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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Lync server 2010 Active Directory Preparation with a Windows Server 2003 DC

I'm trying to install Lync server 2010 but i'm stuck for a while now with the "Active Directory Preparation" part of the Lync server 2010 installation. The "Prepare Schema" fails with the following ...
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How to get Linux users list from LDAP

We've just linked one of our Linux host to LDAP and ActiveDirectory. Now I'm trying to check how I get list of users and their details from within the Linux side.
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Black screen when logging in to AD enabled computer

Network drives not working Icons on desktop not showing properly (broken icons) Slow start up time with "black screen" for longer period of time I got two users with this issue, any idea what might ...
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How to run the “runas” command without writing the password

I need to run the "runas" command for log on automatically an Application User, on an Active Directory. Then I need run an executable file. Can I do this in some way or work around to do not type the ...
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Using net localgroup to add a domain security group to the Power Users local group

For some reason, I am getting a syntax error when I try the following: net localgroup "power users" "mydomain\Cisco Call Center Agents" /add Howerver, the following works perfectly: net localgroup ...
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Connecting clients to Active Directory Server

I have a computer in my basement with Windows Server 2008 R2. I have set up my DNS name as forlenza.local and installed the Active Directory service on it, but when I try to join any client PC to the ...
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Do I really need to reboot for AD changes to be applied?

Every time I request a permission change the IT group at my company instructs me to wait 20 minutes and reboot the computer. I cannot believe that in this day and age you still need to reboot the ...
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How to deploy an Excel/Word Add-In in a Company?

I've an Excel and a Word Add-In and want to deploy them for a whole company. They are working with Windows Serer 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Office 2010. The network is managed with Active Directory. The ...
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Create “homework only” account on Windows

Like most kids, my kids love computers, and if I let them, they'd camp out on it every waking hour Facebooking and playing video games. So we have an app that limits their time each day (trying to ...
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How can I find out the password complexity policy?

A user tries to change his/her password in a Windows domain and it's not accepted: The password supplied does not meet the minimum complexity requirements How can an end-user find out what the ...
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Biometrics in Active Directory

Is it possible to implement Biometrics as a form of login with Active Directory in a Windows Server 2008 R2 set-up with Win7 clients? I.e. a user roams freely among computers on the domain and simply ...
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How to join an Active Directory with a Linux machine

How can I join an Active Directory domain with a Linux machine? Will it work with Ubuntu, Redhat, CentOS? Are there any with which it will not work?
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Windows 7 Domain users temporary profiles on netbooks

I have a bunch of users on a Windows 2008 Active Directory domain who are getting temporary profiles when logging on through netbook computers. When they log in to a desktop computer their profiles ...
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Can I create user shortcut in active directory

In fact I want to create shortcut for existing user for example I have two OUs name 1 and 2 inside OU 1 there is user1 and I want create shortcut for user1 inside OU 2? another meaning I want user1 to ...
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How can I see if a user deleted a folder in a shared resource using AD?

Is there any way to see if a user deleted a folder in a shared resource (we have Active Directory)? I need to see if someone is removing folders or if they do actually "magically disappear".
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How can I make domain admins become admins on the computers connected to the domain?

The administrators aren't admins on the computers that we connect to the domain so we have to login with a local admin and upgrade peoples accounts manually. How can we make the local accounts match ...
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GPO settings to allow domain computer to use Windows Update from Internet

I have a demo domain that I built and joined a Win 7 machine to. I would like the Win 7 machine to use windows update straight from Microsoft, not from the domain. However at the moment I am unable to ...
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Altering permission to prevent editing of a file in Windows

We have a proprietary Windows financial program that exports a text file periodically. This file is extracted to a Windows directory by creating a series of temporary files & finally after ...
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Is it possible to edit Active Directory membership manually?

Are there a combination of registry entries that a person could modify in order to modify the domain membership?
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authenticating linux client with active directory

I am attempting to setup a linux client to authenticate with active directory. I tried following this article, but have had no luck authenticating: ...
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Unexpected DNS entries returned

I'm having been getting a weird DNS response recently. If I ping any unresolved DNS (without tld, I.e. abc instead of abc.com), it will return the IP 72.167.34.97. If I would do it in the browser, it ...
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Querying against Active Directory

I'm the "script guy" at my work, which is a blessing and a curse... I've been tasked with generating a script of: Can you create a script to pull all users that have a proxy address that is not ...
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Excel Data Connection to Active Directory

I want to create a data connection in Excel 2007 that pulls the result of an Active Directory query into a sheet in my workbook. I see that I can do this with VBA: ...
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Network printer connection issues with different subnet on Win 7 Pro?

So we have a mixed node set on our network with Win XP Pro, Win 7 Pro, Ubuntu 11.04, Win 2k3 Server Std, etc all within in an Active Directory Environment. We also have network printers that are ...
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What to do if you want the Active Directory MMC plugin to be available?

I don't understand or think that much about active directory. Right now I am just wondering how the following icon comes up on my desktop. What needs to be installed on my machine to get it. More ...
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How to install ADAM on Windows 7

How do I install ADAM/LDS on a machine running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit? I have found guides for Vista but they require you to have a second computer running xp to install it first. When I run the ...
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How can I tell which Domain controller I'm authenticated to?

How can I tell which Domain controller I'm authenticated to? Is there a way to do this without local admin?
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Virtual PC changing user

I have Windows Virtual PC running XP Mode. On a current local user <Mark> I have put the PC on a domain <mydomain>. Virtual PC works but I struggle to get the image I have working on the ...
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Can Exchange email password be set different from AD password? [closed]

I have to access my Exchange email via POP and Outlook. From what I know it is really easy to recover passwords used by Outlook accounts - there are dozens of utilities for that. If my email password ...
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LDAP query via IE search (provider)?

I want to query our domain controller via LDAP for some user data like telephone number or mail address. Of course I can to this with different methods, but I would like to do this with a query in the ...
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List ACL with ACE in the proof in POWERSHELL?

I can list acl from an OU with Get-ACl cmdlet but I need to see the permission entries like we can see in : OU properties -> Security Tab -> Advanced -> View with Active Directory Users and Computers ...
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Safari causes our Active Directory accounts to be locked?

I work for a giant corporation who, as typical with giant corporations, has rather lackluster desktop IT support. We run Windows XP on our machines. Our small dev group requires that we have Safari ...
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Add a local user to an AD group in Linux

I have a bunch of batch applications that must run with a local linux user "batchjobs". Our team have AD users (eg: "COMPANY/user") to login to that machine. If we need to change current production ...
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Adding and removing machine from domain, whats happening?

I am curious if anybody could breakdown the story of what happens if you were to deploy an image to a machine by some method, add it to domain, and then format the drive and deploy an image again, and ...
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Cannot access network server via hostname, can with IP

I search and browsed through the first 10 pages of SU but cannot find a solution. So I am reposting. Hope it is fine. I have a Win2k3 AD server which also shares some folders on the network at ...
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How can I use an LDAP server to authenticate laptop users?

I'm in the process of purchasing a dozen (or so) laptops for our volunteer-led organisation to use for training purposes. We already use an LDAP server to authenticate access to the wiki, the forum ...
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Deploying Windows Service through group policy fails with Event ID 102

I'm trying to deploy a custom Windows Service (written in C#; installed through a VS setup project) using a group policy. To help debug this, I also have two additional MSIs in the same policy. All ...
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How do you determine if your domain isn't AD or ADAM?

I'm trying to get some authentication stuff set up in ASP MVC, but keep getting thrown errors about how it doesn't support anything but Active Directory (AD) and Active Directory Application Mode ...
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Grant permission for specific other AD users to unlock/log out user from PC

What I'm looking to do is permission a Windows PC (ideally XP but if a later OS version is required so be it) so that a select group of users can unlock the machine, logging the current user out. This ...
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What''s the optimal method to extract a list of users and their information from Active Directory?

I have a need to sync Active Directory information with another system. I need to pull out a list of AD users, and all their info (first name, last name, email -- anything stored with their record in ...
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Using powershell to manage Active Directory running on Windows Server 2003?

I would like to create a script that can use the ActiveDirectory module in powershell (from a remote machine). From what I understand I need to have Active Directory Web Services (ADWS) installed for ...
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Why shouldn't I use spaces in Lotus Notes user group names?

My company uses Lotus Notes and Active directory. Our Lotus Notes groups used to have spaces in them. Recently, our IS department has switched to using underscores instead of spaces in the group ...
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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager without Active Directory

In our work network, we are not using Active Directory. We have Microsoft Action Pack, and a copy of System Center Essentials came with the Action Pack. I attempted to install it to use Virtual ...
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Multilevel access control in Active Directory…?

I'm trying to solve a problem. The tool i'm trying to use is Active Directory, but i'm not sure if it is the right tool for the job. Let me try to explain... I have an application(a website) under ...
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Office 2007 Standard MSI Active Directory Group Policy install not using MSP admin file

We are trying to install Office 2007 Standard on XP machines using Group Policy. The machines already have 2003 installed on them (part of the image). I created an MSP file by running setup /admin. ...
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Outlook forgets active directory authentication for RSS feeds

I am using Outlook 2010 to subscribe to some RSS feeds which require authentication using my Active Directory account. This works fine for a day or two but then Outlook forgets the authentication ...
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New active directory users cannot login from client

First a summary of the setup Server side Installed Windows Server 2003 Enterprise edition using disc 1 ran dcpromo and created a domain ( this is the only server in the network ) ran adprep ...
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Windows Domain laptops working offline

We have several laptops and many more users. On a field job there will be one person with a laptop set up to his domain account. The other people will have to use that laptop if they require access to ...
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Can I check what policies are being applied to a particular security group in ADUC?

I've been given the task to clean up ADUC/Group Policy. Quite daunting due to the perplexing manner it was all put together. It appears to have been put together with a "try this, didn't work, don't ...
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Fast User Switch Compatibility service missing in windows 7 prof. (domain member)

My workstation with Windows7 professional is a member of a domain. I have local administator priviledges, and a separate account with standard privileges as every other user in company. I need to ...