Category: Active Directory

New AD Replication Status Tool

Microsoft has released a new Active Directory replication diagnostics tool called ADREPLSTATUS.  Features include: Auto-discovery of the DCs and domains in the Active Directory forest to which the ADREPLSTATUS computer is joined “Errors only” mode allows administrators to focus only on DCs reporting replication failures Upon detection of replication errors, ADREPLSTATUS uses its tight integration…

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Before You Install System Center … Clean Up Those Computer Accounts

First, I hope you’ve done some planning/architecture/proof of concept.  Next, clean up the environment.  Products that deploy agents, such as System Center Essentials (SCE), Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr), and Operations Manager (SCOM/OpsMgr), will allow you to track the success of agent deployment.  And if your network is like most others I’ve encountered over the years, nobody…

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Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner

Credit to John McCabe for finding this useful looking tool.  “The Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner is a diagnostic tool that is designed for administrators of small or medium-sized networks (recommended up to 20 servers and up to 500 client computers) who want to assess the overall health of their network infrastructure. The tool identifies…

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Microsoft Active Directory Design Guide

Microsoft has published an Active Directory design guide.  “This guidance provides general recommendations for the design, deployment and management of an Active Directory environment in a healthcare organization according to current best practices. The purpose of this guidance is to accelerate Active Directory design and deployment in a healthcare organization, and provide a framework for…

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Active Directory Management Gateway Service

Microsoft has released the AD Management Gateway Service AKA the Active Directory Web Service for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 R2 includes a new role called the Active Directory Web Service.  This is an interface for MS native PowerShell based tools to it interact with and manage Active Directory, i.e.…

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How To Deploy VPN/RAS Connections Using Scripting and GPO

This download documents how to use PowerShell and Group Policy to configure RAS/VPN connections on Windows clients if you are using the native technologies for RAS/VPN. “This article describes how to use Group Policy, Powershell and the Remote Access Service (RAS) application programming interfaces (APIs) to configure and deploy VPN connection settings to client computers…

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Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner

I regularly see people asking for “monitoring” solutions.  They often can’t afford a OpsMgr or a SCE solution.  I also regularly see people with AD/authentication issues.  Those can be nasty to isolate.  Microsoft may have just released something to help small-medium businesses.  It’s called the Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner. “The Microsoft IT Environment Health…

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Planning Active Directory Forest Recovery

The scouts say something about preparation.  I can’t remember what it was but the idea is that it’s better to have done the work to be prepared for a disaster rather than save some time and then get bit*h-slapped by the disaster.  For example, what do you do when something nasty happens to your Active…

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Group Policy Reference Sheet For Internet Explorer 8

This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Internet Explorer 8. The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Internet Explorer 5, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. These files are used to expose policy settings when you…

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