

Acctinfo2.dll on Vista x64

A number of companies that I work with use the Acctinfo.dll to provide  additional user information when working with Active Directory Users and Computers (DSA.MSC).  You can download Acctinfo.dll from the Microsoft web site as part of the Account Lockout and Management Tools package. What isn’t quite so well known is that an updated version… Read More »

Adventures with wS2008 on my laptop

  Call me rash and impulsive, but the other day I blew away XP and installed Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard Edition on my Dell Latitude D830 laptop.  Other than idle curiosity, the main driver behind my foolishness was the need to create some demo machines using Hyper-V.  I don’t have any other hardware that… Read More »

History of Active Directory

  Earlier this week, John Christie posted a question to the mailing list at on the topic of the history of Active Directory.  If you’re not already subscribed to the list, the full thread can be found here: The most interesting and authoritative response was from Don Hacherl, as shown in full below.… Read More »