Active Directory

Fix Active Directory 1818 Error during DCPromo

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Hello guys, here is an annoying issue that has again a very simple fix. I’ve noticed that most fixes are very simple, haven’t you? I was doing a project for this client where he wanted two Domain Controllers in Azure to replicate with their onsite DCs over a site-to-site link. Everything was nice and dandy. […]

Active Directory DSRM and Defragmentation

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Occasionally, we are hit with an issue and we need to boot the Domain Controller in Restore mode or we just need to perform a defragmentation on the NTDS database. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of using the bcdedit command to perform a defrag on a NTDS database. Defragment NTDS Database […]

Configure Fine-Grained Password Policies for Specific Users in Active Directory

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In this article, we will talk about Account Password Policies and how we configure them domain wide with a more granular approach of per-user password policies without using Group Policy. So first off, let us talk about Group Policy configuration for password complexity and requirements. The downside of group policy settings is that it is […]

Explanation of Service Principal Names in Active Directory

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In this article, we’ll be talking about identity management in Windows Server 2016. Specifically, we will be talking about SPNs (Service Principal Names) and how wonderful they are. First of all, an SPN is like an alias for an AD object, which can be a Service Account, User Account or Computer object, that lets other […]

Active Directory Certificate Services Installation

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In the following tutorial, we will see how to deploy a simple Active Directory Certificate Services installation and configure it as a Standalone CA. Our first step is to go to Server Manager, Add/Remove roles, and start the installation process. Under Roles, we select Active Directory Certificate Services. Next, we need to choose which role […]

How to Perform an Active Directory Install from Media (IFM)

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The following tutorial will show us how to deploy a Domain Controller using the Install from Media option (IFM). This tutorial will also help you prepare for the 70-742 certification exam. Before we dive into the step-by-step part of this article, let’s look at the reasons why we would do an IFM install in the […]

Installing and Configuring Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016

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This is the first of a series of step-by-step tutorials on Microsoft Active Directory. These tutorials are also geared towards the 70-742 exam and they can get you ready for the MCSA or MCSE Certification. So let us jump right in. Before we start installing the Active Directory Domain Services role on our server, we […]

AD Message: Object is a container and contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and the objects it contains

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I received the following message today when trying to delete a computer object from Active Directory: Object %COMPUTERNAME% is a container and contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object %COMPUTERNAME% and the objects it contains? This operation could take a long time if  %COMPUTERNAME% contains a large number of objects. To determine which sub-objects this […]

Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

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The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer is a really useful tool when documenting Active Directory domains of any size. With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microsoft Visio to draw a diagram of the Active […]