Producing a list of multivalued linked attributes

Active Directory objects can have several different types of attributes. The two basic types are single valued and multivalued. The most frequently asked question regarding attributes that I have seen is that regarding the member attribute because it comes into play when discussing the maximum number of members (users) you can have in a group….


Alternate Credentials

Launching Tools Using Alternate Credentials from a Command Prompt Window One of the easiest ways to launch tools using alternate credentials is to first launch a Command Prompt with the credentials you want to use. Once the Command Prompt is launched using the alternate credentials, all subsequent commands and tools run from that Command Prompt…


Introducing Active Directory Administrative Center

Active Directory Administrative Center provides network administrators with an enhanced Active Directory data management experience and a rich graphical user interface (GUI). Administrators can use Active Directory Administrative Center to perform common Active Directory object management tasks (such as user, computer, group, and organization units management) through both data-driven and task-oriented navigation. Administrators can use the enhanced Active Directory Administrative…


Introducing AD DS Best Practices Analyzer

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool that can help you implement best practices in the configuration of your Active Directory environment. AD DS BPA scans the AD DS server role as it is installed on your Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers, and it reports best practice violations. You can filter or…


Introducing Active Directory Recycle Bin

Accidental deletion of Active Directory objects is a common occurrence for users of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). In Windows Server 2008 Active Directory domains, you could recover accidentally deleted objects from backups of AD DS that were taken by Windows Server Backup. Or you could recover deleted Active Directory objects through tombstone reanimation. The drawback to the…


Active Directory PowerShell

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta, we are proud to announce the Active Directory Module for Window PowerShell.   The Active Directory module is a command line scripting language that network administrators can use to manage their Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Services (AD DS, formerly known as ADAM) instances…