3 Steps to Get Control of Your Local Admin Account Passwords

Mar. 20, 2017 by

A few years ago, Microsoft removed the ability to store passwords in Group Policy Objects using the cPassword method that Active Directory domain administrators had been using for over a

Troubleshooting a Recurring Account Lockout

Aug. 25, 2015 by

If you haven’t had to deal with a mysterious, recurring account lockout, then you haven’t been on the job very long. Almost all Active Directory installations include a Group Policy

Two Ways to Add Multiple Users or Contacts to a Distribution Group

Jul. 2, 2015 by

Say you just created a large number of new Mail Contacts or you just created a new Distribution Group and you need to add the new contacts or a large

PowerShell Script for Automating Personnel Changes

Apr. 28, 2015 by

I just finished coding a PowerShell script designed to automate changes to Active Directory, Exchange, and Lync accounts based on input from a human resources database. With resources continually getting

Adding an Employee ID Number to Active Directory

Nov. 10, 2014 by

The Active Directory database contains two fields that can be used to store an employee ID number: EmployeeID EmployeeNumber Neither field is used for anything currently, and neither one shows

Assign the value of ObjectGUID to a string variable in Powershell

Oct. 30, 2014 by

The ObjectGUID property of an AD object is weird. I tried using -Expand and foreach{$_.ObjectGUID} to extract the value, but neither did quite what I expected. Here’s how I was

Who has access to do what where?

May. 19, 2014 by

If you manage Active Directory in a large organization, chances are good there are a number of cooks in the kitchen. Every now and then it’s good to review who