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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UPN vs DOMAIN\USER signin

What is the difference between using user@zone.domain.tld over DOMAIN\USER? Does the difference come in to play the bigger the AD/business network is? For my setup I have now I can use either/or and ...
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GPO to configure “Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)”

Using excel 2013 (office 2013 32-bit per MS recommendation) on Win7Pro 64bit in a 2008R2 64bit AD domain. When trying to open an excel 2013 document getting the errorbox "There was a problem sending ...
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Should we load smaller subnets into Active Directory

Our network team is splitting up the subnets in each of our offices from /16 and /18 subnets to multiple /24 subnets. Our systems team is not changing Active Directory sites and services to replicate ...
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Query site for given ip from AD sites and services

Windows Active Directory maintains a list of subnet to sites assignments (in "Active Directory - Sites and Services" -> Sites -> Subnets). The subnet-to-site associationas ar used, obviously, by ...
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Powershell script to add user to active directory and set static IP

I have seen other similar questions but I am looking to fully automate the process and all of the examples I have found up until now are missing pieces that I need. Also, this is the first poweshell ...
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Cache Group Policies for AD Group

I administrate number of Windows 7 machines frozen using Faronics Deep Freeze. Because these machines are kept frozen they do not cache group policies. So every time a user logs in after a reboot ...
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error when trying to join AD with linux mint

I am trying to join Active Directory with mint MATE 64-bit, using likewise open gui. I get the following error: "Network name not found.. Failure to lookup a domain name ending in ".local" may be the ...
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Automatically log in a user once after connecting to a domain

I am using a script to connect 140+ workstations to a domain. These workstations are primarily Windows 7 but there are a few XP stations thrown into the mix. They were previously part of a workgroup ...
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How can I restrict a user in an AD environment only to have vpn access but no directory share rights?

I'm trying to restrict an AD account to only have vpn access rights but no domain user rights. Can it be done or should I try something out of windows server's boundaries? We are using a Fortigate ...
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Starting the Citrix Desktop Service once a specific user logs in

I am working on a package to be released into an enterprise environment which needs to have the Citrix Desktop Service in a suspended state post deployment from CM. In suspending the service post ...
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Powershell - Test user credentials in AD, with password reset

I can successfully use Powershell to tell if a user authenticates in Active Directory: Function Test-ADAuthentication { param($username,$password) (new-object directoryservices.directoryentry ...
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Customizing AD Users and Computers snap-in

We are looking at using the departmentNumber attribute for our users in Active Directory. Easy enough for admins to edit this attribute using the Attribute Editor tab with AD Users and Computers ...
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Terminal command to include currently logged on user

I am trying to write a script that makes our network (active directory) users local administrator on their macs. I have the script that will do this: dseditgroup -o edit -n /Local/Default -a ...
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Active Directory Allow User to Install Only

On my active directory network, I want to satisfy my boss by giving him semi-administrative permissions that will allow him to Install programs as administrator in emergency situations on all ...
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Active Directory - Deploying Wallpaper / GPO “Files” Permissions

I have tried to deploy wallpaper with active directory and it seems everything is working, up until the point where the image seems to have permission issues. At first I thought it was the image, but ...
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Share a folder without admin credential

In our domain, users have "User" permission level, every time some user want to share a folder it will be prompt admin credential to finish, is there a way to allow domain users to freely share ...
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Is there any trick to join and use Windows 8/8.1 with Samba 4 (4.1.6)?

It seems that Samba doesn't like me at all. I've followed various tutorials and I can't get Windows 8 to work properly with a Ubuntu Server as domain controller. This week i've downloaded ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Active Directory - GPO Will Not Apply to Group of Machines

I created a GPO to create a few rules for a set of computers, but no matter what I do, running "gpresult /r" yields "Filtering: Denied (Security)" as admin, or if I'm a regular user, it just doesn't ...
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Active Directory in a home environment?

I have two questions for you all... If I had a standard home router (Netgear R6300) and was looking at running a basic home domain using Active Directory as the domain controller. 1) How do I go ...
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Windows 2012 Domain Controller NETLOGON error

We have Sonicwall firewall user authentication System active since last two months. We have Windows 2012 Active directory server setup with around 1400 user account created. These accounts were ...
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Microsoft Digital Signature Expiration in Active Directory

We have a large number of users on our network that need to sign forms digitally from time to time with Microsoft digital signatures that are set up to expire each year. Some of our users however are ...
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client pc install software without administrative rights [closed]

I've a PC installed Win 7 and it is on AD domain network. I can just logon as client user, cannot logon as AD admin or local admin. So i cannot install any software. I've talked to my IT department ...
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Windows 7 box joined to domain but unable to search domain locations for users

I've been experiencing an odd issue on a Windows 7 box joined to our Windows Server 2008 AD domain. I've been trying to add a local admin to the box while logged as in my domain admin user. However, ...
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Internal LAN Based Chat/Messenger with LDAP/Active Directory Auth

Are there any options out there for an internal chat messenger that offers logging in with an AD account? I've found some options out there for internal chat messengers but none seem to support AD.
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How do Active Directory accounts work off network

When you take a laptop off the business network how does one login if you use Active Directory accounts to access the machine. Are profiles cached after first logging in?
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Cleaning out AD Roaming Profile Cache

I've been playing around with AD RPs after watching some videos and they mentioned that you end up with a lot of disk space being filled due to cache and files being copied over from the server where ...
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Windows 2003R2 Primary DC not transferring roles

I inherited a Windows 2003 R2 Domain Controller and to ensure I have resiliency, I added a second DC as Additional DC with DNS. Now I shutdown the Primary DC but for unknown reasons, the FSMO roles ...
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Piping with PowerShell in Office 365 Exchange and on-premises AD

We have a local AD domain synced with Exchange Online in Office 365. I am trying to use PowerShell to get information that I need but keep getting an error and can’t seem to get the commands to work ...
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How to extract Active Directory configuration?

Is there a tool to extract AD configuration, which can be used later to perform technical configuration security audit without having any interaction with the machine that contain the AD?
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How long until disabling a logged on user takes effect?

I have asked the admin sitting next to me to change my password and disable my account. He did that 15 minutes ago and I am still browsing the network shares. I haven't logged off yet, but I want to ...
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Mac OS X 10.8 not binding to Windows domain

I have five iMacs with OSX 10.8.5. Two of the iMacs are binding to Windows domain server (2012) successfully. But I can’t bind remaining three iMac machines, and it is showing authentication error ...
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Active Directory: Swap two users' home folders

I have an AD domain w/ some users. Each user has a home folder that's on a shared network drive. Due to a silly situation, two users have been using each other's accounts for a long time (including ...
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Windows 2003 VM drops out of domain

A customer of ours is cloning a domain-joined Windows 2003 VM, changes its IP but leaves it with the same hostname (using sysprep). It still retains connectivity to the same domain controller. What ...
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How to include all dns records and IP address of a server in automatic certificate enrollment of Microsoft AD CS?

In my company there are a lot of servers which users remotely login to them to do their duties. We have enabled computer certificate auto enrollment for them to assure secure connection. But because ...
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GPO printer allocation

scenario: AD domain with multiple remote OUs with fairly robust communications. I allocate printers per location via GPO. Some of the Work Stations in the OU allocate the printers on login (5 of ...
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How to enable entering username in Zorin OS

I have joined my zorin os (v8) to a domain. But I can not find how to enable entering usernames on the logon screen. How do you enable this feature?
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Trying to lock down cells in excel & office 365

We have only sharepoint, office 365, excel 2013 - no domain. I'm trying to lock down specific columns in an excel sheet. When I click on 'Permissions' in 'Allow users to Edit Ranges' I type in a ...
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PowerShell - IF statement case insensitive?

I am trying to write a PowerShell script that will cycle through the ProxyAddresses for all of my AD user objects. If a user has a SMTP address with USER@DOMAIN.LOCAL, I want it to check if they also ...
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Why would an organization use a single, *common* Active Directory account for all staff who use a multifunction photocopier? [closed]

At a company I used to work for they had some high-end multifunction Panasonic digital photocopiers (fax/scanner/printer/photocopy etc.) used by approximately 150 staff. For some reason, despite ...
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How do I use (O365) Exchange Online custom attributes (1 to 15) when I have directory sync enabled and no exchange installed on-premises?

Here is my setup: Active Directory on premises - with no Exchange installed. DirSync tool to sync all users to Office 365 Now, I need to use CustomAttributes in Exchange - here is where the ...
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Bitlocker Will Not Encrypt on Fixed-Data Drive

I have recently encrypted my system (C:) drive, using Bitlocker, on my W7 Enterprise box. This machine is not associated with a domain. I would like to encrypt my remaining fixed data drives, as well. ...
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Is it possible to allow a user of Domain A to write to Domain B fileshare without a trust relationship?

I'm currently working with two Windows 2008 servers, each running on completely separate domains with no possibility of setting up a trust relationship between them. What I need to find a way of ...
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PowerShell – Remove specific SMTP addresses from proxyAddresses array

I have been trying to figure this out how to modify the proxyAddresses of some of my users in AD using PowerShell. My basic goal is to use Get-ADObject to query AD for a specific set of users and ...
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Join an Active Directory domain with Linux without being an Administrator

My current task is to configure a testing virtual machine to join our company's AD domain, so users can login with domain credentials. I am only responsible to make tests with that VM, that will be ...
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Checking if a user account is locked on another domain controller

I'm trying to see if a user account has been locked out, using the command line. I thought that I could do this with the net command, but when I run the command NET USER username /domain it ...
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Set profile on fileserver but not let other users access the folder

OK, so I want to set the profile path and have it mapped to a drive letter, but I don't want everyone else to be able to access that folder. Just maybe admins and the actual user. ...
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How do I enforce a unifrom company email font and signature format across Outlook 2007, 10 and 13? [closed]

Our users currently run a mixture of Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013 to manage emails. We use active directory and our server runs Windows Server 2008 R2. Is there anyway that we can enforce through ...
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QNAP TS-809U: Domain Users / Groups disappear and the server has to be rejoined to the AD Domain

We have a TS809U that we have joined to the domain. Shares and access rights works as the should with the domain users and everything is just the way it should be. But after a couple of weeks/a month ...
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How do I audit where security groups are applied in my domain? [closed]

I've been asked to find out how and where specific security groups are being used in my organizations AD domain. I know what the groups are and where to find them in the directory, but I don't know ...
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Can only ping hostname but not a domain

Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 What I can do: ping hostnameX Response: PING hostnameX.domain.local (10.0.0.1) nslookup hostnameX Response: Name: hostnameX.domain.local; Address: 10.0.0.1 Response coming ...