Author Archives: techiebird

How to fix time synchronize issue on virtual Domain Controller with a incorrect time source

This article will explain how to fix time sync issue on Hyper-V virtual domain controller. Normally domain controllers in the domain use the PDC as their central time source. However, a Hyper-V virtual DC would normally synchronize time with it’s hyper-v host instead of PDC. This would cause time difference between virtual DC and other… Read More »

New Features in Windows Server 2019 Failover Cluster

Cluster sets: Cluster sets enable you to increase the number of servers in a single software-defined datacenter solution beyond the current limits of a cluster. This is accomplished by grouping multiple clusters into a cluster set–a loosely-coupled grouping of multiple failover clusters: compute, storage and hyper-converged. With cluster sets, you can move online virtual machines… Read More »

Failover Clustering in Windows Server

Windows failover cluster is a group of independent servers that work together to increase the availability and scalability of clustered roles/applications/services. Clustered servers are connected by physical cables and by software. If one or more of the cluster nodes fail, other nodes begin to provide service. Clustered roles are proactively monitored to verify that they… Read More »

AutoPilot Mode

Windows AutoPilot is system management without the servers. Similar to Microsoft’s InTune or SCCM, Windows AutoPilot can be used to manage devices. It requires Azure AD and some cloud-based services but the result is you can configure and tweak your devices and recover/reconfigure them quite easily without the infrastructure costs associated with a traditional SCCM… Read More »

Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows Defender is antivirus software that is built-in to the Windows OS and protects your systems against viruses, malware, spyware, and network threats. It is a Windows service that works with other Microsoft security and maintenance services such as Windows Firewall and Microsoft SmartScreen. All of these services are enabled by default and start at… Read More »

What is Credential Guard in Windows 10

Credential Guard is unique to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2016, and designed to protect against OS-level attempts to read credentials. It uses hardware and virtualization-based security to isolate secrets so that only privileged system software can access them. Credential Guard protects NTLM password hashes, Kerberos Ticket-Granting Tickets, and credentials stored by applications. Usually,… Read More »

What is Cortana in Windows 10

One of the new features of Windows 10 is Cortana. It is deeply embedded into the operating system, and application developers can very easily integrate into the voice controls of Cortana to launch or manage their applications. Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant whose mission is to help you get things done. Two examples of Cortana… Read More »

Active Directory health check

I am going to list down some key areas which need to be covered in any Active Directory health check: Replication health: A healthy replication is important for any Active Directory infrastructure. All domain controllers in the infrastructure need to be aware of every change to the Active Directory database. There are tools and techniques… Read More »

FSMO Roles in Active Directory

There are five flexible single master operations (FSMO) roles in the Active Directory infrastructure. Each of them will be performing specific Active Directory tasks that other domain controllers in the infrastructure are not permitted to perform. These five FSMO roles are divided into two categories based on their operation boundaries: Forest Level> Schema operations master>… Read More »