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SOFTERRA ADAXES - A new way to manage Active Directory

What is Adaxes?
Adaxes is a rescuer for any Active Directory, Exchange and Office 365 environment. It gives additional features automates repetitive everyday operations, enhances security, enforces standards and reduces the load on your IT department. Managing your IT environment with Adaxes is sim…

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Powershell Active Directory: ADGroup Managedby - Checkbox Manager can update membership list

I found one of the query "How to click checkbox manager can update membership list on Active directory group using powershell" on the whatsapp group Powershell scripting. There is already official MicroSoft blog written for same purpose and there are two parts to it and they are worth reading. I wen…

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Active Directory Powershell: Aduser A value for the attribute was not in the acceptable range of values

While writing and testing script Active Directory Powershell: Create bulk users from CSV file, Simulating single user creation I came across an error. This error says.

New-ADUser : A value for the attribute was not in the acceptable range of values
At line:1 char:1
+ New-ADUser -Name TestUse…

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Active Directory Powershell: Create bulk users from CSV file

Creating bulk multiple user accounts on Active Directory Users and Computers mmc console is very boring and tough task also it is most of the time consuming and error prone tend to be lots of mistakes. If same task is done using automation it will be interesting and happen in less time. Active direc…

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VMWare Powercli: Time Configuration (NTP - Network Time Protocol) on multiple Esxi server

This blog is related to my earlier blog vSphere ESXi security best practices: Time configuration - (NTP) Network Time Protocol, This is Powercli part of same article. Login into vCenter server, For more details check VMWARE VSPHERE POWERCLI INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION STEP BY STEP.

To add nt…

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vSphere ESXi security best practices: Time configuration - (NTP) Network Time Protocol

By default NTP - Network time protocol service is disabled on esxi server. ESXi servers always should be configured with NTP for below reasons.

Logs: Very first good reason is logs (events, /var/log). If your Esxi is not synchronized with Time server correctly, Details in logs will show incorrect…

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Powershell one liner: Create multiple user accounts

I had an opportunity to teach PowerShell Active Directory basics to some of my junior subordinate, Where I wanted them to show few test cases on creating multiple active directory user accounts, After building active directory from scratch, As this was the demo example lab, accounts created  running…

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POWERSHELL ACTIVE DIRECTORY: ADD OR UPDATE PROXYADDRESSES IN USER PROPERTIES ATTRIBUTE EDITOR

This was second script I wrote for user migrating from domain change (exchange to office 365). (Although I have basic knowledge of Exchange server, but I was involved due to my PowerShell scripting knowledge), Requirement was adding new email address to ProxyAddresses under Attribute Editor (AD User…

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POWERSHELL ACTIVE DIRECTORY: ADD OR UPDATE (CHANGE) MANAGER NAME IN ORGANIZATION TAB OF USER

I am sharing few of the scripts I wrote long back to change/update Users information in Active directory,  It was required me while migrating Active directory to Office 365. One of the script was adding or change manager name in organization tab of User properties. (All user names used here are fict…

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WINDOWS VCENTER 6.5: VCENTER VPXD AND OTHER SERVICES MISSING OR NOT EXIST IN SERVICES.MSC

Recently while troubleshooting VMWare vCenter 6.5 on Microsoft windows, I found some necessary services either missing or does not exist. Crucial services like VMware vcenter (VPXD), Vmware Single sign on and other services simply missing. Earlier I thought this could be because it might have upgrad…

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AWARDED VMWARE VEXPERT AGAIN FOR 2017

I am honored today again to see the announcement that I was awarded the title vExpert for the 4th year in a row.

vExpert is a title that VMware awards to those that have made significant contributions to the VMware community.  The title doesn’t show a particular level of technical expertise; but …

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TOP 10 AUDIT REPORTS FOR ACTIVE DIRECTORY WITH LEPIDEAUDITOR SUITE

Top 10 Audit Reports for Active Directory with LepideAuditor Suite

Recently I received change to doing POC in my organization for LepideAuditor Suite on Regular auditing, And I had to create a POC report, here I am sharing the same. monitoring and alerting on Active Directory activity helps contr…

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MICROSOFT AZURE ERROR REGISTERING RESOURCE PROVIDERS CODE AUTHORIZATION FAILED

Recently I got new task on providing solution and architecting design for one of the project migration to Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global networ…

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PART 3 : (ADMT) ACTIVE DIRECTORY MIGRATION TOOL REPORTING

I did successful migration of Active Directory objects between domain. It was time to create reporting of migrated users and other AD objects, As I had given access to my other colleagues to AD migration, it was necessary to have some reporting in case if there is any mistake to rectify. Reporting c…

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PART 2 : MIGRATE ACTIVE DIRECTORY USERS TO ANOTHER DOMAIN USING ADMT

As below diagram I have few users in Parent domain (vcloud-lab.com) and I will be migrating them to Child domain (child.vcloud-lab.com) using ADMT tool installed earlier in PART 1
 Active Directory migration tools ADMT DiagramHere are some gotchas I found while using ADMT Tool (Active Directory Migration Tool) between Parent and child dom…

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PART1 : INSTALLING ADMT TOOL (ACTIVE DIRECTORY MIGRATION TOOL)

Recently I was involved into new child domain creation in Active Directory, and another major task was migrating existing certain Users, Groups, Computers and other objects from Parent root domain to child domain for management delegation purpose. This Users and other AD objects were part of one of …

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PART 2 : VCENTER SERVER 6.0 INSTALLATION ON WINDOWS 2012 R2

PART 1 : VCENTER SQL DATABASE AND ODBC DSN CREATION

I am writing in this article to install vCenter server 6.0 from scratch. This will be multiple part blog.

Before you begin, make sure that you read the vSphere 6 upgrade guide, the vSphere 6 release notes, the Hardware and Guest OS Compatibility Guide and the Product Interoperability Matrix …

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DSC (DESIRED STATE CONFIGURATION) : DEPLOYING ACTIVE DIRECTORY

This is my 3rd Part on installing and configuring Active Directory domain controller using PowerShell DSC (Desired State Configuration), Earlier in Part 1 : Install and configure AD using GUI way, and in the Part 2 : Normal PowerShell commands are used to do the same task. 

Powershell DSC (Desi…

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THE POWERSHELL PROVIDER DOES NOT EXIST AT THE POWERSHELL MODULE PATH NOR IS IT REGISTERED AS A WMI PROVIDER

After resolving A NETBIOS DOMAIN NAME MUST BE SPECIFIED, I got below error while installing and configuring Active Directory through Powershell Desired State Configuration. 

The PowerShell provider xActiveDirectory does not exist at the PowerShell module path nor is it registered as a WMI provide…

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