Printing results from an Active Directory Administrative Center query

Recently a question was asked on the blog regarding printing queries from Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC).  There is no native functionality for printing queries performed in ADAC, but there is a workaround. 1.  Open ADAC and create a query:   2.  Convert the query to LDAP:   3.  Open the Active Directory module for…


The Hyper-V and the virtual floppy shuffle

One of the favorite ice breakers for computer geek get-together is to talk about your first computer. Hey, I still remember the TRS 80 (who people in the know call it the Trash80). If you liked something and you are proud of it and still refer to it as trash, well… So, I am usually…

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ADCS FAQ or AD CS FAQ?

I was recently alerted to the situation that not all of our Microsoft customers have adjusted their language based on the new branding of Active Directory to include more than just Active Directory Domain Services. For example, people might just be searching for Certificate Services, when we now call it internally Active Directory Certificate Services….

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Updates just posted to Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) documentation

A few updates were just posted, so I am putting out an FYI post. I should do this more often, so I will! Anyways, here goes: 1. Slowly, but surely, the AD CS documentation is being consolidated into a single download center page: Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=212919. Further, you can actually go…

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Finding the RIDs in your domain video

Here is a video I shot a while back that demonstrates how to use ADSI Edit to find the number of RIDs remaining in your domain. However, you can do this more quickly by running the following command: dcdiag /test:ridmanager /v | find /i "available RID" How to find the RIDs left in your domain…

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Forest schema version 47: Windows Server 2008 R2 Adprep /forestprep

When you run adprep /forestprep, you are updating the Active Directory schema forest version. Several people have asked, what is the forest schema version for Windows Server 2008 R2. To learn more about adprep and forestprep and schema versions, read Running Adprep.exe (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd464018.aspx). If you run adprep /forestprep for Windows Server 2008 R2, confirm that…

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A delegation for this DNS server cannot be created because the authoritative parent zone cannot be found or it does not run Windows DNS server.

A common warning message for anyone who has installed Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 or Windows 2008 R2, especially on the first domain controller in a forest or domain is: A delegation for this DNS server cannot be created because the authoritative parent zone cannot be found or it does not run Windows DNS…

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Important Security Update that affects sample pages in AD CS

An important security update, described in MS11-051 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=217101) was released today. The update fixes a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the sample web enrollment ASP pages that are part of Active Directory Certificate Services Web Enrollment in Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Important: Back up any sample web enrollment sample…

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Typo in the mnemonic of DCLocator DNS Record in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Branch Office Guide

There is a typo in the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Branch Office Guide that has affected some customers. The typo appears in the section of the guide that explains the mnemonics of DC Locator DNS Records that should not be registered by the DCs in branch offices. Specifically, this section: “The domain controllers of…


Incompatibilities with CNG or V3 templates

If you have heard of Certificates Next Generation (silly name, I know), which is why people call them V3 templates at Microsoft most of the time, then you might wonder or already know that there could be some compatibility issues – the same is true for all “new” things. Just like my new office power…

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