Addressing Windows Server 2003 Migration Uncertainty

In 2003, I was a strapping 14 year old entering the 9th grade. The original XBOX was just catching its stride. Camera phones we’re quickly becoming popular. Windows Server 2003 was introduced by Microsoft. On July 14, 2015, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003. There are some very serious consequences if you’re not started…


Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure Active Directory Connect

Hello Folks, A while back we covered using the Active directory Sync Tool. That tool as now been updated and is now called Azure Active Directory Connect. In this post we will cover installing Azure AD Connect that became Generally Available on June 24, 2015, but you can do a straight upgrade of your environment…


Step-By-Step: Changing The UPN Suffix For An Entire Domain Via PowerShell

Some organizations require the use of multiple UPN suffixes for their operations. From time to time, these same organizations will have the requirement to do mass a UPN suffix change. I recently faced said challenge while changing the domain name suffix which ended with .local to a public domain name ending with .com. This needed…


20 Helpful Steps Migrating Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

Windows Server 2003 support ends July 14th 2015. While you’ve probably heard this a multitude of times, the severity of support no longer being offered by Microsoft for this aging server offering could be detrimental security wise to the organization you support. The following are 25 steps that I have been walking our customers through…


Step-By-Step: Allowing or Preventing Domain Users From Joining Workstations to the Domain

By default, an Active Directory domain environment allows any authenticated domain user the ability to add workstations to said domain 10 times. With that being said, there may come a time and organization may require to increase or decrease this limit.  An example of this would be an authenticated user bringing their personal Surface Pro…


Protecting Active Directory Objects From Accidental Deletion

IT professionals sometimes worry when enabling Domain Administration or other Active Directory privileges to designated local administrators. Accidents can and will happen. One of the more common accidents is the deletion of objects and/or profiles in Active Directory.  The Windows Server 2012 R2 implementation of Active Directory provides a solution to protect sensitive items in…


Step-By-Step: Further Detail In Setting Up DirectAccess

Now that you have successfully complete installation of DirectAccess Client services, lets go into further detail regarding the configuration process. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess are enabled via a solution accelerator called a DCA ( DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant). The DCA is installed on direct access client computers and helps to troubleshoot…


Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection drop. This feature is works based on IPsec and…


Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\folder path.  This provides an easier opportunity to move the…


Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active Directory database after the migration…