Posts tagged Active Directory

WMI Filtering between IE6 and IE7/8


Recently, i have had the pleasure of working on some very challenging items across a whole slew of products and operating systems; I came across a particular problem one day in relation to Internet Explorer settings for IE7 and IE8. The problem was around authentication with internal websites, several sharepoints and internal web farms kept prompting for credentials despite being in the trusted sites zone.


How do i: Rejoin computer to the same account?


Pet hate of mine is creation of new computer accounts (ahhh) for machines that have been reimaged, rejoining the same account is actually really simple!

  1. Open up AD Users & Computers
  2. Find your computer account
  3. Right click an hit “Reset”
  4. Join the computer to the domain with the old account.

Bam, computers back on the domain with the same name and groups! Simple

The tools of the trade, AD Management


As Active Directory administrators we are accustomed to our AD Users & Computer’s, Sites and Services and Domains and trusts snapin. And on their own they are great tools and can get some really good information or do some really smart tasks but in general it takes a long time to get tangible information out of the console, so for this we rely on other tools – Specifically im going to talk about Hyena.


GPO Central Store Update for Windows 7 (External)


My Colleague Alex Verboon has a great article on updating your Group Policy Central Store with your Windows 7 ADMX templates, a must for any GPO Administrator.


Finding when a user last logged on


In this case ADSIEdit.msc is our friend (this is found on the Windows 2003 support pack or from the Administrative tools on your 2008 DC / in the RSAT pack on Windows Vista / 7. So open up adsiedit.msc Connect to your Domain Naming context, navigate to the users account and right click and go properties.


Windows 2008 Active Directory (New forest)

Hi, i am going to start a series of blog entries on setting up a Windows 2008 Based infrastructure, this may be helpful as a reference for System administrators with limited experience with Active Directory and other Windows 2008 Features to have a reference for setting up 2008 related infrastructure.

In this Entry i will start of with showing how to setup a Windows 2008 Based Active Directory Domain, this will be based on a NEW domain.

So lets start !!

Pre-Start Checklist

  • Install the Latest Windows Updates (Click Start > All Programs > Windows Update)
  • Uninstall the IPv6 Interface on your network card
  • Set your Network Card Statically, set your DNS server to the IP you have provided for the machine

Installing Active Directory

Unlike previous version of Windows, your start-up page when you login will no longer allow you to Add active directory via the GUI; Its not really a big deal to be honest, if your going to be installing active directory you should know what the commands are. Click Start > Run > Type “dcpromo

Active Directory Binary Checks

From here you can now see that Windows 2008 is doing some checks to make sure Active Directory Domain Services is installed; I have done this on purpose to show that Windows 2008 is now smart enough to install the basics first. After this screen you will now be shown the Active Directory Setup Wizard.

It is important to note at this stage that there are certain Base Services that need to be installed to provide certain functionality with Windows 2008, in this case its ADDS.


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