Category: Active Directory 101

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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Managing Active Directory with PowerShell

Introduction There’s no question that PowerShell is here to stay as an automation tool for Windows. And with it, comes a variety of ways to automate management Windows infrastructure. For sure one of the most important areas where PowerShell automation can provide big benefit, is in the management of Active Directory. AD lends itself to […]

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Crash Course in Active Directory Organizational Unit Design

In this article the author discusses Active Directory Organizational Unit design and gives tips on the design strategy and how they are best utilized. Introduction Active Directory has not changed too much over the years. Since it was first introduced in 2000, the concepts around the organizational structure of Active Directory have not changed. There […]

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[Exchange Tutorial] How to create mail enabled contact?

Contact  is ideal when you want user to communicate with non-Microsoft mail system and external SMTP addresses. It is know as recipient in older exchange environment,  now in Exchange 2003, contacts are created in Active Directory and viewed in the Global Catalog in the same manner as a mail-enabled user object. Each contact can be […]

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How to Create Users and User Templates in Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

You probably already know that a User Account in Active Directory is an Active Directory Object, or simply said, a record in an AD database. Most of the time we create user accounts for people, however user accounts can also be created for applications or processes. User accounts allow a person to access resources on […]

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