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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PASSWORD_NOTREQD How is this possible on User objects!!

  This is a fun one that some of my peers at Microsoft have covered in their blogs. I’ve been working to clean up Active Directory Objects in customer environments and noticed some behavior I didn’t know was possible or didn’t know how to duplicate.  In this case when new users are being created they…

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