Windows Server 2012

Master the power of ‘Search-ADAccount’ PowerShell cmdlet

Not many Active Directory admins know that the Search-ADAccount PowerShell cmdlet can perform a number of handy operations. Let’s look…

2 years ago

Whither SMB: Where it’s been, where it is, and where it might be going

Server Message Block protocol, or SMB, has been around for more than 20 years. Is its usefulness passed or are…

2 years ago

Network diagnostics: How to run DCDiag remotely on all domain controllers

The DCDiag tool can check various aspects of an Active Directory domain controller. This PowerShell script makes it easy for…

2 years ago

Domain controllers required ports: Use PowerShell to check if they are listening

Domain controllers must listen on specific ports. Here’s a list of domain controllers required ports and how to use PowerShell…

2 years ago

Networking basics: Check if your domain controller host records are registered

Not many Active Directory admins know that missing domain controller host records can lead to issues. Make sure this doesn’t…

2 years ago

HOW TO: Make sure Active Directory domain controllers have an NTDS object

Domain controllers must have an NTDS object to participate in AD replication. Use this PowerShell script to check if the…

2 years ago

Configuring the Windows Time Service

Understanding the Windows Time Service is crucial if you want your Active Directory environment to work properly. Here's the definitive…

2 years ago

Troubleshooting tips from the IT trenches: Where’s my disk space?

In our continuing “trench tales” series, here’s a solution to a problem many beleaguered IT pros ask: Where’s my disk…

2 years ago

HOW TO: Ensure Active Directory sites have correct user subnets assigned

Here’s how to use PowerShell to get a list of user subnets associated with each Active Directory site to ensure…

2 years ago

Avoid accidental deletion: Enabling protection setting for organizational units using PowerShell

If an organizational unit is deleted accidentally, objects in the unit will also be deleted. Here’s how to enable protection…

2 years ago