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Expanded Control with Group Policy Preferences
One of the most compelling new technologies to come with Windows Server 2008 and Win dows Vista is Group Policy Preferences. GPPs greatly expand what administrators can do with Group Policy, and the great thing is that you don't need to install a new infrastructure since the technology works with your...
11 Dec 2008
Reanimating Active Directory Tombstone Objects
Data loss is a fact of life and it pays to be prepared for all sorts of recovery scenarios. Tombstone reanimation for Active Directory was introduced in Windows Server 2003. This feature takes advantage of the fact that Active Directory keeps deleted objects in the database for a period of time before...
31 Aug 2007
Essential Command-Line Tools for Managing Active Directory
Get an overview of 8 command line tools you should know that are included with Windows Server 2008 R2 for managing Active Directory. Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
22 Jun 2010
Designing OU Structures that Work
How much planning do you put into your Organizational Unit, or OU, structure ? If you're like many administrators, probably not enough. Too many administrators underestimate the importance and complexity of a well-designed OU structure. It is something that needs to be tailored to your environment, and...
2 May 2008
Live from DEC Europe 2007
Greetings all- I'm spending a few days this week at DEC Europe 2007 - the Directory Experts Conference. The conference is run by NetPro, which I mention primarily because NetPro's CTO - Gil Kirkpatrick - is a regular writer for TechNet Magazine . Gil is here, along with a number of other Identity...
24 Sep 2007
Remote Active Directory Administration with Windows PowerShell
Get an overview of how to start administering Active Directory from a remote system using Windows PowerShell and Active Directory Administrative Center. Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
2 Nov 2010
Manage Active Directory with Administrative Center and Windows PowerShell
Here’s an overview of how to get started using Active Directory Administrative Center and Windows PowerShell to manage Active Directory in your organization. Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
25 Jun 2010
Hey, Scripting Guy! Browsing Active Directory
"Where can I get the Active Directory Browser?" This may be the number one quest ion we hear—and we’ve never even see the Active Directory Browser! Does it exist? Did it ever exist? This installment attempts to clear up the confusion and, in doing so, the Scripting Guy creates a Windows PowerShell...
5 Feb 2009
May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online
The May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc462914.aspx . The May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. In the May issue, we delve into Active Directory management, showing you how to protect some of your most important...
21 Apr 2008
Start Using Cmdlets to Manage Active Directory
The Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell contains 90 cmdlets that can save you a lot of time and avoid tedious work. Here’s a short primer to help you start using cmdlets to manage Active Directory . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips...
26 Oct 2010
Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008
Active Directory is one of the most critical components of your infrastructure. If it goes down, your network is rendered useless. Therefore, to ensure business continuity and compliance, you need to have a solid backup and recovery plan in place for Active Directory. Now, you may already have...
30 Apr 2008
Using Group Policy to Configure Wireless Network Settings
In an Active Directory Domain Services environment, you can use Group Policy to configure wireless network settings . But you’ll need to do a little tweaking. Here’s what you need to know . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips •...
13 Oct 2010
Secure E-Mail Using Digital Certificates
For millennia, humans have used various methods to hide information in transit, validate the sender, and authenticate the message. Now one method for handling all three has been developed and is becoming widely used—Secure Multi-Purpose Internet Mail. There are several stages to bootstrapping, composing...
28 May 2008
11 Essential Tools for Managing Active Directory
Active Directory is a crucial technology for managing users and groups in an enterprise, but managing user accounts or fixing configuration issues isn't always fun and games. In the September 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, Laura E. Hunter introduces you to 11 free Active Directory administration tools...
10 Sep 2007
What's New in Active Directory Domain Services
Special Coverage: Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 introduces some substantial enhancements to Active Directory Domain Services . In the March issue of TechNet Magazine, Gil Kirkpatrick delves into these changes. He takes a close look at how read-only domain controllers and Windows Server Core...
31 Mar 2008
Interacting with Windows from a Mac Environment
How times have changed! These days it is fairly easy to bring Macs into your Windows network infrastructure. And with a little work you can even integrate some of the operating system services. Learn how to connect Macs to Active Directory, see how you can use Entourage with Exchange, integrate the Messenger...
25 Nov 2008
Active Directory replication
While Active Directory created a great deal more flexibility in terms of supporting a large or decentralized environment, it also generated new challenges for maintaining the integrity of directory data. When two admins on opposite ends of your organization make conflicting changes, how do you reconcile...
22 Oct 2007
Windows PowerShell: Automating Directory Management
While Windows PowerShell is a powerful tool, it does have a notable shortcoming that is largely due to timing. In the May installment of the Windows PowerShell column, Don Jones explains why the first version of Windows PowerShell offers less than superior Active Directory management capabilities...
5 May 2008
April 2009 Issue of TechNet Magazine Now Available Online
The April 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. In this issue, we introduce you to new features and enhancements in the latest version of Internet Explorer, help you manage multiple Active Directory forests, explore Office Communicator Web Access, explain voice conferencing in OCS 2007...
18 Mar 2009
Authenticate Linux Clients with Active Directory
Did you just go “whoa!” when you saw that title? Bet you never thought y ou’d see that here! But the times, as they say, are a-changing and we have too. Many organizations today use multiple operating systems. We all have the same goal of providing high-quality, cost-effective IT services to the organization...
11 Nov 2008
Exchange Queue & A: Site Resiliency with SCR, Recommended Root Volume Size, and More
You ask, Henrik Walther answers . Here’s what’s covered in this issue. Q I'm currently architecting an Exchange Server 2007-based messaging infrastructure for a large enterprise requiring that the solution include site resiliency. So I'm considering deploying cluster continuous replication (CCR)-based...
3 Mar 2009
Enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin (and other New Features)
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced a number of new features for Active Directory, including a new Recycle Bin. Here’s what you need to do before you can start using the Recycle Bin and other new Active Directory features . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter...
24 Jun 2010
Know the Most Useful Active Directory Support Tools
Windows Server 2008 R2 includes numerous support tools for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting Active Directory. Here is a brief overview of some of the most useful support tools for working with Active Directory . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips...
2 Jul 2010
Know the Key MMC Snap-Ins for Managing Active Directory
Get an overview of the most common Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins you’ll use to manage Active Directory . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
1 Jul 2010
View Hidden Folders in Active Directory Users And Computers
Active Directory Users And Computers displays a standard set of folders by default. Here’s a look at using the Active Directory Users And Computers MMC snap-in and accessing folders that are hidden . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips •...
23 Nov 2010
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