Downgrading Active Directory Domain and Forest Functional Levels (Part 1)

Background With Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 approaching end of support, more organisations are upgrading their Operating Systems to the latest supported versions. Upgrading of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) requires a schema update, and ultimately raising the domain and forest functional levels. Customers are concerned that applications may stop functioning after raising the functional … Continue reading Downgrading Active Directory Domain and Forest Functional Levels (Part 1)

Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Domain, OU and Group Filtering

This is a continuation of a series on Azure AD Connect. The recently published blog post covers a quick introduction to the troubleshooting task available in Azure AD Connect. This post goes through options that are available in Azure AD Connect to apply filtering on objects that should be synchronized. I provide links to all … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Domain, OU and Group Filtering

AD: Nitty Gritty of Fine-Grained Password Policies

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory. Fine-Grained Password Policies (FGPP) have been around for a while, but in my experience with various customers, they aren't used often, if at all. This post is an attempt to simplify them, provide some details and list some … Continue reading AD: Nitty Gritty of Fine-Grained Password Policies

AD: Domain controllers – discover what you’ve got

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory. During an engagement with a customer a couple of years ago, I needed to identify some info regarding their domain controllers. They were in the process of deploying System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) at the time, but it … Continue reading AD: Domain controllers – discover what you’ve got

Tip: Capturing Devices to Manage in Intune Using Azure AD Connect

Working with customers who are starting their migration for identity and administration from on-premises to Azure, I see a couple options in the installation and configuration of Azure AD Connect that get missed. Particularly, once Azure AD Connect is installed and on-premises accounts are synced with Azure, customers find that their Active Directory managed devices … Continue reading Tip: Capturing Devices to Manage in Intune Using Azure AD Connect

AD: Discover what you’ve got

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory. I wrote a really basic script that will scour your domain and return some valuable information regarding its configuration. There are probably several things in the script that could be done differently and if I was to go … Continue reading AD: Discover what you’ve got

AGPM: The case of the missing GPT.ini file – a possible workaround

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory, amongst other technologies, including Advanced Group Policy Manager (AGPM). Have you ever deployed a GPO via AGPM only to experience either of the two situations? EventID 1058 (GroupPolicy) in a client’s System log or The follow message when … Continue reading AGPM: The case of the missing GPT.ini file – a possible workaround