Microsoft has released a great new free Windows 8 app…Server Posterpedia!Server Posterpedia is an interactive app that uses technical posters as a reference for understanding Microsoft technologies.
You can download the app using the following URL: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/nl-NL/app/server-posterpedia/f988071c-66dc-4281-8028-637ac0f09061 or in the App Store! How cool is that!
Today I had to perform an Active Directory upgrade. I installed some new Windows 2008 R2 domain controllers. After a succesfull installation, I wanted to transfer the FSMO roles to the new domain controller(s). Four of the five went well, but how to transfer the Schema Master…?? There was no MMC snap-in available! This is the trick…
1.) Open a command prompt
2.) Type the command: regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll
3.) Open the Microsoft Management Console (mmc)
4.) Add the following snap-in: Active Directory Schema
5.) Right-click on the snap-in and select Change Active Directory Domain Controller
6.) Select one of the new installed domain controllers
7.) Right-click again and slect Operations Master
8.) Hit Change and select OK
9.) The Schema Master role is now transfered to the domain controller
10.) Check all the FSMO roles with the following command netdom /query FSMO
If you want to create a large amount of test user accounts in your domain, you can use the following command to quickly add all the user accounts! This will save you a lot of time…. 😉
FOR /L %i in (1,1,100) DO dsadd user “cn=User%i,ou=Gebruikers,dc=exchange,dc=local” -samid User%i -upn User%i@Exchange.local -fn User%i -display User%i -pwd P@sswOrd -disabled no
Today I was testing some things in my Exchange 2007 environment. For this test I’ve to create 100 new users in Active Directory. So I’ve created a little script that made all the new users for me.
In this script I use the command line tool dsadd.
dsadd user “CN=Testuser01,OU=Gebruikers,DC=testlab,DC=local” -upn firstname.lastname@example.org -fn testuser01 -pwd P@$$W@rd
dsadd user “CN=Testuser02,OU=Gebruikers,DC=testlab,DC=local” -upn email@example.com -fn testuser02 -pwd P@$$W@rd
dsadd user “CN=Testuser03,OU=Gebruikers,DC=testlab,DC=local” -upn firstname.lastname@example.org -fn testuser03 -pwd P@$$W@rd
dsadd user “CN=Testuser04,OU=Gebruikers,DC=testlab,DC=local” -upn email@example.com -fn testuser04 -pwd P@$$W@rd
dsadd user “CN=Testuser05,OU=Gebruikers,DC=testlab,DC=local” -upn firstname.lastname@example.org -fn testuser05 -pwd P@$$W@rd
All of you now that you cannot change multiple passwords of the user objects in the Active Directory through the Grafical User Interface (GUI). You’ve to click all the users one by one and so you can change the password of that specific user. There’s some good news 🙂 Default in Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 there’s a command net user. With this command you’re abble to change the password of multiple users in the Active Directory. Let’s do this in my testenvironment.
- Open the commandline
- Run the following command, net user. Now you get an overview of all the user objects in the Active Directory
- Open notepad
- Copy and past the right user and add the following things
- net user <username> <password>
- Be sure that the new password meets the configured Password Policy of your Defautl Domain Policy.
So you can see this will save you a lot of time….. 😉
With the following script you can yoin a workstation to a domain. Copy the script into notepad and save it as an batchfile.
netdom.exe JOIN %COMPUTERNAME% /Domain:corp.local
/UserD:WSimport /PasswordD:*** /OU:”OU=Workstations,DC=corp,DC=local”
Make sure the user you use in the script has administrative rights, so this user can join the workstations into de domain corp.local.