Unable to Find a Default Server With Active Directory Web Services Running
Jan15

Unable to Find a Default Server With Active Directory Web Services Running

KB ID 0001275 Dtd 14/01/17 Problem I was trying to get a list of all users on a client’s domain that had either a logon script, profile, or a mapped drive that was being set on their AD user object. But when I ran the command I got this error; Get-ADUser : Unable to find a default server with Active Directory Web Services running. Solution Active Directory Web services was introduced in Server 2008 R2, but I was running the...

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Cisco AnyConnect – Allow Domain Password Change via LDAP
Jan14

Cisco AnyConnect – Allow Domain Password Change via LDAP

KB ID 0001273 Dtd 14/01/17 Problem   If you have remote users who connect via VPN, and a policy that forces them to change their password periodically, this can result in them getting locked out without the ability to change their password (externally). If your Cisco ASA is using LDAP to authenticate your users, then you can use your remote AnyConnect VPN solution to let them reset their passwords remotely. Solution Standard LDAP runs...

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Reset an AD Users Password Expiry Date
Jan12

Reset an AD Users Password Expiry Date

KB ID 0001272 Dtd 12/01/17 Problem I was setting up a Cisco ASA this week and needed to enable the ability for users to reset their domain passwords when they are about to expire. To actually test that, I needed a test user that had their password either about to expire, or actually expired. As I dint want to wait 42 days, or setup a password policy just for one user, I needed to find a ‘quick and dirty’ fix for one user....

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Managing IE Settings via GPO
Jan07

Managing IE Settings via GPO

KB ID 0001269 Dtd 07/01/17 Problem There used to be a GPO called  "Internet Explorer Maintenance" that you could set your Internet Explorer settings, i.e. Proxy server settings, home pages etc. This has now gone, and has been replaced with a group policy preference.   Solution From the Group Policy Management Console > Locate the OU containing the USERS  you want to link the policy to and create a new policy, then give it a...

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Windows 10 Create a WMI Filter for Group Policy
Jan04

Windows 10 Create a WMI Filter for Group Policy

KB ID 0001267 Dtd 04/01/17 Problem I was messing around with some GPO’s for ¬†client today to replace ‘Edge’ as the default browser, (with IE11). To make the whole process more efficient, I wanted to use a WMI filter toapply the policy only to Windows 10 machines. Before this used to be simple enough, you just set the Windows version in a WMI query. But because it searches for a string e.g. 6.1 (for Windows 8.1),...

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Move AD Group Members to an OU
Dec23

Move AD Group Members to an OU

KB ID 0001266 Dtd 23/12/16 Problem I got asked to do this at work this week, PLEASE BE AWARE, moving users about within AD may drastically change the way your 'User Group Policies' are being applied. So do some Group Policy Modelling beforehand, to avoid any problems. Solution In the example above, I've got ten users in a security group called 'Source-Group'. For simplicity, they are all in the same source OU as well, (but they don't...

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