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I now have a Windows NT 4.0 Member Server joined and able to log into a 2012 R2 FFL6 Domain.
Don’t ask me why… If I told you I would have to kill you.
I will see about writing up how I worked through the WireShark traces to figure out what needed to be tweaked to get it to work or perhaps just the changes I needed to make to get it to work.
The most fun was getting NT4 running in 2012 R2 HyperV and not being able to use a mouse. Took me back a-ways (like almost 20 years) using all keyboard controls to whip around in NT4. But then most of my Enterprise (thousands of servers) NT4 work was done pre-RDP/TS days via remote command line through RCMD. You know remote command line management like they are pushing in PowerShell now like it is a new thing. 😉
It is just spectacular how fast NT4 runs in HyperV with no need for integration services… Oh and on a 1GB system disk that has 800MB free.
Machine as a Service…
Skynet is coming… Security Guard Robot – only $6.95 an hour.
Just wanted to give heads up, the 1500VA 900w CyberPower UPS is on sale at Amazon today for a daily deal. I have 4 of these in the house already and just ordered another 3 (max order limit).
It is Prime Eligible too if you are a Prime member and if you aren’t a Prime member… Why not?
EDIT: Oh it is more than just the CyberPower, other UPSes as well.
I just noticed this evening that my ClusterMaps Icon was messed up. When I went to check up on it I found out that one of their servers blew up and they for some reason can’t put humpty dumpty back together again so years of stats data is currently lost.
Oh well… Life goes on.
The AD Assessment reports that I regularly see lately from various “largish” “well known” Third Party Consulting companies seem to often be no more than bad opinions and sensationalism to try and make the customer feel good for over-paying for the AD “Consultants” to come in and look around.
Yes there are a lot of stupid things out there, stop making them out to be “end-of-the-world” class problems.
For example, a large number of empty groups is indeed silly and should be removed but it isn’t a substantial waste on your Active Directory causing excessive unnecessary replication nor is it going to massively slow down Active Directory or authentication. Plus there is always the possibility that the groups are used, just not populated except for certain times. For example, Schema Admins is generally empty in many orgs, should it be deleted? That is probably not the norm but telling a company to simply go delete 5,000 or 10,000 groups without any understanding of why they are there and if they are used at all is a bit shortsighted. It has been a long while since I tried to size out objects in AD But I seem to recall 10k empty groups with 60 character names was roughly 25MB. I am not going to haphazardly blow away groups that I am not sure about just to try and recoup 25MB. Heck even if I did that and then waited for the lifetime to expire on the tombstones I am not going to bother performing offline defrags to get that space back. If you are THAT tight on space in the world of the disks we have today, you have much greater issues my friend.
Another example, AD Sites that don’t have Domain Controllers… They aren’t the end of the world either and aren’t causing inefficiencies in user logons and extra authentication traffic. There are valid reasons for sites without Domain Controllers in an AD Topology for other applications and it is why it is handled so well by default with the closest DCs picking up those sites and registering DNS records for them.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong proponent of Object Life Cycle Management which is something many (probably most) companies screw up, but I am not a proponent of FUD Reports to justify stupidly highly paid outside consultants. So, when I get ahold of a report that has that FUD in it, don’t be surprised when I let the management know my opinion of the person who wrote it and their understanding of Active Directory.
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