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  • Review

    First look: Windows Azure Active Directory preview

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 8:12 am

    It's lacking enough functionality to make it worth waiting for subsequent versions, Jonathan Hassell says, unless you're building Azure apps right now.
  • Configuring password complexity in Windows and Active Directory

    Posted May 20, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    You may be a Unix devotee, but if your organization uses both Windows and Unix systems, you need to understand how password complexity is configured on both platforms.
  • Leveraging Active Directory as your single source for authentication and authorization

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    As the role of Active Directory evolves and becomes a central component of your infrastructure, consider the following steps to improve your security posture and your ability to facilitate productive business.
  • Active Directory: 10 years old and thinking cloud

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:02 pm

    Ten years ago, Microsoft released its Active Directory technology to skepticism that it could build an infrastructure technology to anchor user management and access control. Today the software is an integral part of nearly every corporate network and stands ready for its next frontier: public and private clouds.
  • Optimizing Exchange and Active Directory Backup and Recovery

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    To optimize backup and recovery of Exchange and Active Directory environments, organizations can leverage a growing number of advanced tools that overcome the challenges of traditional approaches. These new tools give businesses a more simplified and streamlined process that reduces their backup windows, provides continuous protection and delivers efficient granular recovery of the critical business information.
  • Active Directory comes to Linux with Samba 4

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Enterprise networks now have an alternative choice to Microsoft Active Directory (AD) servers, with the open source Samba project aiming for feature parity with the forthcoming release of version 4, according to Canberra-based Samba developer Andrew Bartlett.
  • Windows tip: Re-using domain controller names

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    You have five domain controllers named SEA-DC1 thru SEA-DC5. The physical hardware for SEA-DC3 is getting kind of old, so you do the following:
  • Windows tip: Tracking changes to active directory

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Do you have trouble sleeping at night, worrying that one of your admins or delegated users might change some aspect of your Active Directory environment?
  • Nesting Organizational Units Too Deeply

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 7:00 am

    On why nesting organizational unitess too deeply can lead to grief in an Active Directory environment.
  • Windows Tip: A classic Active Directory mistake

    Posted April 30, 2007 - 10:22 am

    If you're spinning off a part of your business into a separate unit, migrate your Active Directory, don't split it. There's a risk you could put it into an unsupportable state.
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