My Notes On Setting Up ADFS 2016 Extranet Smart Lockout

Here are some of the things I have found while setting up Extranet Smart Lockout on ADFS 2016.  For the most part everything is very straight forward. This blog is my notes about configuring this and is not meant to be a replacement for the actual instructions: Description of the Extranet Smart Lockout feature in…

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Windows 2016 Domain Controllers – Nothing stopping you now!!!

One of the biggest roadblocks environments have moving to Windows 2016 Domain Controllers has finally been removed!!!! This is great news for me, hopefully it is for you.  Read the article Released: June 2018 Quarterly Exchange Updates Support for Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 22 and later…

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Part 1: Install Windows Admin Center as a Designated Gateway on Windows Server Core

  Updated 6/5 to include a web server cert. At time of this entry the version of Windows Admin Center that was installed is 1804.25.  I’m going to attempt to cover multiple topics being asked around Windows Admin Center, This one will cover How to Install on Windows Server Core 2016 and how to add…

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Active Directory PowerShell Script to Report on Users with SPNs

  A peer of mine Chris Nadler, reached out and said “Hey we really don’t have any good ways to scan for a particular type of account in Active Directory that could be a prime target for malicious activity what do you think this would take.”  So here it is, this script goes out and…

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Quick Tip: Windows Server Core Start PowerShell

  When logging into a Windows Server Core machine, I was dealing with some frustration due to not being able to do other admin task while the default cmd prompt was in use.  To get past this use the default or initial command prompt similar to how you would use the start menu in the…

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AD PowerShell Tip: How to Find Unused Organizational Units in Active Directory

  This is a quick tip I recently discovered and wanted to share.  The Active Directory PowerShell Module also displays constructed attributes in results.  One useful attribute I use for Organizational Units (OU) is msDS-Approx-Immed-Subordinates, this attribute returns the number of direct descendants under any OU or container in Active Directory. Its doesn’t seem to…

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I have Azure AD, now what?

  One common question I see is what should be the first thing I do after I set up Azure AD?  Luckily for you the Product Group has provided a nice article that covers that topic.  Please do this first and get your peers on board.  Most customers set up Azure AD, set up syncing…

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