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Using Active Directory groups with Google Apps

So, you’re moving to Google Apps and all the goodness that it offers.  You’ve seen the light (through the cloud) and are ready to embrace it.  Up until this day, you have been a loyal Microsoft shop and have most of your infrastructure tied up in it.  Most notably, Active Directory. You use Active Directory…

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Help a user unlock their Active Directory account

It’s always a pain; you’ve been away on vacation and vaguely remember your Active Directory password.  You try [email protected], then [email protected], then $P1derMAN, and then you remember, of course, it’s $0oP3rmAn.  But by then it’s too late.  Your Active Directory account is locked (l0ck3d). In the old days, you would grab the sports section and…

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How to recover Active Directory group membership

We get a lot of searches for “recover Active Directory group membership”, mainly for this post on restoring group membership with dynamic groups.  Imanami’s products don’t actually recover Active Directory group membership once they’ve been deleted but we do something that I find slightly more interesting in that context. If you think about one reason…

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How to get users to enroll in Self Service Password Reset

We can all agree that a self service password reset solution saves the company money: fewer help desk calls, less productivity lost and most importantly fewer help desk calls.  That’s the holy grail of IT: help your users without them picking up the phone. But how do you get users to actually enroll and use…

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Windows IT Pro reviews Imanami GroupID

For the past 6 weeks I have anxiously awaited Windows IT Pro’s review of the GroupID product suite.  After speaking to the reviewer, Russell Smith, and giving him a demo of the product, I knew he understood what we do and the business problems that we solve.  But I had no idea how the actual…

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List of Active Directory forums

In every hobby or activity I pursue there is a forum, a central place online where a bunch of us who cannot get enough of something get together to talk about it.  Sailing, swimming, baseball….you name it, a lot of great places to discuss the ins and outs. But what about Active Directory?  There just doesn’t…

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Control your groups in Active Directory!

We are turning in our TechEd t-shirt design to the printer today; this always makes me nostalgic so I pulled out my favorite t-shirt.  The Active Directory movie thriller, Control your Groups! This epic (not yet made) film is about the virtuous Active Directory Admin being led astray by the femme fatale, Ann Duser.  She…

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Group & role attestation in Active Directory

We get role attestation as a customer requirement in Active Directory group management constantly.  The problem is that it seems to mean something different to everyone.  Bob Bobel describes attestation very well: “Attestation describes any certification review process where an individual swears to or witness/confirm something important. This term is almost universally used to describe…

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Active Directory password expiration notification

Users forgetting their passwords is a time honored tradition dating back to the simultaneous invention of the user and the password.  Just as Alexander Graham Bell’s first words were “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you”, the first user’s first words were “what is my password again?” So we give them…

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SharePoint & Active Directory: two tastes that go great together

Most of our clients are either using SharePoint or are considering it.  Naturally, we are hearing questions about how our products work with SharePoint, but we are also learning some cool ideas about how GroupID can be used to easily solve some common SharePoint problems. I thought that I might share some of those here.…