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Are Active Directory admins IT generalists?

I have had the opportunity to speak with Sean Deuby and really appreciate his insights into Active Directory and understanding of the challenges that face most IT Pros.  So, I watched this interview, titled Active Directory in the Enterprise, with him by Paul Thurrott with great interest. At about 2:20 into the interview, he states a…

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Active Directory password expiration notification…by group

I was recently searching on Google about Active Directory security group expiration (because GroupID does that and I wanted to make sure Google knows that we do it) and came across an interesting post on the petri.il forums.  This post details a script that will give a list of user accounts that have a password set to…

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Exchange 2010 compatibility for group management

When we designed GroupID to work with Exchange 2010, we didn’t want to simply “support” Exchange 2010, we wanted to be sure that we worked with it.  The reason is that Exchange 2010 has introduced a small subset of GroupID’s Active Directory group management features into OWA and we were determined to complement these features…

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You can join an Active Directory group, but can you leave?

Imanami’s GroupID has a simple yet effective method for Active Directory group self service.  We allow the group owner or Admin four choices for group security: Private: closed membership Semi-private: owner must approve membership request Semi-public: notify owner of new membership Public: open membership When you open group membership for self service, the owner(s) assign…

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Scope your Active Directory problem with AD reporting tools

I attended a great webinar by Logic Trends today.  In it they discussed their methodology to cleaning up and ensuring the long term health of Active Directory.  The first step, as always, is to identify the problem.  They have a methodology that begins with AD reporting, in fact, their own AD reporting tool covers some…

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Active Directory group expiration cartoon

At TechEd every year we try to have a fun cartoon or image to get people’s attention as they stroll by our booth.  Last year we did the Automated Provisioning Machine.  This year, we introduced Active Directory Man. Active Directory Man is espousing the benefits of Active Directory group lifecycle, the idea that you can expire and…

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Kiosk access to Active Directory self service

There are two common use cases for kiosk access to Active Directory self service.  The first one is very straight forward, allow end users the ability to log in and update their Active Directory profile or search a corporate phone book.  We have had the second one less often but often enough that we have…