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Active Directory Password Reset Versus Password Change

We often get questions from customers about password resets and changes in Microsoft Active Directory when the customer wants to know why password reset operations ignore certain Active Directory password policy settings like minimum password age. Web Active Directory products like PeoplePassword and IISADMPWD Replacement Tool both support password changes while only PeoplePassword supports password

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Efficient Queries with LDAP Search Filters

Writing LDAP queries can prove quite difficult because of its odd search filter syntax and the (mostly) non-relational nature of the LDAP data store. Even once you get your query in place, performance issues can plague your query if you don’t set it up correctly.  Efficient queries with LDAP search filters are important for performance

COM Unknown error (0x80005000) with PrincipalContext in the System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement .NET Namespace

While working on a project recently, I ran into the very undescriptive COM Unknown error (0x80005000) trying to instantiate a PrincipalContext to use for some Active Directory management needs. To support a number of directory connection scenarios—including AD, AD LDS and the local machine SAM—our application allows admins to configure any set of relevant parameters used

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Active Directory Management Gateway Service (ADMGS) Errors and McAfee Anti-Virus Software

I posted last month about an issue with the Active Directory Management Gateway Service (ADMGS) on Windows Server 2008. The ADMGS  (which runs as the Active Directory Web Services, ADWS, service) allows you to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to manage AD remotely in domains where there are no Server 2008 R2 domain

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Diagnose Active Directory Management Gateway Service (ADMGS) Errors

I recently worked on a Windows Server 2008 system with the Active Directory Management Gateway Service (ADMGS) installed. The ADMGS allows you to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to manage AD remotely in domains where there are no Server 2008 R2 domain controllers running. The ADMGS service (which runs as the Active

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Binding to Active Directory: AD Connections De-mystified, Part 5

Note: This series covers Active Directory connection strings, often referred to as bind paths, with the goal of simplifying the process of creating an AD bind path. A significant amount of the information for this series comes from the wonderful AD programming book, The .NET Developer’s Guide to Directory Services Programming, by Ryan Dunn and Joe Kaplan. The LDAP ADsPath article

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Binding to Active Directory: AD Connections De-mystified, Part 4

Note: This series covers Active Directory connection strings, often referred to as bind paths, with the goal of simplifying the process of creating an AD bind path. A significant amount of the information for this series comes from the wonderful AD programming book, The .NET Developer’s Guide to Directory Services Programming, by Ryan Dunn and Joe Kaplan. The LDAP ADsPath article

Binding to Active Directory: AD Connections De-mystified, Part 3

Note: This series covers Active Directory connection strings, often referred to as bind paths, with the goal of simplifying the process of creating an AD bind path. A significant amount of the information for this series comes from the wonderful AD programming book, The .NET Developer’s Guide to Directory Services Programming, by Ryan Dunn and Joe Kaplan. The LDAP ADsPath article

Binding to Active Directory: AD Connections De-mystified, Part 2

Note: This series covers Active Directory connection strings, often referred to as bind paths, with the goal of simplifying the process of creating an AD bind path. A significant amount of the information for this series comes from the wonderful AD programming book, The .NET Developer’s Guide to Directory Services Programming, by Ryan Dunn and Joe Kaplan. The

Binding to Active Directory: AD Connections De-mystified, Part 1

Note: This series covers Active Directory connection strings, often referred to as bind paths, with the goal of simplifying the process of creating an AD bind path. A significant amount of the information for this series comes from the wonderful AD programming book, The .NET Developer’s Guide to Directory Services Programming, by Ryan Dunn and Joe Kaplan. The LDAP ADsPath article

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