Category Archives: Active Directory [Old]

Information on the way I look towards the Active Directory and the things we can and can't do with it. In every post you'll find information on why some things are worth your time and others are not.

(Automatically) Updating Server Core

Keeping servers clean and updated seems to be the most important thing for systems administrators these days. A Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation comes without most of the easily targeted components but can not easily kept up to date.


Installing Server Core Domain Controllers

To server core or not to server core seems like a valid question. Especially when deciding to install Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Domain Controllers. With the advent of Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Beta 3 we can finally take a deep dive into installing Server Core Domain Controllers.


Exchange Server 2007 and the Active Directory, Part 5

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has a new trick up its sleeve in combination with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Windows Mobile 6: Exchange AutoDiscover Service. You can use this feature with your Domain Naming System (DNS) implementation, but this feature is even more functional when used in conjunction with Active Directory. (Just like everything you use in your daily life…)


Deploying and managing FireFox centrally

As an IT Professional you might get the question to deploy Mozilla's FireFox browser on the workstations of your users. I must admin FireFox is a pretty good product and Mozilla does a good job building and promoting it. In fact: In my opinion it's the only company I know that effectively took on a […]


Active Directory on separate volumes

I had and have seen numerous discussions with people on the benefits and drawbacks of putting Active Directory files and folders on a separate volume or even on several separate volumes. Time to makes some things clear!


Overview of Active Directory files

Although Active Directory can be considered as a heavenly product by administrators and is likely to be referred to as "the hand of god" by users it is actually stored on physical drives. Nothing new-age about that, so let's look at the files that make up our Active Directories…


Active Directory benefits at home

Some of the people that managed to stay awake while listening to Bill Gates CES Keynote speech heard him unveiling Microsoft plans for Windows Home Server. I've been digging into this product, which many people referred to as "Quattro" and more recently as "Q", because to me it means one thing: Active Directory benefits at home!


Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")

Many IT people I know require their users to come up with complex passwords and require them to change them often. I guess this gives them a sense of security. It's actually not as secure as they think. Even after implementing a good (Microsoft ISA Server) firewall, implementing IPSec on your network, running NAP or NAC there are […]


Exchange Server 2007 and the Active Directory, Part 4

With Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 comes a new security model to publish your servers to the Internet: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 boxes configured with the Edge Transport Server Role. This new model replaces the current Front-End / Back-end model.


Conserving energy with Active Directory

Treehugger magazine has a very clear statement on Microsoft Windows XP and its "high-performance" yet "energy-consuming" default settings this week. They boldly state Microsoft Windows XP wasted $25 billion of Energy with the help of Foreign Policy.