Archives For Active Directory

Just thought I’d make a little video explaining how group policy works. This includes details of where GPOs are stored, how client side extensions are used, and a few general tips and tricks.

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A free tool for creating and editing Managed Service Accounts, with no Powershell knowledge required. What is a Managed Service Account? They are a special type of domain account in Windows Server 2008 R2 that can be used to run Windows services, but unlike normal domain accounts you don’t have to keep changing the password to keep things secure – Active Directory will take care of managing the password for you and communicating this with the computer that is using the Managed Service Account (you don’t even have to restart the services for the password change to take effect). Pretty useful, but unfortunately the only way to create and configure these accounts is via Powershell… until now.

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I’ve been busy working away on my NTFS Permissions Reporter application and just wanted to show some screenshots of the filtering capabilities and explain why and when you would use them.

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As mentioned in a previous blog post, version 1.5 of the standard edition of AD Info was released a few days ago – well now version 1.5 of the free edition is also available for download.

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Version 1.5 of my Active Directory reporting tool is now available. Read on for a list of the improvements that can be found in this new version

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The new version of my Active Directory querying tool, AD Info, adds the ability to query several Exchange Server related attributes (user’s SMTP addresses etc) as well as several other requested attributes and features

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I’ve been trying to find a way to script or automate the creation of a new Windows VPN connection that uses L2TP/IPSEC with a pre shared key and automatically uses the current user’s credentials, but it seems there is no way to do this using the CMAK, netsh, various powershell scripts, or GPO Preferences as none of them include all of the options we needed to set. So I have come up with a .NET app for doing this and am posting the code here in case it helps anyone else out.

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I have received a few requests for new features in my AD Photo Edit application recently, so I have released a new version that includes all of these features. There are a couple of small changes to the Free Edition but the majority of the new features are in the bulk import and bulk export functions of the program so only appear in the Bulk Edition.

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Group Manager is a tool aimed at end users that allows them to edit group membership for any security or distribution groups that they are assigned as the manager of in Active Directory.

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Its been a while since I released an update for my free Active Directory last logon tool, AD Tidy. So today I released a new version that includes a few user requested features along with a couple of changes I have been meaning to make for a while. Read on for details…

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I was quite surprised to find that in the list of websites that link to my website there was an entry for support.microsoft.com. Upon closer inspection it turns out that there is an MS KB article that suggests using my AD Photo Edit application to upload user images to Active Directory 🙂

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Yes, the first official release of my AD reporting tool, AD Info, is now available. As mentioned in previous blog posts, it comes in two flavours – Free Edition and Standard Edition. Read on for more information and video links.

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I was going to leave any further changes or bug fixes until the first official AD Info release in a few weeks but there were a couple of bugs I really wanted to fix for anyone using the BETA 2 version so I have released a new version.

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