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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How can I add a computer to a local AD?

I have AD running on a box in my network, its setup with foo.local AD (locally). Im now trying to add another computer (running win7 ult) but when I try to add the computer to domain it shows an error ...
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How can I tell if an active directory group is a security or distribution group?

I need to check if an active directory group is a security or distribution group. As somebody who doesn't know much about active directory - how do I go about doing this?
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How to force a virtual machine to uncache windows domain credentials

I have a Windows 8 host (latest patches) in an AD domain. a windows 7 (latest patches) virtualbox VM also within the the same domain The issue is that I've been through 2 password change cycles ...
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Cannot Find A Group Policy That I'd Like To Disable

There's an Active Directory group policy specific to Google Chrome in place to enforce: startup URLs blocking auto-updating (locking to a particular version) This policy writes entries to ...
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Disable USB mass storage via group policy based on the time of day?

I would like to disable USB mass storage for a group of users during specific hours of the day (lets say, 9AM to 5PM). I know that with Windows Server 2008, there is a group policy that will disable ...
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How to control replication?

I want to disable replication of the user's first name attribute. That is Whenever I change its value, it should not be replicated. How can I do that?
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find number of groups assigned to a user

Is there a way to find the number of groups assigned to a user in linux? as of right now i have: foo : foo bar apple users An app I use may have given a user a group of "apple users" but I cant ...
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Active Directory - Unlock Timer

If a user types in the wrong password 3 times and manages to lock themselves out of their account, how long by default does that user need to wait before they can try again? Can an admin change the ...
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Will nslookup work without configuring reverse lookup?

I have empty reverse lookup entries in my active directory DNS server. But nslookup is working fine even if i give "*nslookup ip_address*". How can it resolve the ip_address to Some FQN without ...
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I don't understand groups and permissions in Active Directory

I'm playing with permissions and noticed the following situation I don't understand. The PC PC-EXAMPLE is a part of a domain, let's say DOMAIN (domain.com) and the currently logged on user is ...
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Password Expiration in active directory

In the domain of our organisation there is a server, which has "password max age" enabled, which forces the users to regulary change their passswords. The Server seems to cache the old passwords, so ...
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Query Members of an Active Directory Group

So in active directory, there is a group called WebSiteUsers that is being used to permit access to a folder I am hosting via IIS. I was wondering (using DSQuery, ADFind or any freely available ...
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Does Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) require Active Directory (AD) to run?

Can I set up a VDI with 1 server and many thin clients without setting up Active Directory with a domain controller? I want to make the thin client setup as easy as possible, i.e. get any Windows PC ...
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Where does MSAD LDAP store the credentials used to authenticate users?

I can browse the user details of an existing LDAP directory using a bind DN and bind password. I cannot find any entry storing the users password. Is it possible that password attributes are hidden ...
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Binding Outlook to Active Directory users [closed]

I currently have a small business network set up. Running SBS 2011, and Windows 7. I apologize for my minimal knowledge of the subject, but I am looking for a way to have Outlook connected to each ...
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Running Network-Reliant Processes on Startup

I'm in charge of deploying and modifying a bit of in-house software that is meant to run on end-user workstations, which run either Windows 7 or XP SP3. The goal is to maximize the amount of time the ...
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How to PreStore Active Directory Profiles

As commonly known, on a Windows computer connected to a domain, when a user logs into a workstation their profile is stored on the local machine in case connectivity to all domain controllers is lost ...
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Local System Restricted via GPO in Microsoft OS

If there is a way, to deny local-system on a client machine to stop services with GPO?. The client is in a domain. Example, making a anti-virus service that can't be disabled by local-system. I ...
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How do I change the username and the userprofile path of a domain user?

I have run into an issue with a piece of software we are using where users with a single quote ' in their name is causing the application to crash. I contacted support for the application and they ...
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Configuration of mod_authnz_ldap to work with Active Directory

Please help to find a good tutorial / step by step instructions how to configure mod_authnz_ldap to work with Active Directory (I use Apache 2.2). Apache provides good documentation, but I want to ...
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Windows 7 user profile resetted at each login

After uninstalling and reinstalling a (buggy) software I'm working on, the following has happened: When I rebooted and logged in the first time, the whole of my Users folder was wiped out: ...
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Find out my bind DN in a Windows network

I am in a windows network and want to use Linux' LDAP search. For this I need to find out my DN. I am already logged in on a Windows computer using Outlook to the exchange server and this one seems ...
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X-Terminals don't show UTF-8 character correctly when using Likewise-Open authentification

I have this really weird problem with X terminal emulators. I want to use UTF-8 and it works everywhere else in my system, but not in graphical terminals. When I start e.g. Urxvt and press öäå-keys it ...
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If I virtualise my work laptop can I use both the virtualised and physical instances [closed]

I'm quite keen to virtualise my work laptop so that I can leave my work device in my bag when I get home and fire up my much nicer and more powerful home PC to continue my work. I know this isn't a ...
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Active Directory : Two accounts same password [closed]

Is there a way to have the same password for two accounts. (Not familiar with AD terms so i m not sure if i use the correct terms). Thank you
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Is it possible to change the SID of a local user account manually?

Let's say for argument's sake I wish to change the SID of a Windows local user account to one that appears on some hypothetical Active Directory domain. Is that possible? If so, how? P.S. I don't ...
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Gitorious can not connect to Active Directory (authentication.yml)

I have set up Gitorious. With the local database, everything worked fine. All my log and configurationfiles are included. The problem is when I want to visit gitorious.localdomain when I have ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 - How to change login screen to allow login to active directory domain

So, I have an Ubuntu 12.10 machine that has been joined to an active directory domain. However, when the machine turns on and I am presented with a login screen, I cant just type DOMAIN\user. All ...
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Non-domain computer authenticating on a domain computer to use SMB/CIFS shares

Long story short: One of my home servers has a share called "Profiles", in which everyone here has their own folder (of which they can only access) they can use to sync or backup their Windows profile ...
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Why add computers to Active directory domain?

I have been playing around with windows server and Active directory for quite some time. One can simply add a new user in AD and then add the client to the domain. this will create a domain account ...
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Can Windows 7 Home run active directory

I'm working on an asp.net website that uses active directory authentication on login. Until now, I've been developing this site via a machine at work, which has active directory setup, but I now need ...
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The authentication mechanism is unknown

I'm attempting to authorize access to a third party program by checking their credentials against Active Directory using NTLM. This solution has been working for a long time - as it a rolled out ...
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Mac client on AD domain - individual folder redirection

I'm trying to configure a home network with Windows 2008R2 and Windows 7 / Mac Mountain Lion clients. I have a separate NAS drive, which I want to host all home folders as well as a central store of ...
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Add Windows 7 to local domain [duplicate]

I just setup a domain called foo.local. It is running on an internal network that is being NATed out. The domain controller is running with a static IP address. How do I get a windows 7 computer to ...
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Re-joining a computer to domain

I have a problem with a Windows 7 PC that had been a member of the domain. When I try to logon to this PC with domain credentials I get a message similar to The trust relationship between this ...
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How to show windows 7 boot screen through active directory

I am experiencing "temporary user profile" errors" on my corporate, "Windows 7 Professional" laptop. Instead of my regular home screen, it shows up as a "black screen". After logging on through ...
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Backing up Windows 7 Active Directory configuration

I have some computers linked to company X's Active Directory within my company. How do I backup the AD configuration on Windows 7 so that I can reformat the drives and restore the AD configuration ...
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What ActiveX controls does gmail use in IE9?

Gmail says that ActiveX controls needs to be enabled, whenever I go there using IE9. ActiveX is enabled, but only for approved plugins, and I'm wondering if it's worth approving whatever it needs, or ...
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Logon failure trying to print using Samba

I'm trying to set up a CUPS print server on a Knoppix system for use by Windows clients in an Active Directory domain. So far, I've had success with printing over IPP. Now I want to explore the ...
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Shortcut - Add to DL

I commonly have to add people to a Distribution List using Outlook 2010. This involves 5 or 6 steps, including having to search for the DL then clicking a few buttons. Is there a shortcut I can ...
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Restrict Internet with Active Directory?

What's the best way (with Active Directory or Group Policy) to restrict Internet Access to computers or users, and avoid them to change that settings without an admin password? Cheers
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Mac roaming profile on a Windows 2008 domain

Have been pointed here by the guys at ServerFault - hoping this is the right forum (it seems to fit in with the guidelines). I'm setting up a home network with Windows 2008 R2 server. I've configured ...
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finding turned on computers in active directory

How can I check which computers are turned on at the moment and are logged in to my active directory? Or which users are currently logged to AD? I'm using windows 2003
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Customize the WinXP/7 logon screen behaviors

How customizable is the Windows XP/7 logon screen via group policy? For example, can I do any of the following: Display a custom error message on logon failure? Popup a custom app that launches ...
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Active Directory 2008 R2, c#

I am using C# and trying to check if a group exists or not in active directory I am doing this string cmd = "New-Object DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry \"LDAP://cn=" + groupname + " " + LdapDef + ...
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Does a Linux based openLDAP server have an _ldap._tcp DNS service record?

I know that you can query the _ldap._tcp. for an AD service and it will return the hosts which are the LDAP servers. Does the same thing work on Linux? If it is not the default, how do you turn it ...
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Will upgrading a machine from Windows 7 Pro to 8 Pro remove it from a domain?

I have a laptop running Windows 7 pro SP1 x64. It is on the domain at work. If I do an in-place upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, will the resulting OS still be on the domain?
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Why does my Windows login screen display another username?

On my company's computer at work, I found another person's username on my login dialog for Exchange. I examined the security logs and found no traces of remote or local access. No one uses this ...
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Centrally manage Windows 7 computers without Active Directory

I manage three Windows PCs at home using the principle of least privilege. This means that practically every other day when a new version of Java is released, I have to manually install the update ...
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Is there a view to list down the users of Security Group

I am using Windows XP joined to a domain. I have a security group for which I am the owner. How can I view the members of the security group from a client computer such as Windows XP?