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Adding active directory group to computer local administrator Group using Group Policy Object - Part 2

This is the second part of my earlier article Adding user to domain administrators from another cross domain - Part 1 where I setup cross domain trust and added cross domain user to AD administrators group for management purpose. After getting access over acquired company Active Directory domain co…

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Adding user to domain administrators from another cross domain - Part 1

I was working on one of the company acquiring project where I wanted to add users from another forest root domain to domain admins, but as Domain admins being global group, group that can be used in its own domain, in member servers and in workstations of the domain, and in trusting domains. In all …

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Solved: Esxi server cannot joined into active directory domain

I assigned one task to my junior colleagues to configure authentication services on vmware esxi servers (Join esxi server into domain), They reported to me that they are not able to join few esxi servers in the domain and giving error. They followed correct instructions as shown below from my earlie…

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Build a simple email server for home lab using hMailServer and Thunderbird

Since long time I was looking for very small and  lightweight email server for my lab, here I have hMailServer is to my rescue, it is very lightweight, opensource and free. It is just 4 MB of setup file, easy to setup and configure. Setup is available on https://www.hmailserver.com/, there is not m…

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Oneliner Microsoft Powershell Script Get members list from active directory group in excel

This is my tiny article on gathering members information from active directory groups using windows PowerShell in very easy, I have used one-liner script earlier for creating bulk ad users, This script will get all the members from group and export it to CSV, This is very handy when providing someon…

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Configuring a vCenter PSC Single sign-on Active directory Integrated windows authentication

In my one of the earlier article I shown ADDING AND CONFIGURING VMWARE VSPHERE VCENTER SSO ACTIVE DIRECTORY AS LDAP SERVER, That was one of the security best practices, Here I am going to perform the same task but will use Active directory integrated windows authentication way instead. For this fe…

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Join domain ESXi to an Active Directory OU : Powercli

I received request from my internal team to provide a small solution on Esxi Domain join and created when pulled it in domain computer account should be created in specific OU (Organization Unit). To perform this task first, we need complete OU path, to find it open Active Directory Users and Comp…

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Resolved: Esxi Join domain failed-Error in Active Directory Operations

This is some times common, you document something and if don't implement it or use something since long, you might forget knowledge or the issues you resolved earlier. I was automating join domain ESXi servers, while trying joining I was keep getting error: Errors in Active directory operations. I a…

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Powershell Active Directory: Show treeview of User or Group memberof hierarchy

After going through many testing and successfully streamlining most of the Users and Groups member of in active directory environment using Powershell Active Directory: List complete hierarchy of upstream nested groups recursively of User. I was still facing some of the issues, Earlier script was no…

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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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PART 2 : CONFIGURE AND PROMOTE ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

This is second part of PART 1 : INSTALL ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION, I configured Windows Server 2012 R2, and installed only Active Directory Domain Services role, Now it should be promoted to domain controller. Click Promote this server to a domain controller when you…

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