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I love PowerShell.  The more I learn the better it becomes. There are several versions of the Active Directory Schema available.  You must know what version you are running to fully understand the capabilities it allows for.  Below shows the different versions of the Active Directory Schema. The following link from MSDN should also update […]

Jan
14
Filed Under (Life of Brian) by on 14-01-2011

I’ve moved my blog over to use Word Press instead of the previous Community Server that it was hosted on.  Hopefully all the redirects are set up and the migration worked.  The URL has changed slightly and is now http://blog.msmvps.com/ad.  I’m still playing with the theme and picture (the current one is from last summer […]

While setting up some performance reports in Ops Mgr 2007 I’ve been getting an rsAccessDenied message when I try to dig down into the report. I setup and scheduled several performance reports to run every day and save them as a Web Archive.  I did so using an Admin account through the Ops Mgr console.  […]

Here is a few one-liner commands to help get info on your Active Directory environment.  I don’t think there is any mind blowing commands here but they’ve helped me out.  There are literally hundreds of these around the web as well as PowerShell ones but these are the ones that I’ve been using lately.  How […]

Time and time again I run into an issue that presents me with a SID which I need to resolve.  I’ve used a number of tools and scripts over the years to address this issue.  I think I have the best and easiest method for me to solve this issue that always seems to pop […]

I was thinking about writing a post about Active Directory replication but thankfully soon realized that by doing so I could be severely depriving my kids and wife of a happy life.  Its not that Active Directory replication is bad or harmful, its just that there is so much about it.  I don’t care who […]

I’ve blogged several times about the AD Recycle Bin (ADRB).  It has been a popular subject here at the Life of Brian and I can see why.  It is a feature all AD admins have been screaming about for years.  I wanted to spend 5 mins of your life going over two attributes that confuse […]

Aug
12

I do a lot meetings and training via Live Meeting.  One thing that has irked me for sometime has been that when I share my desktop it goes into a Basic display mode and disables all the cool Aero features. I’ve figured out a workaround to this.  After you share your screen go the start […]

You may be familiar with the traditional ways to transfer FSMO roles but how about by using PowerShell?  By now you should just know that PowerShell can do everything the GUI can do…well at least that is the way it feels to me.  If you want to use PowerShell to transfer any of your five […]

I grew up on the Atari 2600 and because of that it has a found place in my childhood memories.  I’ve played my fair share of Halo over the years too.  Well what if Bungie was around 30+ years ago and released their mega hit Halo on the 2600?  Dream no more… How cool is […]