Active directory (or AD) is Microsoft's implementation of the LDAP protocol or X.500 standard.  Its purpose is to manage objects from a networked computer and make them available for users and administrators of the network.

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“Ghost folders” showing up in Windows share

I have an Active Directory domain setup with Samba 4.2. This domain uses roaming profiles for all users, which are stored on a "Profiles" share on the Samba server. Furthermore, it uses folder ...
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Desktop Management with Active Directory

I've been doing some reading on Active Directory Domain Services and i find it really interesting. My question is this: Say i have ADDS installed on my Windows Server 2012 OS (or 2008), is it ...
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Risk behind weak password policy [closed]

I have a bit an unusual setup: I am a bank with systems, that are not accessible from outside (no direct internet access). To get access to those systems, you first have to physically enter the banks ...
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Why I can't see the users that I have created

I have created 4 users on Active Directory Users and Computer: But I can't see the users on my computer management under "local users and groups" nor on my sql server! So, why I does not have "local ...
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Risk involved on installing WDS on Domain Controller

Is there any Risk involved, if we install WDS on Domain Controller ( Windows Server 2008 R2) Thanks & Regards, Param
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Powershell - select and update an attribute “on the fly”

I am trying to look for AD users who have an null attribute ("terminalservicesprofilepath") and to update this attribute in the same command. I can select the users, but how to update the attribute ...
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What data is needed to connect an AC server? Is there any particular format?

I'm trying to create a simple active directory instance for testing. Firstly, I turned on 'Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services" feature (my os is Win8.1). Then using "Active Directory ...
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OS X Script to delete all non admins with launchd or logout script

I've found a number of articles that touch on this subject but they are not running for me or perhaps because they are years old they do not work OS X 10.10 Yosemite. In short we run Deep Freeze but ...
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Domain authentication without joining the domain

I am DBA in an Active Directory environment. I often work from home using my private PC (I connect via VPN). My private PC is not joined to the Active Directory domain. Is it possible to use domain ...
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Point a Windows Server to one specific AD Server?

It is possible to point a server/client to one specific AD Server? Is a host entry the solution? Environment: domain.local running on Server A and B Edit This is my problem:
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How to get user last logon date on a specific server?

Need to export a table with user names (samAcountNames) along with their last logon date\time on to specific server on network (who is a member of a domain). According to google search, i can do it ...
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Active Directory - Export an OU and sub objects

I would like to export a container and everything it contains with ldifde tool. How can I do that, especially if the container is in Namin Context : Configuration ? I want to export and then import ...
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How to know if a company uses User Logon Name Pre-windows 2000 (SamAccount) or the new User Logon name , to authenticate their users

If users login to their windows machines by entering the following on the Windows login screen: Domainname\username Password Does this mean that the company uses the User Logon Name format ...
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Excel VBA that calls Powershell ActiveDirectory cmdlet, but Module won't load?

I have a powershell script I use to dump user and computer lists to csv files; it works great and I don't want to touch it much. It uses the ActiveDirectory cmdlet, and the Get-ADComputer and ...
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Temporary Password for Domain Admin

A small non-profit company handling confidential information must grant remote domain admin access to their external IT services provider who manages the entire network, including new PCs, etc... ...
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Can't Use Powershell Active Directory Cmdlets Even With RSAT Installed

A while back I wrote a simple .ps1 that let me look up the name of a user or the hostname of a computer and tell me which OU of my AD it resided in. I don't recall having any difficulty running the ...
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How to set the correct Samba chmod permissions for folders in ext4 file system? Is ext4 the right choice?

I am build another Samba server as an Active Directory Domain Controller to replace an old and buggy one. Every night I rsync the old one with the new one. Now I am only changing the shares names in ...
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Smart card setup - Gemalto Cryptoflex 64K V2c

I have recently acquired a few Gemalto Cryptoflexes (as above) and I'm trying to get them to work for smart card login. The card has a minidriver which is ActivIdentity Mini Driver (Gemalto ...
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Likewise open aka powerbroker open, dns error when joining domain

When joining the domain using powerbroker open on a machine which is a bind dns server, i'm running into an issue. I'm not totally sure what powerbroker is trying to do at this point exactly ...
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Trouble with certificate checking on a closed network

I'm managing a Active Directory domain with about a hundred Windows 7 clients running IE9. The network does not have access to the Internet, but do have the ability to access a vendor web application. ...
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cannot login with with ad credentials

I cannot login on my laptop with my AD account, only with my smart card. This happened only after I changed my AD account password. If i lock my laptop while I'm logged with my smart card, I can ...
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Active Directory: global security group

In Active Directory (Win Server 2008 SP1) we have several global security groups (representing different departments) defined under the same path. They all have EMail addresses assigned to them and ...
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How to add Active Directory module in PowerShell in Windows 8?

I use Windows 8.1 and I try use Import-Module ActiveDirectory, but I get the following error: PS C:\Windows\system32> Import-Module ActiveDirectory Import-Module : No se cargó el módulo ...
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Issues With Nested PDLs in Outlook

I am looking to create a new Outlook PDL in my company's directory, and this PDL would have nested PDLs inside it. Are there any potential issues / bugs with using this approach? I've been warned to ...
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Restrict Active Directory user by IP Address or Machine Name

I am needing to create a Windows Active Directory account for use with a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system to a set of SQL Server 2008 R2 servers. This user is requiring elevated privileges in my SQL ...
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apache 2.0 ldap configuration to search subtree in Active Directory

Right now ldap is searching for a user in specified organizational unit (OU) in Active Directory (e.g. cn=apld,ou=Users,ou=_bbb). I need to find a way how to search for ldap user in all sub-OUs of a ...
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List of setspn service classes and their meanings

I am trying to set up my Java tomcat service to be authenticated using Kerberos (Negotiate SSO) in MS AD. For this it is necessary to create SPN. In the documentation of setspn on ...
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Removing DHCP and DNS from Windows AD Domain

This is my first time posting here, so please bear with me. I have been searching for this answer for a few days now with no luck. Maybe my google-fu is not strong enough. I am a software engineer ...
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Is there a way to know what version of Exchange a users mailbox is on

In Active Directory there is a property against a user called "homeMDB" That will give me the users exchange database, but is there a way to know if the user is on exchange 2013 through Active ...
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Load thumbnail photos of Active Directory users as a domain user (not controller) to Outlook

Is it possible, as a user in a domain (without administrative rights), to add thumbnail photos of my co-workers so they'll appear in the thumbnail photo cube in Outlook?
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How to change samba user SID?

I'm trying to change the SID of various user in Samba 4.1.14 using pdbedit pdbedit --user <username> SID=<SID> I run the command but no message is displayed nor the SID is changed. How ...
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Which Active Directory fields are displayed for iPhone contacts?

When connecting iPhones to Exchange servers, the menu Groups > Exchange global address list gives access to other users on the Exchange server. My question is which Active Directory attributes are ...
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'net user <username> <password> /domain' seems to momentarily allow multiple good passwords

So, let me preface this question by saying that I am not a domain administration expert. I'm a programmer who writes custom applications for the web. My company wants to add a password reset feature ...
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Does Windows active directory sync data from user's profile?

Does Windows active directory sync data from user's profile? I mean Desktop, Downloads, outlook or whatever in the profile. I want my windows client's outlook data to automatically sync to my windows ...
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Connecting two domain controllers in Active Directory Server 2012

I want to setup virtual test enviroment at home using windows server 2012 r2. What I did so far: Installed two virtual boxes of win server 2012. Promoted both to Domain Controllers, installed AD DS, ...
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external domain controller for multiple LAN merging

my home network consists of two pcs and one laptop all behind one DSL Router. Simple Question: Is it possible to set up a Windows Domain Controller on a V-Server (hosted in the Internet) in such way ...
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Active Directory Force Logoff After 8 Hours

We are a 24/7 company and we have an active directory network of approximately 80 workstations. Our employees do not seem to be logging off when they leave their shift and others are using their ...
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How do I regain connectivity to a Windows Server after calling Powershell cmdlet Remove-NetFirewallRule?

I have some servers on AWS cloud. I accidentally invoked the PowerShell command Remove-NetFirewallRule and this has completely locked me out of the server. The server is joined to a domain. I have ...
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When an Active Directory User Logs in to Local Windows 2012 Server Launch a Virtual Machine; Possible?

I won't get into the reasons why this needs to happen, however, is this possible. I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 box that needs to be used as a daily driver for a few of a clients employees. Ideal ...
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Prevent windows computers from remembering last account with group policy

I have computers joined to an active directory domain. My users have roaming profiles because they will be using different computers in the office. Currently the computers will default the username to ...
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Domains and shares(Share a DVD-ROM drive?)

As a part of my college studies, I configured an AD DS for me to put around and enjoy while my review license lasts. My wife had recently purchased a laptop with out a DVD-ROM and with a puny 32 GB ...
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Change PC local group members from Active Directory Domain Controller?

Our environment is based on a Windows Server 2003, and more than a hundred computers in the domain. These computers have the usual domain user in the local Administrator group of the respective ...
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Samba, winbind and AD authentication: username is invalid on this system

I am trying to set up a file server with Active Directory authentication using Samba and Winbind. Domain controller is Windows 2000 SP4 (don't judge). File server is Debian 7.7 (latest stable). This ...
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Is there any way to search on active directory without defining the field to search?

I've tried to do a search for an element in both Active Directory Explorer and Softerra LDAP Administrator and either of them are limited in the fact that they can search only for item on an entry in ...
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How to integrate Active Directory in Visual SVN

I'm using the Visual SVN server Standard Edition. Is it possible to integrate Active Directory in Visual svn with this version? If it's possible, how to do that? I researched a lot via google but I ...
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Stop search Active Directory when not available

I have a PC laptop with Windows 8.1 at work and we use AD (Active Directory). But at home there is no AD. How can I prevent Windows spend time search AD on Network at home even if it always fail?
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Reset AD passwords in batch without being an administrator?

I have over a hundred test user accounts in AD that need to have their passwords changed periodically. These are just regular user accounts, but I'm not an administrator in AD. This keeps me from ...
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How can I log into a windows domain with a usb key

I would like to log into a windows domain (active directory) with a USB key without having to install a client on every workstation. My use case is for Elementary School kids who have issues typing ...
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LDAP schema extension fails: there is no such object on the server

I'm trying to set up a file server with Active Directory authentication on Debian. Domain controller is Windows 2000 Server SP4 Update Rollup 1. There are no other domain controllers in this domain. ...
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Recover Active Directory from a server whose motherboard is dead

I had a Windows Server 2008 R2 server setup as an Active Directory. One fine day, the motherboard went dead. After replacing the motherboard, windows boots up and says it detected hardware change and ...