Active Directory Domain Services Command Fu, Part 3

As some systems administrators have already found out, on Microsoft Windows Servers some tasks cannot be performed using the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Although multiple vendors have released graphical tools to make these tasks even more tedious easier for the typical click-on-through Windows Admin, these tasks can easily be performed using the built-in command tools. … Continue reading "Active Directory Domain Services Command Fu, Part 3"

Active Directory Domain Services Command Fu, Part 1

As some systems administrators have already found out, on Microsoft Windows Servers some tasks cannot be performed using the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Although multiple vendors have released graphical tools to make these tasks even more tedious easier for the typical click-on-through Windows Admin, these tasks can easily be performed using the built-in command tools. … Continue reading "Active Directory Domain Services Command Fu, Part 1"

Active Directory in Hyper-V environments, Part 4

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Datacenter Edition offers the ability to make virtual machines highly available by leveraging failover clustering. This however is not a good idea in the case of Active Directory Domain Controllers. In this post I’ll explain why Hyper-V High Availability for Domain Controllers is not a good idea and … Continue reading "Active Directory in Hyper-V environments, Part 4"

Centralized Start Menu Management

Today I'll show you a neat little solution I deployed in an environment recently as a solution for a centralized Start Menu based on Active Directory group membership. It enables users to see and use networked applications they have rights to from their Start Menu and it enables administrators to easily allow and disallow users … Continue reading "Centralized Start Menu Management"

Upgrading your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

Last time we discussed how to transition your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008, which was something a lot of you were interested in. This time I'm talking in-place upgrading Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers.

Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

You might be running Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 Domain Controllers at the moment and you're looking to replace these servers with Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers to utilize the new features of Windows Server 2008. You might also be looking to replace your aging Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 … Continue reading "Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008"