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Powershell: Temporary group membership on Windows 2016 Active Directory

October 17, 2017 12:15PM

This is second part of configuring and architecting AD infrastructure new features. Microsoft has introduced new great feature with Windows Server 2016 Active directory, PAM (Privileged Access Management) Feature, Where user can be added to a group for a particular time. Once that Time to live (TT…

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Microsoft Active directory additional features - AD Recycle Bin Powershell

October 11, 2017 01:00PM

I recently was involved and architected IT infrastructure for one of the small startup group, I deployed Windows Server 2016 server and architected Active Directory infrastructure, Startup staff's work was involved using heavy use of AD API in their own software, creation and deletion of AD accounts…

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Microsoft PowerShell: Check Windows license activation status

September 23, 2017 02:11PM

This is my version of fetching Microsoft windows license status, for stream lining environment and make compliant as per audit standards, This is old wine in new bottle. I have improvised it to get more information and made it dynamic to get information remotely using CIM(winrm) as well as or WMI(dc…

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Powershell Active Directory: Show treeview of User or Group memberof hierarchy

September 20, 2017 09:32AM

After going through many testing and successfully streamlining most of the Users and Groups member of in active directory environment using Powershell Active Directory: List complete hierarchy of upstream nested groups recursively of User. I was still facing some of the issues, Earlier script was no…

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Powershell Active Directory: List complete hierarchy of upstream nested groups recursively of User

September 15, 2017 05:27PM

Recently I had seen big mess in one of my client's Active directory environment, AD Groups where keep nested into groups and further, Due to this clients where having hard time to get either exact effective permissions of particular users, and causing users have unnecessary authorization or getting …

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SOFTERRA ADAXES - A new way to manage Active Directory

September 2, 2017 08:26PM

What is Adaxes?
Adaxes is a rescuer for any Active Directory, Exchange and Office 365 environment. It gives additional features automates repetitive everyday operations, enhances security, enforces standards and reduces the load on your IT department. Managing your IT environment with Adaxes is sim…

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Powershell Active Directory: ADGroup Managedby - Checkbox Manager can update membership list

August 23, 2017 10:40AM

I found one of the query "How to click checkbox manager can update membership list on Active directory group using powershell" on the whatsapp group Powershell scripting. There is already official MicroSoft blog written for same purpose and there are two parts to it and they are worth reading. I wen…

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Active Directory Powershell: Aduser A value for the attribute was not in the acceptable range of values

August 21, 2017 08:02PM

While writing and testing script Active Directory Powershell: Create bulk users from CSV file, Simulating single user creation I came across an error. This error says.

New-ADUser : A value for the attribute was not in the acceptable range of values
At line:1 char:1
+ New-ADUser -Name TestUse…

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Active Directory Powershell: Create bulk users from CSV file

August 19, 2017 11:00PM

Creating bulk multiple user accounts on Active Directory Users and Computers mmc console is very boring and tough task also it is most of the time consuming and error prone tend to be lots of mistakes. If same task is done using automation it will be interesting and happen in less time. Active direc…

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VMWare Powercli: Time Configuration (NTP - Network Time Protocol) on multiple Esxi server

August 16, 2017 05:01PM

This blog is related to my earlier blog vSphere ESXi security best practices: Time configuration - (NTP) Network Time Protocol, This is Powercli part of same article. Login into vCenter server, For more details check VMWARE VSPHERE POWERCLI INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION STEP BY STEP.

To add nt…

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vSphere ESXi security best practices: Time configuration - (NTP) Network Time Protocol

August 15, 2017 02:09PM

By default NTP - Network time protocol service is disabled on esxi server. ESXi servers always should be configured with NTP for below reasons.

Logs: Very first good reason is logs (events, /var/log). If your Esxi is not synchronized with Time server correctly, Details in logs will show incorrect…

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Powershell one liner: Create multiple user accounts

August 9, 2017 10:44PM

I had an opportunity to teach PowerShell Active Directory basics to some of my junior subordinate, Where I wanted them to show few test cases on creating multiple active directory user accounts, After building active directory from scratch, As this was the demo example lab, accounts created  running…

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POWERSHELL ACTIVE DIRECTORY: ADD OR UPDATE PROXYADDRESSES IN USER PROPERTIES ATTRIBUTE EDITOR

June 25, 2017 04:20PM

This was second script I wrote for user migrating from domain change (exchange to office 365). (Although I have basic knowledge of Exchange server, but I was involved due to my PowerShell scripting knowledge), Requirement was adding new email address to ProxyAddresses under Attribute Editor (AD User…

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POWERSHELL ACTIVE DIRECTORY: ADD OR UPDATE (CHANGE) MANAGER NAME IN ORGANIZATION TAB OF USER

June 24, 2017 04:06PM

I am sharing few of the scripts I wrote long back to change/update Users information in Active directory,  It was required me while migrating Active directory to Office 365. One of the script was adding or change manager name in organization tab of User properties. (All user names used here are fict…

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WINDOWS VCENTER 6.5: VCENTER VPXD AND OTHER SERVICES MISSING OR NOT EXIST IN SERVICES.MSC

May 24, 2017 07:15PM

Recently while troubleshooting VMWare vCenter 6.5 on Microsoft windows, I found some necessary services either missing or does not exist. Crucial services like VMware vcenter (VPXD), Vmware Single sign on and other services simply missing. Earlier I thought this could be because it might have upgrad…

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AWARDED VMWARE VEXPERT AGAIN FOR 2017

February 9, 2017 08:49AM

I am honored today again to see the announcement that I was awarded the title vExpert for the 4th year in a row.

vExpert is a title that VMware awards to those that have made significant contributions to the VMware community.  The title doesn’t show a particular level of technical expertise; but …

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TOP 10 AUDIT REPORTS FOR ACTIVE DIRECTORY WITH LEPIDEAUDITOR SUITE

September 15, 2016 10:56PM

Top 10 Audit Reports for Active Directory with LepideAuditor Suite

Recently I received change to doing POC in my organization for LepideAuditor Suite on Regular auditing, And I had to create a POC report, here I am sharing the same. monitoring and alerting on Active Directory activity helps contr…

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MICROSOFT AZURE ERROR REGISTERING RESOURCE PROVIDERS CODE AUTHORIZATION FAILED

August 31, 2016 11:55AM

Recently I got new task on providing solution and architecting design for one of the project migration to Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global networ…

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PART 3 : (ADMT) ACTIVE DIRECTORY MIGRATION TOOL REPORTING

August 29, 2016 08:39PM

I did successful migration of Active Directory objects between domain. It was time to create reporting of migrated users and other AD objects, As I had given access to my other colleagues to AD migration, it was necessary to have some reporting in case if there is any mistake to rectify. Reporting c…

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PART 2 : MIGRATE ACTIVE DIRECTORY USERS TO ANOTHER DOMAIN USING ADMT

August 26, 2016 09:43AM

As below diagram I have few users in Parent domain (vcloud-lab.com) and I will be migrating them to Child domain (child.vcloud-lab.com) using ADMT tool installed earlier in PART 1
 Active Directory migration tools ADMT DiagramHere are some gotchas I found while using ADMT Tool (Active Directory Migration Tool) between Parent and child dom…

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