An Invalid Directory Pathname Was Passed
Jul28

An Invalid Directory Pathname Was Passed

KB ID 0001338 Dtd 28/07/17 Problem While attempting to delegate administration of an OU, I got this error; Delegation of Control Wizard The wizard cannot retrieve security information from the Active Directory. An invalid directory pathname was passed. Solution Took a while to figure out! The OU in question has a ‘slash’ in the name of it; Once I changed this to a hyphen, the error ceased. Related Articles, References,...

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Using LDP to Find an Objects ‘Distinguished Name’ in Active Directory
Jul27

Using LDP to Find an Objects ‘Distinguished Name’ in Active Directory

KB ID 0001337¬†Dtd 27/07/17 Problem There are a few occasions when you need to know an objects ‘Distinguished Name’ (DN). For me it’s usually when I’ve got a device that needs to do LDAP/LDAPS lookups, (RSA Appliance, Netscaler, Cisco FirePOWER, etc). Today someone needed to ‘bind’ a Checkpoint firewall to Active Directory, and asked me to create user, and give them the DN and password. I’ve...

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Windows – Unable to Move an OU
Jul26

Windows – Unable to Move an OU

KB ID 0001336 Dtd 26/07/17 Problem I was doing some AD redesign work for a client this week, and I needed to move an Organisational Unit (OU). However the domain had other ideas; Active Directory Domain Services Windows cannot move object {OU-Name} because: Access is denied. It wasn’t a rights issue, (I was an Enterprise Administrator).¬† ¬† Solution As it turns out, it was the same problem I’d had back when Server 2008...

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Windows Folder Redirection
Jun10

Windows Folder Redirection

KB ID 0000467 Dtd¬†10/06/17 Problem Q: What is Folder Redirection? A: Essentially you can take folders that hold things¬†like your “My documents” or your “Favorites” folder, and put them out on a network server, which is¬†great if you want to back that sort of information up for disaster recovery. Q:¬†What’s the difference between this and a roaming / roving profile? A: Folder redirection keeps information on...

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Microsoft PKI Planning and Deploying Certificate Services Part 3
May15

Microsoft PKI Planning and Deploying Certificate Services Part 3

KB ID 0001312 Dtd 15/05/17 Problem Following on from Part Two, now we have an offline Root CA, and a CRL server, our next step is defined by our PKI design, are we three tier, or two tier? (Look in Part One for a definition). Solution As previously mentioned, Microsoft just treats Intermediate CAs and Issuing CA’s as the same thing (SubCAs). So the next step is identical for either. But I would suggest one difference, If I was...

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WannaCry – Protect Yourself
May15

WannaCry – Protect Yourself

KB ID 0001311 Dtd 15/05/17 Problem Last Friday, the IT world was hit by another attack, WannaCry is a Ransomware infection, that exploits a hole in the windows SMB Protocol. This hole was patched back in March, (Security update MS17-010) so if your, (windows update supported systems) have updates enabled, you will probably already be protected. Why were big organisations like the NHS hit? Primarily because they have systems that are...

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