Archive for the ‘Active Directory’ Category

Ctrl+Alt+Del takes forever to prompt for password

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

We saw an issue with a customer whose Ctrl+Alt+Del took forever to prompt for password. We looked at several things to try to figure it out. It was also happening when unlocking the workstations. We finally we found out…

Replace Windows 2003 Domain Controller

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

It is a known fact that servers reach the end of their lives. Some get there quicker than others, based on age, manufacturer, usage and several other factors. However, if your organization has spent time deploying Microsoft’s Active Directory server, you will know that replacing a Domain Controller and migrating everything Active Directory based over is not the easiest procedure you’ve ever performed.

Keep the “Advanced Features” view always on in Active Directory Users and Computers MMC

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

“Is there a way to keep the “Advanced Features” view always on?”

If you start a blank management console, add the ADUC snap-in, turn on Advanced Features view, and save the console, whenever you use *that* console file, Advanced Features will be on.

1. Launch a blank Microsoft Management Console: Start-> Run… mmc.exe

2. In the MMC menus, choose File->Add/Remove Snap-in… (or Ctrl+M)

3. Select “Active Directory Users and Computers” and hit the “Add >” button in the middle.

4. Hit OK to finish adding the snap-in.

5. Back in the console, select the Active Directory Users and Computers node under the “Console Root.”

6. Right-click on that ADUC node and choose “New Window from Here” in the menu.

7. In the MMC menus, choose  View->Advanced Features (this turns on the Attribute Editor, Security, Object, and other tabs as well as several other features in menus and makes other objects visible).

8. In the MMC menus, choose  File->Save (or Ctrl+S), specify a file name folder, file name, and hit the Save button.

9. In the MMC menus, choose  File->Options… and choose “User mode – limited access, single window,” then check the “Do not save changes to this console” checkbox, and finally hit OK.

10. In the MMC menus, choose “Save As…” and save under a different file name, and choose “Yes” when warned about the single window interface option.

11. In the MMC menus, choose File->Exit

12. Launch the second console you saved (in step 10) and use it – it should always have Advanced Features turned on.

13. If you need to make changes to other settings in the console, open the first console you saved (in step 8), adjust whatever other options you want, then repeat steps 9, 10, and 11 using a different file name in step 10 this time to distinguish the new settings.