Posts Tagged ‘ Active Directory ’

Security and Flexibility in the corporate IT environment

January 15, 2009
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IT managers have a tough job ahead of them. Having to keep the company’s workstations and servers secure and at the same time providing a flexible work (technology) environment that will handle exceptions as they come up.  It’s a tall order. The first instinct is to make the workstation so secure that it’s unusable....

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Testing your Domain Controler

December 4, 2008
By admin

If you’re in charge of the infrastructure at your work you probably deployed your share of DCs. Let’s say you’re about to deploy 2 more at a new site. Microsoft recommends they both be Global Catalogue Servers. You get everything to work just fine- and then someone starts adding more and more users- until...

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New release- Active Directory Change Notifier 2.0

October 20, 2008
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The new version improves the user interface and introduces domain-level monitoring features. Version 2.0 simplifies the installation process and improves the UI. Other improvements include better monitoring capabilities and more granular reporting. These enhancements are invaluable to administrators wanting to implement a more proactive Directory Services management approach. More details can be found here.

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Exchange- Web Access, and blocking your attachements

October 9, 2008
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If you use Exchange Server 2003, you can block attachements for the Web Access. Attachments extensions can be configured through the registry on your Exchange Server. OWA is originally installed with the default set of extensions, shown below. -Level 1: attachments with file extensions prohibited from being accessed by OWA: Location: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeWeb\OWA Value: Level1FileTypes Type:...

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Server 2008 Backup

October 7, 2008
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Recently, someone asked about that Windows Server 2008 Backup feature and I wanted to include a quick note about it on the blog as well. The Windows Server 2008 Backup feature can be installed separately, and has a couple of subsets- Windows Server Backup and Command-line Tools. Through the helpful interface you can run...

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Retrieving object details from Active Directory

October 7, 2008
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Obtaining any type of info from your Directory Services requires scripting, if you’re using the native tools. There’s an easier and faster way- you can use third party Active Directory solutions like the Active Directory Manager, or Active Directory Reporter. So let’s compare the two approaches; let’s try to get something simple… say “User”...

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Group Policy best practice analyzer tool

October 7, 2008
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This tool has been available for about 1 year or so. Many people are aware of it, but we talk to many other IT folks that either chose to ignore it or are simply unaware of it. According to Microsoft- You can use the Microsoft Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer (GPDBPA) tool to...

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Quick note about Group Policies – Server 2003 vs. Server 2008

October 7, 2008
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A major issue in Server 2003 implementations of Group Policies is the huge amount of space they take up. For each Policy, there’s a corresponding .ADM file. The .ADM file supports only the English language, and it’s also 3.5MB in size. Not much right? When you consider that for each policy you have, there’s...

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Failed to access IIS metabase

October 7, 2008
By admin
Failed to access IIS metabase

When setting up the Active Directory Manager, some people may encounter issues related to the IIS setup. The possible cause: When you install IIS AFTER .NET 2.0 framework, the rights of the ASPNET user had not been set correctly. Suggested resolution: Repair (Uninstall if repair does not work for you) .NET Framework 2.0 You...

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Audits- the necessary evil?

October 7, 2008
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Most IT executives recognize the importance of a proper audit, yet audits can be a painful process for both the auditor and the IT organization. Audits give companies opportunities to improve, based on analysis and advice. How big (and complex) should an audit be depends on the risk priorities and thresholds, business objective, differences...

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