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Student Provisioning Needs

Student Provisioning Can be a Data Management Nightmare I recently asked an IT Director of a large California school district about the most frustrating part of his job.  He didn’t say, to my surprise, something like “our legacy systems are horribly outdated” or even “we need to initiate a new SIS infrastructure”.  I was surprised when his

Active Directory Attributes for Remote Desktop Services

We are working with a customer who needs to set some values for the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Profile (formerly Terminal Services) attributes in Active Directory. Even after working with Active Directory and programming for it for more than 10 years, I’ve never had the need to access these attributes until now. Easy enough, right?

Active Directory Provisioning with PowerShell: Extensibility and Power without Costly Implementation (Part 1 of 4)

Too often, software companies want absolute control of their black box of intellectual property (IP). These companies only want extensibility and customizability if it means more revenue from implementation services. A few companies in our space have even developed their own scripting languages to make customers pay for more services or training to learn yet

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

Find out when Active Directory passwords expire using Powershell

See the link below for a great script that uses Powershell to determine when Active Directory passwords will expire.  Web Active Directory, LLC also has a product called PeopleMinder that automates the notification of your end users, specific user groups, etc of an upcoming Active Directory password expiration, but if you want to make your

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

Web Active Directory is at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2010

We are at booth 206 of the 2010 TCEA show in Austin, Texas.  Please come by and see a demo of PeopleUpdate and PeoplePassword as we show the Texas Educational world that there is an easier way to manage their Active Directory.  Update Active Directory information Self Service Password reset Active Directory reporting Active Directory Group Management

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