Category: Active Directory 101

Transferring FSMO Roles To Another Active Directory Controller

With virtualization continuing to grow into the small and medium business marketplace, it is now affordable for many IT administrators to implement many common best practices such as having a minimum of two domain controllers. Virtualization also has many transitioning/upgrading to operating much easier. When considering doing an upgrade for Active Directory for small to […]

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Active Directory : Create test users using PowerShell

I’ve often had a need for some users for various test purposes, and want a script to quickly create these users. Create Organizatiol Unit (OU) In order to use the cmdlets needed you need Access to a Domain Controller or have RSAT (opens a Google search) installed on your Workstation and use import-module *active* You can […]

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Server 2012 : GPO to setup local admin and RDP access.

We are going to give access to a Group of people to RDP to Workstations and have local administrators rights. In order for RDP to work we also need to open firewall. While reading you might want to consider to split up this (monolithic) GPO and single Security Group into 2 Security Groups and 3 smaller […]

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How to Export AD user list with email addresses

If you have the need to export a user list from an Active Directory group along with the user’s email address, run the following command in PowerShell as an administrator.   If your AD has the e-mail attribute filed out:   Powershell Get-ADGroupMember -Identity “groupname” -Recursive | Get-ADUser -Properties Mail | Select-Object Name,Mail | Export-CSV […]

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How to Copy Members of a Security Group in Active Directory

Ever ran into a task where you needed to copy all the members of a certain AD security group over to a new or existing security group? If so, you can use the powershell command below to complete this task.   Get-ADGroupMember -Identity “ExistingGroup” | Add-ADPrincipalGroupMembership -MemberOf “NewGroup”  

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How To Find Nested Active Directory Group Memberships in PowerShell

Find the actual number of users in a group by locating those that may be hard to find in a hidden subgroup. As someone that manages Active Directory users and groups, trying to figure out the true membership of a particular group can be hard. Why? It’s because of the way in which Active Directory […]

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How to Create and Link a Group Policy Object in Active Directory

I’ll show you how to create a Group Policy Object (GPO) in Active Directory, and link it to a site, domain or Organizational Unit (OU). Group Policy was introduced in Windows 2000 as part of Active Directory, replacing Windows NT System Policies. Group Policy is a powerful tool that can reduce total cost of ownership […]

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