With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft introduced a new Active Directory feature called Offline Domain Join (ODJ). This feature allows for clients to be joined to an Active Directory domain, without the need of having a direct connection to any of the Domain Controllers for the Active Directory domain.
As already mentioned in the previous blog post on RID Improvements in Windows Server 2012, Active Directory environments are sometimes cathedrals of Microsoft technology; they’re big, they’re old and a lot of effort has been put into them to get them into the shape they’re in today.
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"
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.
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"
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"
As I’ve mentioned in my overview post, earlier today, one of the new features of Windows Server 2012 is a new Domain Controller Promotion Tool. In this blogpost I’ll dive a little deeper on this statement.