A Windows domain is a form of a computer network in which all user accounts, computers, printers and other security principals, are registered with a central database (called a directory service) located on one or on a cluster of central computers known as domain controllers.

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Refresh Domain Credentials Cache via command-line

Is there a way to refresh the cache a domain-computer keeps to store domain passwords? I have a PC that is infrequently on the network, and the occasion happens where I would like the manually update ...
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System Idle is at 99%, Physical memory at 40%: why so slow?

I have a Win 7 32-bit Pro machine joined to a domain on a 10/100 ethernet connection. At times this machine runs all sorts of slow. For example, it took it 20 seconds for a command prompt to pull ...
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Windows XP login at domain takes too long

I have a computer which is connected to network of my office. We have to login using our username and password with the office's domain name, which is shown when we click Options on the right side ...
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Likewise on Ubuntu - domain user sometimes disappears from Login Screen

I'm using Likewise to authenticate to a Windows Domain on a laptop running Ubuntu 10.04. Everything seems to be working well, except for one thing. Normally, after the machine boots, I am presented ...
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Why can't Windows home editions connect to domains?

The company that I work for continuously hires new people, and I'm the one who has to go and purchase new computers. The majority of them, if not all, come pre-installed with Windows Home editions. ...
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How am I able to check emails on outlook in my office windows machine without entering password

I have a basic question. At work, I log on to a domain from my work machine using a password. Then, once I am logged-in, I can read mails in outlook without having to enter any password. What I ...
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How do Windows domains work?

I saw that I can make PC_A an e.g. Windows Server 2008 a domain controller simply by running dcpromo After that, I can create a user e.g. George, which is a user in the domain of controller e.g ...
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change folder permissions from limited account having admin credentials

I have to assign full control to a specific folder to everyone. Until now I log on into domain with my admin account and I apply my changes. I'd like to know if it's possible using my credential to ...
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logging into domain - windows active directory - how it works

when we login into windows which is connected to a domain, we specify domain\userid (e.g. companya\usera) I believe the domain should resolve to the IP of the Active Directory ? What if the ...
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How to change profile folder name without rebuilding user profile from scratch?

A user at work recently got married and has requested for her domain username to be updated to reflect her married name. She uses a Windows 7 PC on a Windows 2003 domain. I know that I can simply ...
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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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Is it possible to log the commands/applications ran with command.com?

I have a laptop that I use at school, however as part of doing so, I had to allow them to make my laptop connect to their domain. However as a part of their IT acceptable use policy, during school ...
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Cannot log into laptop when remote “…cannot log you on now… domain… not available”

OS: XP sp3 Normally, when users in my office check out laptops, they connect the laptop to the network at their desk and log in using their credentials. Then, when they are out of the office and ...
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Can I restore my laptop to my company's domain after formatting?

Right now my laptop is using Windows XP Professional 32-bit, and I have a copy of Win7 Pro 32-bit that I want to install. I would prefer a clean install, as I do not need any of the software on my XP ...
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Is it possible to disable domain enforced screen saver?

My Win XP laptop has screensaver configuration enforced by a company wide domain settings. It turns on after 15 mins and locks the screen. This is very annoying when I want to watch a movie at home, ...
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Auto-registered dns record on windows server 2012

I have two server with two network interfaces, one linked to LAN network and the second connected together for cluster heartbeat. The second interface is not accessible from other mahcine but the ...
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Moving user directory after re-joining the domain with the least amount of pain on Windows 7

Unlike Windows XP, it's pretty easy to change a user's sub-directories in Windows 7 like Music and Documents. Go to their properties' location tab and move it elsewhere. I am looking for similar ...
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Why can't I share a folder on Vista?

On Windows Vista, I right-click on a folder, Properties, Sharing tab, and either "Advanced Sharing" or "Share"->"Share" causes an error: Windows File Sharing This program will not run Access is ...
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Change user without mapping a network drive?

Is it possible to switch user or 'connect as' without having to map a network drive? Lets say I'm logged into a machine as joe.bloggs under the domain WORK. I go to connect to a network resource, ...
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What changes made to a computer connected to a domain network can be detected by the system administrator? [closed]

My work PC (Windows 7 Enterprise) is connected to a domain network. I have the admin username and password so I can change all the settings. Obviously its behind a firewall or something. The network ...
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How to link Windows 10 domain user account to Microsoft account?

I've just installed build 10130 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on my desktop, and after joining my domain, I noticed that the usual option to link my domain user account to a Microsoft account ...
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How to turn Windows domain account to a local account

I asked the IT department in our company to remove me from our domain so that some restrictions aimed at all the users within the domain no longer apply to me. The problem is that when I restart my ...
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Is it possible to get the date of a user's last login to AD if the user was deleted?

After STTR's very good explanations on how to get the dates of last login of existing (including disabled) AD users and how to retrieve the list of deleted users, One question remains. Provided that ...
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What is the default logs storage time in AD domain controller server?

I do not have this with me to check, as I am not OS administrator. I suppose there is some default time set in Active Directory (AD) for logs storage. I am particularly interested in logs for user ...
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User/Group name validation in Group Security Policy

Why does GPO editor doesn't check validity of given username/groupname in 'Add User or Group' dialog box. It doesn't check if valid name was given when you apply in actual policy dialog box (For ...
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User Account Control Keeps Popping Up

I am signed into my laptop on a domain network. I keep having a User Account Control login pop up asking me if I want to allow Networksto make changes to this computer. This keeps popping up all of ...
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Why does Outlook 2010 keep forgetting my domain password?

Every few days, Outlook asks for my password, and I give it and check the "Remember me" box. After a few days - I should maybe not how many; if it's regular or ranmdom - it has forgotten me, and I ...
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Powershell pinned shortcut customisation

When right-clicking on the pinned Powershell item on my taskbar, it pop up with tasks. such as run as administrator. Is there a way to add run as accounts to this, looking to add the domain ...
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How to Get List/Reference Computers on a Domain, When My computer is Not a Part of that Domain

This is a question I posted on Stack Overflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15211175/how-to-get-list-reference-computers-on-a-domain-when-my-computer-is-not-a-part I'm looking to get a list ...
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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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Windows 7 Power User on Domain cant do file shares

At my organization we are running windows 7 and all of our users are power users and are not local admins on their machines. I am running into an issue were the Developers aren't able to create any ...
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Which computers am I logged into?

Hi I work in an office with many Windows computers in a Windows domain. I think my user account is logged into several of them, but I forget which ones. I'd like to log out. How can I list which ...
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Repeatedly getting “The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed”

This problem keeps occurring at random on domain network that I have set up.. This problem occurs only is I use windows 7(pro x64) and does not occur for XP(pro x86 and x64). Rejoining the client ...
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Remote Desktop Client Crashes following domain join

I recently joined my laptop to our windows domain and now the remote desktop client crashes when i try and connect to any machine. It works if I run as administrator but not ordinarily. The domain ...
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Windows 7 Enterprise not detecting 'Domain network' profile until NIC is reset (enabled/disabled) or cable is replugged

I have this office laptop running Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit, which will not detect the 'Domain network' profile after a full boot/reboot until I disable/enable the network adapter or that I ...
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Shall I prefer to log in as machine administrator or domain administrator when repairing stations?

Which security risks are involved when I routinely log in as domain administrator to do some repair on windows machines? Shall I prefer to log as machine administrator (local user)? Can a malware ...
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Joined a domain, no prompt for administrator login when elevated privileges are required

I have added a new computer to Windows domain, but when I try to do something, what requires elevated privileges, I just get a message to contact administrator, but no promt to enter administrator ...
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How to copy windows live mail settings to new profile

I've just set up a server as a Windows 2008 R2 domain controller and have configured my Windows 7 PC to be part of the domain. Now that I got a new user profile, how do I migrate settings like ...
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Unable to log into Windows XP Pro Domain Not Available

Trying to access an old laptop I have but at the windows login screen I attempt to log in and get the message "Unable to log in because <Domain Name> is unavailable". This laptop is not on a ...
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Windows Update on Vista running on a Domain

Does anybody know of a way to get the Windows Update to run for the domain account I login to the PC with, or a way to edit the registry to allow this to happen?
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Files transferring across PC when logging in

So I am looking at making my home PCs all linked to 1 server, I am doing this mainly as a project to better understand this sort of stuff, but one thing has always struck me as weird on how to do. ...
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Domain trust vs. Forest trust: What is to prefer and why?

Administering several active directories, I might be in the need of defining trust levels for them. I could do the following: Create a trust between two ADs. Create a trust between two forests, each ...
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How to Control Firefox Centrally under Windows?

I wonder whether Firefox can be controlled centrally within a Windows domain without using third party software such as PolicyPak. In particular I want to configure firefox centrally through a group ...
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Why can't domain Users map network drives?

I have a domain controller set up with some shared folders. I have multiple users with different levels of access to the shared folders. I tried to use the GPO to map the network drives and it didn't ...
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Can different person see different shared folder structure by file sharing services of Windows Server 2008 r2?

For example, I have a folder structure like bellow in Windows Server 2008 R2 server: ShareFolder SubFolder1 File1 SubFolder2 SSFolder1 File2 SSFolder2 ...
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Samba 4 Domain controller: authentication from windows client stopped working

I've set up a samba 4 domain controller, we have four Windows 7/8 clients in the domain. This setup worked for the past 6 months. Recently, I've not been able to log in with my credentials from two ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 - One Desktop, no matter the user

I'm looking to link many Windows Servers into a Windows Domain. If possible, i would like to set up users for each person with access. However when they RDP into a server, i want it to act like they ...
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dns domains, active directory domains and domain controller

I know these are big topics but i am just several questions i wish to clarify. q1) are dns internet domains and active directory domains referring to the same thing or are related ? Reason for ...
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PowerShell: Automatic Join-Domain with Secure String - 'Encryption Key' Usage

I work in an enterprise environment, where I manage a lab of 75 computers. I use Ghost to image and then I walk the computers afterwards to change the PC names and SIDs. I am implementing a script ...
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Update on Windows 10 cannot connect when behind domain proxy

My computer sits on a network and I think it has Microsoft Server 2012 on there. Without joining the domain; when I first browsed the internet it asked for my domain credentials. I added them in and ...