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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 •...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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 •...