You can only set the DFL to Windows Server 2012 when you create a new domain tree on a Windows Server 2012-based computer

Remember in the Beta of Windows Server 2012 (then called Windows Server “8”) you couldn’t specify the Windows Server 8 Forest Functional Level (FFL) in the new Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard when you created a new forest? My fellow Directory Services MVP Mike Kline wrote a blogpost on this issue, where he explains … Continue reading "You can only set the DFL to Windows Server 2012 when you create a new domain tree on a Windows Server 2012-based computer"

New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 9: Connected Accounts

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are cloud-optimized Operating Systems. One of the areas where this is visible is the ability to connect domain accounts to Microsoft accounts (formerly known as Windows Live IDs). In this blogpost I’ll show you how this functionality works and how you can disable this functionality altogether or granularly with … Continue reading "New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 9: Connected Accounts"

New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 8: Group MSAs (gMSAs)

Back in Windows Server 2008 R2, Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) solved the problem of unsecure service accounts. Managing them was a nightmare, even if you knew what you were doing. Now, In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft addresses a couple of these challenges This blogposts shows how.

New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 4: New PowerShell Cmdlets

With Windows PowerShell Scripting being one of the requirements in the current Common Engineering Criteria (CEC), all Microsoft server products need to comply with having Windows PowerShell scripting support. In Windows Server 2012, Active Directory Domain Services expands beyond the 76 Active Directory Management PowerShell Cmdlets and 15 Active Directory Provider PowerShell Cmdlets found in … Continue reading "New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 4: New PowerShell Cmdlets"

New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 3: New Upgrade Process

While a lot of lab environments will be set up as I explained in part 2 of this series (with the New Promotion Process), in the real world a lot of Active Directory environments will be upgraded or transitioned, because they’re already equipped with Domain Controllers running a previous version of Windows Server. In this … Continue reading "New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 3: New Upgrade Process"

Active Directory-related KnowledgeBase articles for February 2012

Last month, the Active Directory Documentation Team really made an effort to bring together a library of troubleshooting-oriented KnowledgeBase articles. This month, this work is continued with two more updated guidance-oriented KnowledgeBase articles to troubleshoot Active Directory issues. Also this month, a few new Active Directory-related KnowledgeBase articles were published with hotfixes for issues in … Continue reading "Active Directory-related KnowledgeBase articles for February 2012"

Whitepaper on Host-Based Backups and Restores of Domain Controllers

This page contains the following whitepaper:  Host-Based Backups and Restores of Domain Controllers How to be effective in backing up and restoring virtual Domain Controller with host-based backup solutions   Title : Host-Based Backups and Restores of domain Controllers How to be effective in backing up and restoring virtual Domain Controllers with host-based backup solutions Authors … Continue reading "Whitepaper on Host-Based Backups and Restores of Domain Controllers"

Getting Your Active Directory ready for Windows 7, Part 3

Deploying Windows XP is as easy as sysprep’ing a sample installation, throw in an answer file in the mix with a Volume License Key (VLK) and rolling out the newly created image with your preferred distribution method. A volume Windows XP product key is easily attained by buying a 5 PC equivalent Volume License and … Continue reading "Getting Your Active Directory ready for Windows 7, Part 3"

From the Field: the Case of Display Issues (garbled or missing Text) in Active Directory Administrative Center

I’ve been working with Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) for a while now, but didn’t have time to look at Delegation of Control lately. Yesterday I finally came round to configuring it and was baffled by a serious issue