Active Directory – Change User’s Password – Resolution

  Preface In a previous post, I spoke of a SMK ( Shaking My Head ) moment I was having. I couldn't change a password assigned to a newly created Service Account. The post is here.     Problem Identification Thankfully, I have friends in high places or at least friends who are not so dim. … Continue reading Active Directory – Change User’s Password – Resolution

Active Directory – Disabling User’s Ability to Change His\Her Password – Through Group Policy

Background Let us disable the user's ability to Change his/her own password.   Installation Let us download and install Group Policy MS Windows 2003 Download Unfortunately, we are on MS Windows 2003. And, so we will download that OS Specific install binary. The Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) unifies … Continue reading Active Directory – Disabling User’s Ability to Change His\Her Password – Through Group Policy

Active Directory – Change User’s Password – Erroring

  Preface This is a difficult post as it does not demonstrate a remedying process. It merely demonstrates a stumbling block, we ran into as we tried to change an Active Directory Service Account's password. BTW, a couple of choices for changing an AD's Account password are documented here.   Changing AD User Password : … Continue reading Active Directory – Change User’s Password – Erroring

Active Directory – Change User’s Password

  Background Requested a few Service Accounts so that we can run a few SQL Server Instances using them. I need to change the password to something a lot tighter. Got a nice one from Norton Identity Safe; which is here.   Change Password We can change using UI.   UI UI - Self Change … Continue reading Active Directory – Change User’s Password

“Active Directory Users & Computers” on MS Windows 7

Background Really missing "Active Directory Users and Computers" on my MS Windows box.   Download Downloaded Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) from here.   Installed Installed Windows6.1-KB958830-x64-RefreshPkg.msu as my box is 64 bit.   Scripts Documentation As opted not to use GUI, needs to know the arguments to pass to … Continue reading “Active Directory Users & Computers” on MS Windows 7

Active Directory Query using ADSI/VBScript

Background Microsoft's Active Directory is likely one of the most widely deployed LDAP Server. Every Application needs User authentication, but unfortunately the code can be written so deep in the Application that the error code and messages gets lost from suppression. Thankfully, ADSI makes quick work of it. Here is Microsoft's definition of ADSI: ADSI https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa772170%28v=vs.85%29.aspx Active … Continue reading Active Directory Query using ADSI/VBScript

Windows – Windows Script Host/VBScript – Getting Full Name of Network User

Background Here I am with a Network Logon, but no corresponding Fullname.   Windows AD Tools Depending on the version of Windows, we can quickly put together a script for getting the information.   If invalid username, you will get :   If valid user, you will get something such as :   Code VBScript … Continue reading Windows – Windows Script Host/VBScript – Getting Full Name of Network User