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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Task Scheduler program writes to literal folder named %LOCALAPPDATA%

I have a .NET executable (that I created) which uses Microsoft's Active Directory Service Interfaces (via System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement) to do LDAP queries. Internally to ADSI, it ...
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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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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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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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Use Office 365 account to login to Windows 10

Windows 10 has a new feature where you should be able to use our Office 365 Active Directory account to login. This is the feature: ...
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How to disable content view in windows explorer

Im trying to find a way to disable content view in windows explorer on windows 7 clients. I found this: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Working around Active Directory's dynamic port range

I have a need to authenticate users against Active Directory (which uses dynamic ports), but the networking group within the organization will not allow us to open up such a large range of ports. I ...
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What goes on when using kinit with a keytab file

Wish to get more understanding on the use of kinit and keytab file. For example, if I already have a keytab file generated for a service ( the service registered to active directory by ktpass -mapuser ...
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Issues accessing file shares of certain servers across site to site VPN

We recently had a problem crop up with one of our remote facilities, i'm not a system admin, and we are currently without one, but I will try to explain the best I can. Employees at the remote site ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8 keeps prompting to change expired password

I am a volunteer doing tech support for a local school. One of the teachers tried to log in today and got a message that his password had expired and must be changed. That's expected, since our ...
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Active Directory - Trust Relationship Error

Early in the morning, I have a computer which consistently can't be logged in to. When I try to login, I get the following error message: The trust relationship between this workstation and the ...
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Windows Azure Directory Sync Generic Failure

Ok so I have a domain that I want to sync to Office365 but when I start the Windows Azure Active Directory Sync tool Configuration Wizard I get an error with the following details: ...
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Active Directory Auto Logoff Timer

I'm experimenting with an Active Directory Domain at home (Win Server 2012 Domain Controller). After joining my Windows 8 Pro (x64) PC to my domain, I am getting automatically logged off after being ...
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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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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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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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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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Save search results

In the Directory Service Find dialog, I'm given the option to save my search, but not save the results. How can I save the results of the search? Would it be easier to copy the directory, if my ...
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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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AD user got lost - restore it, but not from backup

During installation of the new Exchange environment, the ActiveDirectory lost my user account (and only this one - weird). It was created again, nevertheless, everything is borked now: My PC lost all ...
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Virtualbox Linux guest to inherit host user db and/or LDAP

Is there a way for a Linux guest to inherit the user db/definition of the host and/or the LDAP user of the host? By user db, I meant the users' names and group membership as visible on the host. ...
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How to avoid using domain controller for DNS queries from web browsing

I'm trying to setup a Windows domain for a few PCs at home and work. Both Active Directory and DNS are on the same server but it is at US while I'm physically in Asia. In order to make the domain ...
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How can I set Password Never Expires for current users only in Active Directory

Hi I have several users in my Active Directory Users. However I can't go to each one and set Password never expires. So If possible how can I set this option for all current users only?
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Active directory: what policy modify to prevent this?

I have allowed my user to shutdown and enable the shutdown button on menu as described here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/816569 I give of course gpupdate,and no errors. But my desktop is ...
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Group Policy Object with Max Password Will Not Take Affect

We are having an odd issue with out AD. We have changed the password policy to be as follows: Enforce password history 5 passwords remembered Maximum password age 120 days Minimum password age 1 day ...
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How get OS X to view windows server links in outlook?

Currently my work uses Exchange and mapped active directory drives. That means when people link server files in outlook emails the file link looks something like SRV002/Administration/rules.docx ...
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AD Account with NOPWD_REQ

I found some AD accounts with the flag NOPWD_REQ. Does this mean these users can just authenticate by typing in their username without their password?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...