GPMC slow to start? GPO reports failing? You may be missing an index.

See if you recognize this: You have lots of OUs in the domain. At least a couple of thousand. Group Policy Management (GPMC) is slow to start. It may take 10 seconds or more, and in extreme cases fails to load at all. Editing a GPO works just fine. Generating a GPO report or executing a GPO backup…

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LDAP query prettifier

For some reason I have spent a lot of time looking at LDAP queries in the last few weeks. The simple queries are easy to “decode” but for the more complex ones you really need to format them properly to follow the flow. I wrote a little PowerShell script to do that, and I don’t…

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How admins can cheat at changing their password

Here is a little known trick that you can do if you have AD permissions to manage your own account: when you are prompted to change your password when its age has expired, do this: Start AD Users & Computers, and find your account. Open the Accounts tab, check the box next to “User must…

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