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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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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'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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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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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 ...
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Active Directory Failover with external DNS

I have redundant Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controllers, all OUs and objects are being replicated between them properly. Whenever I take down the primary Domain Controller none of my clients can ...
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Windows Server DHCP role not working correctly in VMware Player

I've got a Windows Server 2008 running in VMWare player with the following roles: Active Directory Domain Services DHCP DNS The server is using the following credentials: The IP of the (DNS) ...
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Installing Antivirus on Hyper-V Guest and Host Systems [duplicate]

I have one physical server which runs two Hyper-V Servers. One is for SQL Server and the other is Domain Controller. I want to install Antivirus on these servers with exclusions added. Is it ...
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Events ID 4013 For DNS and 1844 for Active Directory

i have newly register a virtual private server (windows 2008 R2), my problem is when i install an Active Directory and DNS Roles its raise the below events IDs 4013 For DNS and 1844 for Active ...
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Returning user password expiry date - Powershell

I'm working on a command to pull users and the date/time that their password will expire. Trying to make it look somewhat decent. I feel like this should work, but it's not working as planned. Can ...
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Removing AD Group members according to their memberships to certain groups in the same OU

Our AD groups for Websense filtering has been set up with very little flexibility for policy management. There are only two groups for "Permit all" web browsing category. Now I need to create over 20 ...
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How do I configure DNSMasq on DD-WRT when using Active Directory?

I have a server running Windows Server 2012R2. It is a domain controller. I have a router running DD-WRT version DD-WRT v24SP2-EU-US (08/19/10) std (SVN revision 14998). The router is configured with ...
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Windows 7 Temporary Profiles on New PC's

2 new ASUS Pro laptops, i5, 4GB RAM etc. Windows 7 Professional. Im trying to set them up onto our domain. I ran through the name change and domain join procedure through my computer -> right click ...
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How to change the start menu for restricted user on Windows 7?

I am the administrator of my network & I have a restricted user on the network. I noticed that the default start menu for a restricted user leaves off 99% of shortcuts that could actually be ...
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Where can I find a complete list of Active Directory LDAP error/data codes?

I'm looking for an official list of LDAP error codes Specifically given LDAP: error code 49 - 80090308: LdapErr: DSID-0C0903A9, comment: AcceptSecurityContext error, data 531, v1db1 I'm looking for ...
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ActiveDirectory Update a user getting UnauthorizedAccessException

I have a script that updates user pictures. It works perfectly fine on my machine as I'm a Domain Admin. I want to schedule it to run on my SQL Server, but the account that is running the Agent ...
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How to remain my Windows login on dying AD and password expired soon

I have Win 7 joined to my corporate AD with 3 month password expiry. Now I have problem that they wanted to change the AD to a new domain. I am not sure if the old AD is still alive. However I have ...
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Add Printer requires UAC to admin

I have several non-admin users on my Active Directory domain that need to be able to add printers without an admin entering their credentials at a UAC prompt. How do I use group policies to allow ...
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Prohibit Windows users from creating open shares with anonymous login/access

Is there a way (using GPO or registry key) to block a windows users when they attempts to create an open share which allow anonymous login/access ? thank you.
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Admin group membership not replicated

Currently, my user account is member of Administrators and Domain-Administrators in a network with two DCs. On both DCs, changes in my group membership will be replicated without problems. However, if ...
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How to ignore extra spaces in LDAP filter

My filter looks something like this &(extensionAttribute2=123456) I can foresee instances where the values might have spaces at the beginning or end of the string and I don't want to exclude ...
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alternative to connect to domain on windows 7 home edition

I know that it is Impossible to join a domian, But I was wondering if a 3rd party software is available that can hellp me. The only function I need is to have to user folder on the server. Thank you.
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Add Computer and User to Domain - Can't login

I have set up a domain on my netowrk, as following: Domain Controller: HostName: DC001 OS: WS2008R2 Domain name: test.local Domain admin user: diego Domain admin user: password User "diego" can ...
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Is there an easy way to add yourself to an Active Directory group, with only Add/Remove Self permission?

At my friend's large home network where there is an Active Directory / Exchange / Outlook setup (sorry I'm not a Microsoft pro), I'm trying to set up a distribution list to act like a mailing list. ...
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How to tell whether machine is on AD Domain when running as SYSTEM

I have a batch script run as the SYSTEM user, and I need to find out whether the machine is on an AD Domain or not. I don't know, or need to know, the AD Domain name, just whether it's on any AD ...
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Domain Controller: Can't Log Into Safe Mode

Today I've removed the DSRM password with PCUnlocker, and I can then boot to Directory Services Restore Mode and logged into the local administrator account with a blank password. But the most strange ...
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Re-add computer to domain without local admin

I have this problem that I can't get a Windows 7 computer to re-join a domain. I have no local account enabled on the machine, so I'm trying to re-add it from the domain controller. I add the computer ...
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What will break if I move my Domain Controller machine accounts from the default OU into another OU, assuming the policy is linked?

Background: I've been helping out with a recent G.P. simplification (read overhaul) at work. I'm working from a list of things my supervisor has requested be done with Group Policy to harden our ...
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How to remove reference to removed DC from the network

I recently demoted a win2kr2 DC from my network, unfortunate for me I remove the entire Server from the Network physically as well. Now I am facing with numerous ADDS Repl. Errors (Obviously) How do ...
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Account display name on start screen is not updated after active directory update

look at the screen below, this shows start screen from my win 8.1 laptop I issue started when the domain controller incorrectly entered my last name as Rahul instead of Ruhal. After request to ...
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How do I add a Microsoft account user to Windows Server 2012?

I am managing a small network with a Windows Server 2012 domain controller. I have usernames of the network users who can access various network drives/files. In the past, I would open up Active ...
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Obtain administrators rights on Windows 7 when there is no administrator account [closed]

I've recently obtain a Windows 7 laptop. It is managed via active-directory and I normally login using my ad username / password. For personal uses, I'd like to obtain Administrator privileges. My ...
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Finding Microsoft document about 'globe' contact in Outlook Address Book

In my Outlook Address Book, I see some contacts that have a globe icon next to it. I cant find the contacts within Active Directory, Exchagne Server and wanted to know how to find and remove the ...
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Postfix bcc to ldap address

I am using Postfix with AD, and I want to send a copy of every email to their manager. Therefore I have these entries: cn: staff1 mail: staff1@company.com manager: ...
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How can I mount ActiveDirectory in powershell with X500 format?

when I try to mount Active Directory in powershell, it raises the below error: """The object name has bad syntax new-psprovider""". It can only bypassed if you provide the option -format canon. But ...
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Active Directory control screen saver based on user's email address

I want a particular screensaver for users on my AD, with primary email address as @abc.com and a different screen saver for users with email address as @xyz.com? How can I achieve this easily? We ...
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Can windows allow a group of users remote control over a single user/desktop/environment?

On ubuntu I can set up a server to only allow a group of users to log in and allow that group to su and control e.g. a webserver user. Is there a way for me to replicate that flow with Windows, LDAP ...