[gptalk] Re: GPMC

  • From: "Darren Mar-Elia" <darren@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 16:39:40 -0800

Gary-

I got some news for you. I spoke with a couple AD experts. It appears that
there is a way to possibly improve your situation significantly, but it
involves some AD modifications that may or may not fly in your environment.
Essentially, AD can create something called a tuple index. This is an index
designed exactly for the kind of searches that would occur within the gpLink
attribute. It's a fairly expensive index to maintain but it can have a
dramatic impact on performance. You can read about it here
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms676931(VS.85).aspx?PHPSESSID=7c61
ntavm1dmu84rl10kephll5 , including how you can enable it on the gpLink
attrib. I would, if possible, create a test environment that mirrors your
production domain first, and try it there, because one of the side effects
is an increase in disk usage to maintain the index. 

 

If you are able to implement this, let us know how it goes.

 

Darren

 

 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Gary Noyes
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:41 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

Ok, just got an OU total, 53171 so that would stand to reason my delay when
using that wonderful GPMC tool :-) 

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Darren Mar-Elia <mailto:darren@xxxxxxxxxx>  

To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:58 PM

Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

This is a big flaw in GP design, as far as I'm concerned. The fact that gp
links are stored as a single concatenated string instead of a multi-valued
attribute was a big mistake for larger environments.  There's effectively no
way to speed this up, because even if you were to index this attribute in
AD, you still end up having to parse the string for each GPO GUID. Really
lame.

 

Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Gary Noyes
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 9:53 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

I'm pretty sure it's the amount of OU's as this tool hangs no matter where I
use it from. I will try your tool and let you know.

 

Thanks

Gary

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Darren Mar-Elia <mailto:darren@xxxxxxxxxx>  

To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 11:53 AM

Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

You'd probably have to script it. In any case, for the enumeration to take
minutes means you have a lot of  OUs and potentially lots of GPOs linked to
each of those. Either that or something is broken. You might try a network
trace from the machine running GPMC and see if anything stands out. Outside
of that, you could downloading the trial version of my Backup Manager for GP
product and see if it takes the same lengthy time to show links. If so, then
you know its not a GPMC thing. 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Gary Noyes
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 8:43 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

Don't really have a number how can I get that?

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To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:53 AM

Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

How many OUs are we talking about here Gary? When you try to get information
on where a given GPO is linked, GPMC is having to search the entire domain,
looking at every container object, and searching its gpLink attribute for
the GUID of the GPO. Those attributes are not multi-valued, which means its
doing a string compare across each of the GUIDs in the link list. So, yes,
this will be an expensive process. I do this in fact in one of my products
and it usually doesn't take very long, but your environment may be very
different. 

 

Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Gary Noyes
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:48 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

Ok, even in AD Users and Computers when you click on the links tab it hangs
so it looks like the GPMC is probably automatically searching for all links
when you click on a GPO. Now the question is how do I change this behavior
with the GPMC tool?

 

Thanks

Gary

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Darren Mar-Elia <mailto:darren@xxxxxxxxxx>  

To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:48 PM

Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPMC

 

Gary-

I can't think of any reason this would be the case under normal
circumstances. What might be interesting is to see if you get the same delay
when accessing GPO information via the GPMC scripts?

 

Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of gwnoyes@xxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 7:02 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] GPMC

 

We have a large AD 2003 domain, about 75 thousand objects and lots & lots of
OUs. When I open the GPMC and click on one the GPO's it takes about 10
minutes for it to display the information about that GPO, it hangs at an
hour glass. I made sure the tool is pointing to the right DC and it still
sits at an hour glass for about 10 minutes. All servers are talking on Gig
links so bandwidth isn't a problem.

 

If anyone has seen this an has a fix I would greatly appreciate your
assistance with this as it drives me crazy.

 

Thanks in advance

Gary

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