Archives For Active Directory

AD Info BETA 2 Released

January 24, 2011 — 3 Comments

As promised, the final BETA of my Active Directory reporting tool AD Info is now available for public download. This BETA adds a considerable number of query-able attributes that were not in the first BETA, along with some minor new features and bug fixes.

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Just a quick post to let you all know when you can expect the next BETA of AD Info and also the first official version.

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AD Tidy 1.3.1 Released

January 2, 2011 — 6 Comments

Happy new year to everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas…I’m sure it was better than mine anyway, as I managed to get a cold on Christmas day that I have only just recovered from.

Anyway, to celebrate the new year (ok so maybe its nothing to do with the new year…) I have been busy finishing off a new version of my free AD Tidy application . Most of the new features were requested features so thanks to those that took the time to send me an email asking for these as I’m sure they will be useful to lots of people. You can find a list of changes and a download link below.

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AD Info BETA 1 Released

December 13, 2010 — 4 Comments

After several months, I’ve finally got AD Info to a point where it is ready to be BETA tested by the public. There are a few features that I am still working on and these will be included in the next BETA version, which will also include improvements made from feedback on this first BETA, but the majority of the features are up and running and I’m keen to see how others get on with the application.

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Here is the promised second part of my preview/guide to the AD Info BETA. This post will cover creating your own custom queries if you can’t find a built in query that meets your requirements.

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AD Info BETA Videos

December 4, 2010 — 2 Comments

I realise it can be a little hard to get a feel for how a program works and what it is capable of just from reading text and seeing a few screenshots, so I have put together a couple of quick videos demonstrating how you can use AD Info to build and run queries against your Active Directory domain.

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I have finally finished the bulk import and bulk export enabled version of AD Photo Edit… and also updated the free version with some bug fixes and minor enhancements. Yes, the bulk edition is not going to be free I’m afraid (but it is very cheap compared to the competition) – details can be found below.

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I’ve made the first version of AD Photo Edit available on my website now. You can find out more information and download it (for free) from here:

http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/ADPhotoEdit/Info.html

Another version will be released next week that includes the Bulk Import feature mentioned in previous blog posts.

There seems to be a bit of confusion and general lack of good information on the web regarding the thumbnailPhoto Active Directory attribute that Outlook 2010 uses to show user/contact pictures. As I’m making a program that lets you upload images to this attribute (see this post) I have learnt a fair bit about it and thought I would just clear up a few things.

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I fancied a quick break from making my AD reporting app (AD Info) so decided to make a program that will help you upload images into the thumbnailPhoto attribute in Active Directory that Outlook 2010 uses to display user/contact images.

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I know I said the AD Info BETA would be out this week but I’m afraid its going to have to be pushed back to sometime within the next few weeks (before 15th December 2010). I have however put together some screenshots and a guide showing the workflow of how you would use the program to help give people an idea of how the program will work and what you can do with it. This is part 1, part 2 will go through the process of creating your own custom query definitions and will be posted sometime next week.

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I fancied a quick break from making my AD reporting tool so just made a very simple GUI for viewing deleted active directory objects that have not yet passed the tombstone lifetime period (which is 180 days by default on Server 2003 SP1 onwards).

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Just a quick example of how you can use the System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher class to find deleted objects (that have not yet reached the tombstone time limit) in your Active Directory domain.

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Just a quick update on the progress on my latest project, a free active directory reporting utility. I’ve decided to name it “AD Info” … not the greatest name in the world but most of the decent names were already taken by commercial Active Directory reporting programs.

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I’ve recently started working on a new application, and like all of my other apps it will be completely free when it is complete. It is an Active Directory reporting tool that will allow you to easily query your AD domain and produce custom reports that you can view on screen and export to file.

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