Network Administration

Active Directory

Active Directory: Questions and Answers

What is the difference between Windows 2000 Active Directory and Windows 2003 Active Directory? Is there any difference in 2000 Group Polices and 2003 Group Polices? What is meant by ADS and ADS services in Windows 2003? Windows 2003 Active Directory introduced a number of new security features, as well...

Active Directory scripting secrets: When GUI just isn't enough

While it's true that Active Directory provides a number of easy, wizard-driven Graphical User Interface options to create objects and perform many common administrative tasks, to be a truly effective admin you'll often need to get away from the GUI and find a more efficient way to operate....

Extracting Active Directory info quick and easy with LDIFDE

As mature as Active Directory is, it still amazes me how many admins I talk to who have no idea how to write simple LDIFDE.exe commands to gather data for routine operations. My next few articles will give you some simple instructions on how to take advantage of this tool...

Taking out the Active Directory trash

Active Directory (AD) is essentially a big database. As with any database, you have to do a little work to maintain it properly. In this article, I'll shown you how to defragment the Active Directory database and how garbage collection works....

Monitoring Active Directory performance

Contrary to the hopes of hardware manufacturers, sometimes the cure to poor performance doesn't lie in throwing more hardware at a network and hoping things improve. Instead, you should monitor the performance of components of your network and tweak where necessary....

Reorganizing Active Directory

Active Directory's structure should mimic your company's organizational structure. However, many times this means that you'll have to reorganize Active Directory to better meet your needs. Reorganization can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn't have to be as challenging as you think if you do a little bit of...

Modifying Active Directory's schema

Active Directory is at the heart of your Windows 2000 or Windows 2003-based network. It contains all of the objects that represent network resources, all the people that can access those resources, and how they all relate to one another. Within each object is a set of properties that contains...

Managing objects in Active Directory

When you deploy Active Directory and Windows 2000 or Windows 2003, you must learn a new set of administration utilities and new ways of doing things. In this article, I'll shown you how to manage objects using the Active Directory Users And Computers utility....

How to move users and groups in Active Directory

As your company grows, the original Active Directory structure may cease to fit the organization's administrative and architectural needs. When this happens, you can simply reorganize the Active Directory structure rather than having to completely rebuild your network from square one. But before you start trying to move things around,...

How to move objects among domains in Active Directory

Active Directory (AD) should be structured to mimic your company's organizational layout. But what about when your company undergoes a reorganization or a merger? If all the objects you need to move remain with their present domain, no big deal. But when you must move objects from one domain to...

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