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Active Directory: Is it required that the “A” record for a domain point to a Domain Controller?

Currently we have an Active Directory setup, and say the name is 'domain.com'. The DNS entries for domain.com has two A records pointing to the two domain controllers. I would like internal users to ...
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Detecting AD Site options using PowerShell

How can I use PowerShell to find AD site options like +IS_INTER_SITE_AUTO_TOPOLOGY_DISABLED in PowerShell? I've been playing around with the following command, but can't get it to spit out anything ...
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Entering people's email addresses in AD

We've got a Windows 2003 Server Active Directory environment. In AD you can enter a person's email address. Back when we used to have Exchange, when creating a new user it would also create an entry ...
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In Active Directory, does a user account get locked out domain-wide or at the server level?

Right now I have a user who is able to use his domain credentials to log in to any server on our network, except one. The server that he cannot log in to allows other domain users to connect, but when ...
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What's the best wiki to run on Windows?

I want to set up a wiki for my team. I need it to run on Windows/IIS and if it needs a database, against SQL Server. User-authentication must use/integrate with Active Directory, ideally natively ...
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What is important to document in an active directory server?

Later this year I will be handing over support of my church’s active directory servers to someone else and would like to know what kind of information is important to document and share. Are there any ...
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Can I create the active directory forest corp.domain.com without creating domain.com first?

Is there any way which I can create the active directory domain corp.domain.com without first creating domain.com AD DCs? Or to put another way, can corp.domain.com be the root of the forest?
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Issues related to storing photos in Active Directory?

Are their any known issues with storing employee photos in AD provided you store them in the compliant sizes and formats? Is there a critical mass that you break or could corrupt AD databases? I'm ...
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What is a domain controller, when is it needed, and how to set it up?

I would like to know what do we mean by Domain controller and how do we make a system a Domain Controller and when do we have to make a system a DC?
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Should I install an AV product on my domain controllers?

Should I run a server-specific antivirus, regular antivirus, or no antivirus at all on my servers, particularly my Domain Controllers? Here's some background about why I'm asking this question: ...
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Outline the quirks of Windows Small Business Servers (SBS)

I'm not much of a Microsoft administrator. However, I do work extensively with new and existing Microsoft Exchange deployments. That's just how the career-arc went. I'm working with a small customer ...
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How do I block inheritance/application of a single GPO?

Due to the workload generated by recent ransomware outbreaks (Cryptolocker/Cryptowall/etc.), I was recently tasked with implementing Software Restriction policies to block program execution from ...
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VPN Connection causes DNS to use wrong DNS server

I have a Windows 7 PC on our company network (which is a member of our Active Directory). Everything works fine until I open a VPN connection to a customer's site. When I do connect, I lose network ...
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Will Active Directory Allow You to Add Two Computers of the Same Name?

I'm hoping someone can confirm my observations because I'm questioning my memory... The title kind of says it all. While working rapidly on deploying a number of similar systems, it appeared that we ...
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Find locked out accounts in Active Directory (a way that actually works!)

I have googled how to list locked out accounts and found two methods so far, both of which don't work... Saved query - ...
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Two ways of deploying printers via group policy

I've noticed two options for deploying printers via group policy: Create and link Group Policy in GP Management, add printer(s) via User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > ...
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How do I keep the local admin password consistent across an OU?

We have a number of PCs running XP SP2 (and a couple running SP1) already in production, and we're looking to keep the local administrator's password consistent across the OU. The only solutions I can ...
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Is there a version of the AD tools that provide the PowerShell output, similar to the Exchange tools?

The Exchange administration tools output the exact PS commands they will (or just did) execute. Is there a different version of the AD tools (primarily AD Users & Computers) that have similar ...
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Linux + Active directory authentication + only letting certain groups login

I have some linux boxes that use Windows Active Directory authentication, that works just fine (Samba + Winbind). What I would like to do now though is only allow certain people or certain groups to ...
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Automatically mounting a network share as Shared Resource

we're running an ActiveDirectory environment (Windows 2008 Server, XP Clients) and want to have some shares listed as Shared Resources under the Network Neighbourhood. I do not want to map it to a ...
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How do you find out if Active Directory is using Kerberos or NTLM?

Is there a command line program you can use?
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Can I replace my domain controller with Azure Active Directory? [duplicate]

I currently have a small network with a few servers and about 25 client PCs. We are using Office365 and have AD synchronisation setup from our on-premise server. We also have single-sign-on setup ...
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How to find the computer name a user logged on to

Is there a tool or script or some other way of knowing what computer name a specific user is currently logged on to? Or even was logged on to? Say the user "HRDrone" is working on his machine whose ...
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PowerShell: Get-ADUser Properties with åäö

I'm trying to extract select sets of users with Get-ADUser. The users belong to companies whose names include non-ASCII characters, e.g. "Gåäördet". Unfortunately, we do have to use the company ...
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Advice on Active Directory design for multihomed servers

I've been tasked by a customer to come up with a working Active Directory design for a scenario with the following requirements (simplified, they are actually a lot worse): There is a subnet for ...
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Can Samba support full Windows-ACLs?

I've set up a Samba 3 host with AD integration and an ACL enabled filesystem. Using a windows client I can set users and groups permissions. Up to now, Samba just maps to POSIX ACL's rwx permissions, ...
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How do you manage service account credentials (passwords)?

In a Windows environment how do you address the following issues with service accounts? Regular Password changes - with single service accounts used on multiple machines how do you regularly change ...
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How to add a Mac to Windows Active Directory

I've gone into the Directory Utility on the mac, clicked on the services tab, entered the Active Directory Domain and Computer ID, clicked the Bind button and it showed a little status label which ...
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What is the best way to allow a domain user to start and stop services on the machine?

What is the best way to allow a domain user to start and stop services on the machine? The domains user cannot be made admin.
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Why would a domain controller encouter a USN rollback after an unclean shutdown?

I have this Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller running on a physical Dell server, model PowerEdge R510. There are some electrical problems around here, thus a black-out is, unfortunately, quite ...
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Command to remove computer from non-existant domain

I lost my domain controller machine, and then add new domain controller but with a new domain. How do I remove network machines from old domain using command line and add to new domain? Machines ...
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Upgrade software package installed with GPO

Since recently I have been using AD policies to deploy software packages through GPO on a small domain. This had been working well, but I am not sure what is the correct procedure for upgrading a ...
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Does the Read-Only configuration of a DC apply only to Active Directory?

Firstly, I'm not sure how friendly the users of this site are to students but my question seems to be well suited. I am configuring a domain with multiple Windows Server 2008 machines and am curious ...
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Cannot join Win7 workstations to Win2k8 domain

I am trying to connect a Windows 7 Ultimate machine to a Windows 2k8 domain and it's not working. I get this error: Note: This information is intended for a network administrator. If you are not ...
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How to manage hundreds of users (and customized profiles) on individual Windows 7 machines?

We're a small college, where every student is assigned an Active Directory account. We have a couple computer labs where the machines are all joined to the domain and students can log in to any ...
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Join ActiveDirectory (Win 2k8R2) to OpenDirectory(Snow Leopard)

The vast majority of questions and so on regarding the interoperability of Active and Open directories involves getting Mac clients to see an AD and auth against it. What we'd like to do is get a ...
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Rss feed of Active Directory Changes?

Is it possible to setup a RSS feed to view all changes made to an Active Directory database?
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“The zone can be scavenged after” keeps incrementing

What are you trying to do? I'm trying to enable DNS scavenging on a DNS zone that has about a hundred stale DNS records. What have you tried in order to make it happen? I setup DNS Scavenging per ...
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How to change the current user's domain password without being domain admin?

I've seen plenty of documentation of how to reset a user's password by running net user <username> * /domain or locally net user <username> <new_password> But I am not domain ...
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What is the point of creating a computer object in Active Directory when you still have to join the PC?

What is the point of creating a computer object in Active Directory when you still have to join computers to the domain, which then creates the object anyway?
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Windows: Can domain controllers also serve other functions?

This question was a discussion about whether Active Directory is necessary to run Terminal Services. But a chain of answers and comments (mostly by me) brought up a related question around Domain ...
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What happens when a computer joins an Active Directory domain?

What changes are applied to a client when it joins an AD domain? How is a domain member supposed to behave when disconnected to the network? Are users able to login? Will domain user policies still ...
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Securing Active Directory domains on a potentially hostile network

Active Directory is one of the best features of Windows Server, but it's also a big shiny target. If compromised it gives the attacker your Windows network. In an environment with externally facing ...
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How to tell what time a domain user logged in?

In the "Security" event log on a Windows 2003 domain controller, I see several entries of event 540 -- "Successful Network Logon" averaging a few minutes apart throughout the day. Is the first one of ...
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Active Directory OU design for <500 users, 4 locations

We are looking to add some logical structure to our (Win 2003) AD hierarchy. We have a single domain and around 500 users. All users and computers are currently organized into one OU. All security ...
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Can a Second Domain Controller, with buggy hard drive hardware, cause a corruption to Active Directory?

We have a new Domain Controller that holds all FSMO roles. We also have two old hardware servers, about 4-5 years old each, set up as secondary Domain Controllers (or better described as Domain ...
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Reset Windows user domain password

Is there a way to reset a user domain password remotely without login to a remote desktop to the domain controller? I could not find any MMC plugin in non-server Windows (Window 7 Ultimate in this ...
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Danger of Scavenging Stale Resource Records In _msdcs Zone?

I just realized that a previous admin turned DNS scavenging on for all zones on one of the DCs, including the _msdcs zone. It's been this way for a while and things are fine, but I can't imagine that ...
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When to raise domain functional level?

We very recently completed a project to retire two old domain controllers running Server 2003 R2. They are now replaced with shiny new 2008 R2 boxes. However, the functional level of the domain has ...
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Where do I store sensitive data within Active Directory?

I am essentially storing a private key (Hash) in any of the OctetString attributes within Active Directory. My question is, what attribute is secure by default and makes sense to keep private data ...