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Active Directory management built for MSPs

We have been getting a ton of traffic lately from MSPs that are becoming more and more frustrated with managing data and accounts in Active Directory and the operational costs associated with this menial task. Most of the administrators have been toying with the idea of actually creating their own web applications to delegate out

How do the attributes in the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) user interface map to the named LDAP attributes in Active Directory?

We’ve had this article on our support site for a long time and it’s one of the most high-traffic articles we have. Why? Because it’s quite difficult to figure out which AD attributes are represented in the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) user interface with the obtuse and antiquated names defined in LDAP (really,

Top 3 issues with Identity Management and Active Directory

Web Active Directory has been in the identity management business for over 6 years now and the one thing that we have learned in that time is that there are three critical areas that solutions such as ours need to adhere to, they are: Security Security Security We hear you loud and clear.  That is

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New PeopleUpdate demostration videos – Web-based, Active Directory Management

Our engineers have created a series of demonstration online videos that provide insight into how PeopleUpdate can be used to delegate active directory updates out to the information and business owners within your organization.  Each video provides a different view of PeopleUpdate through the eyes of a typical end-user, a typical HR-user and a typical

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Windows Active Directory update solutions for the small-medium sized enterprises: Top 5

At Web Active Directory, we get a good number of prospects that visit our website and ask for evaluations for our products. One category of prospects includes small- to medium-sized businesses looking for ways to automate and delegate Windows Active Directory updates to end-users. Companies sized from 100 – 1,000 employees typically have this need.

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Active Directory Design Guide

It’s great to see Microsoft publish a design guide for Active Directory.  I haven’t read all of it yet but I do like that the guidance is specific to different business verticals and scenarios. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=88f0184c-8f03-4f0f-b3f9-5109255fb461

Naming conventions in Active Directory

Ever wonder what characters are valid in domain names, netbios names, Active Directory sites, etc?  Well you don’t have to guess, Microsoft has a knowledgebase article with the standards already defined for you. Pay special attention to name collisions in the directory and the reserved words when defining OU names. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909264 For more information contact

Domain and forest functionality levels

I recently saw a post on this and so it got me interested in where this data is stored and where on the MSDN site I could find it.  I have found that if you ask a company what forest and domain functionality level they are at you will probably get a different answer from

When to use OUs in Active Directory

This has been something that has bugged me for quite a while, when I see environments where Active Directory OU’s have been created to reflect the organization structure, whether that be departments or physical locations, I always wonder why someone would choose this model and if they really understand the features and functions in Active

Powershell variables

If you want to make your Powershell scripts infinitely powerful and flexible use variables!  For example, lets say you create a powershell script that manually shuts down some services in a specific order, then reboots the server, then manually starts some services in a specific order.  If at a minimum you use variables for the

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