The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

This summary stems from a brief conversation within a peer circle. A parallax perspective on the issue of passwords. Most IT organisations have an IT Security policy, which defines the required password parameters for an organisation.  Active Directory provides a method to enforce the password parameters, from their complexity and length to the frequency that they must … Continue reading The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

Active Directory: What to learn next?

The Microsoft MVP summit was held last week (3rd - 7th November) in Redmond, where I had the good fortune to spend the week with members of various Microsoft product teams that are responsible for what we commonly know as Active Directory.  I can genuinely say that in technology terms I have not been this interested in the … Continue reading Active Directory: What to learn next?

Brazilian laptop and the ?/ᴏ key does not function.

It always happens on a Sunday. Whilst working on a rollout on the outskirts of Rio, I discovered that the ?/ᴏ key was not working on the laptops I was deploying. The machine did not have an OEM installation of Windows 7, but a customised image with the Brazilian MUI installed. To resolve I had to add this registry … Continue reading Brazilian laptop and the ?/ᴏ key does not function.

Active Directory: A user cannot be in more than 1015 groups.

In any Microsoft Active Directory forest, a user can only a member of 1024 groups but after allowing for up to 9 well known SIDS this number is actually 1015. See KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328889If a user exceeds the hard limit of 1015 group memberships they probably will not be able to logon.What do you do to rectify … Continue reading Active Directory: A user cannot be in more than 1015 groups.

Active Directory: Disaster Recovery (Recap)

In preparation for the Active Directory forest to be upgraded (to Windows Server 2012 R2), it may be prudent to re-evaluate Active Directory disaster recovery plans. Active Directory if configured correctly will just sit there and work; servicing all requests that are presented and because of this robustness, its importance is often overlooked and its criticality … Continue reading Active Directory: Disaster Recovery (Recap)

Microsoft accounces MUTE for Enterprises.

What’s in a name? Microsoft have announced a new conference “MUTE for Enterprises” which is a wordplay on their current working title of “Microsoft’s Unified Technology Event for Enterprises”. MUTE is scheduled to take place the week of 4th May 2015 in Chicago and will be every single Microsoft conference rolled into one. Initially I … Continue reading Microsoft accounces MUTE for Enterprises.