Everything you need to get started with Group Policy

My last post on getting started with Active Directory was so popular that I thought I would do one for getting started with Group Policy.  Once again this link list will satisfy everyone from beginner to advanced.  I know there are many other third party resources and books, but I want to surface Microsoft white…

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How to find AD schema update history using PowerShell

This article is for all of the IT Pros who have inherited an Active Directory environment which they did not build.  Today’s post offers some simple scripts to document the history of schema updates.  This is particularly handy when it comes time to extend the schema for a domain upgrade or Exchange implementation.  Now you…

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Everything you need to get started with Active Directory

As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer I frequently get asked for more information on Active Directory topics.  Most of the time I end up passing along one or more of the links in today's post.  I finally decided to put these all in one place for quick reference.  This list will be extremely valuable for…

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PowerShell Module for Working With AD SID History

This weekend I’ll be celebrating Christmas in the US.  Today Santa brought me a 1500VA 865W UPS for my home lab server.  Now I don’t have to worry about those winter power hiccups rebooting all of my HyperV guests.  Best of all the scripting elves will be able to write presents without interruption. So in…

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How To Remove SID History With PowerShell

Update:  To see all articles in this series click here.   In the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow.  No matter where you are in the world let us all give thanks for PowerShell.  If Windows were the pumpkin pie, then PowerShell would be the whipped cream on top.  If Active Directory were the turkey,…

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PowerShell: SID Walker, Texas Ranger (Part 3): Exporting Domain SIDs and Trusts

This post is part three in a series on documenting and remediating SID history in your AD forest.  Go back and read part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t had a chance yet.  In today’s episode we will document the domain SIDs so we know from where this latent access originates. Rosetta Stone Many…

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PowerShell v3 preview download available

Here is your chance to preview the next release of PowerShell and offer feedback before it gets baked for release.  As with any dogfood software don’t put it on your primary machine. Announcement here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2011/09/20/windows-management-framework-3-0-community-technology-preview-ctp-1-available-for-download.aspx Download here:  Windows Management Framework 3.0 – Community Technology Preview (CTP) #1 Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP1 makes some updated…

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PowerShell: SID Walker, Texas Ranger (Part 2)

More bad Chuck Norris one liners: You don’t get access unless Chuck Norris says you get access. The Chuck Norris array starts and ends on 1, because Chuck Norris is never a zero. Chuck Norris’ PowerShell console NEVER shows red text. This is part two in a series on translating SIDs in ACLs.  Start by…

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COPUG – Central Ohio PowerShell User Group – September 29 – Special guest Matt Hester

Join us on September 29th as we welcome Matt Hester.  About Matt: Microsoft Senior IT Pro Evangelist for the Heartland District TechNet Blog Co-host of the Talk TechNet show Co-author of Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 Meeting Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 18:30 – 20:00 Location: Platform Lab 1275 Kinnear…

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PowerShell: SID Walker, Texas Ranger (Part 1)

SID Walker First things first: If Chuck Norris wrote a PowerShell script it would be a one-liner, because Chuck Norris can do anything in one strike. Chuck Norris does not have SID history, because there is only one Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris’ ACL only has one ACE: Chuck Norris – Full Control. Do you remember…

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