AD Magic Restore script published on codeplex

Alexandre Augagneur is an AD MVP who recently published a new script called AD Magic Restore. It uses dsamain.exe to expose an AD database file taken from a backup or a snapshot. It compares that database file with your production AD database and let's you restore any attributes. The attribute-level restore sets it apart from…


Updated tutorials about installing Active Directory domain controllers on an Azure virtual network

I recently updated a couple tutorials about installing domain controllers on Azure. The steps are simpler, and the topics are much shorter. I also removed a script that provisioned domain-joined member servers because it was no longer working. When I have that working again I will add it back. Or if any of you want…


Windows PowerShell script that helps you to find unregistered subnets by Alexandre Augagneur

DS-MVP Alexandre Augagneur has added a Windows PowerShell script to the TechNet Script Center Repository. This script can help you locate IP v4 subnets that you may want to add as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) sites. The script, called Collect-MissingADSubnets, helps you to review client logon attempts from the domain controllers where no matching…


Auditing Active Directory Subnets

Directory Services MVP Alexandre  Augagneur posted a script for Auditing Active Directory Subnets to the Microsoft Gallery. The script is able to audit IPv4 and IPv6 subnets. Thank you for your community contribution, Alexadre!


Active Directory Maximum Limits and Scalability topic updated

The Active Directory Maximum Limits and Scalability topic has been recently updated to reflect improvements in Windows Server 2012 to the number of RIDs that can be allocated over the lifetime of a domain. Another update was made to the section about maximum number of objects to reflect garbage collection batch size, which is 5000….


Windows Azure AD Windows PowerShell vanity URL created

I have created this URL for Windows Azure AD cmdlets https://aka.ms/aadposh Some people might be searching for them under the name: AAD PowerShell or WAAD PowerShell, but those are not official titles or names. Other URLs created: Windows Azure Active Directory Community Information Center https://aka.ms/aadcommunity Windows Azure Active Directory FAQ https://aka.ms/aadfaq Windows Azure Active Directory TechNet…


Adprep in Windows Server 2012

We recently published TechNet topics about Adprep.exefor Windows Server 2012. Adprep has many changes for this release: Adprep runs automatically as needed as part ofAD DS installation. For example, if you are installing AD DS on a serverthat runs Windows Server 2012 in a forest where all existing domain controllersrun a previous version of Windows Server,…


After installing the AD DS server role on Windows Server 2012, where is the option to configure the DC?

Some users have run into this problem in Windows Server 2012 when they try to install a domain controller using Server Manager. They start the Add Server Roles Wizard in Server Manager and run through the steps to install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and when they get to this page, they click Close….


Active Directory Replication over Firewalls posted on TechNet Wiki

A couple years back, we posted on TechNet Wiki an older article that was originally published on the TechNet Library by Steve Riley, when he worked at Microsoft. The article is Active Directory Replication over Firewalls. Since publishing it on TechNet Wiki, this article has been updated many times by different members of the community. The…