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 automation—whether it’s being able 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 are still organizational units (OUs) […]

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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 assigned an SMTP address in […]

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File System Planning for Active Directory 101

When you are going to install Active Directory in an organization, it’s always wise to consider the base operating system install and to verify that a few important configurations are done in advance. One of the most important being the planning of the local server file system. Although commonly not overlooked, it is not commonly understood why it’s so important […]

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Server 2008 Active Directory User Groups — the Easy Way!

User Groups and Organizational Units are two great ways of keeping your Active Directory organized and controlled. Why would we want to do that? Well, let’s say for example that we have this one shared folder on our network that we want only our Sales Department to have access to. Without groups in your Active Directory, you would have to […]

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