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Inside Webster’s Lab: Creating Active Directory Organizational Units, Users, Groups and Computers

December 31, 2014

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With all the writing I do for my website and customers, I recreate my Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory (AD) environment frequently.  I thought I would show you how, in just a few seconds, I recreate my entire AD structure.

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Webster’s Citrix Documentation Scripts and Microsoft PowerShell Version 3

September 10, 2013

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I am in the process of creating V4 of the PVS and XenApp documentation scripts.  As part of the process I wanted to make sure all the current and future scripts worked with PowerShell Version 3.

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Default Domain Group Policy – What Should Be Configured?

August 10, 2013

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Ever since I started working with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) in July 2001, I have always wondered what should be configured in the Default Domain Group Policy Object (GPO).  I have had a couple of my AD mentors tell me what should be in the Default Domain GPO and I have parroted their recommendation for […]

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Creating a Group Policy using Microsoft PowerShell to Configure the Authoritative Time Server

August 8, 2013

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In my 10 Things in AD… presentations, I talk about the importance of having the domain controller that holds the Primary Domain Controller Emulator (PDCe) role configured as the authoritative time source for the forest.  In the PDF that accompanies the presentations, I include a link to a Microsoft Ask the Directory Service Team blog […]

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What Happens to the FSMO Roles When the Domain Controller That Holds Them is Demoted

August 7, 2013

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At Briforum 2013 Chicago, after my session on More Things in AD…, someone asked me a question.  The question was “What happens to the FSMO roles when the domain controller that holds them is demoted and is no longer a domain controller?”  The person asking the question was wondering, in an emergency, if a  domain […]

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A Look Inside Webster’s Lab Phase 2

July 26, 2013

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I am in the process of rebuilding my lab with Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V 3 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).  This rebuilding project has become quite a learning experience.  This article highlights some of the “learning opportunities” I was blessed with (sarcasm intended).

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Provisioning Services 7 and Server 2012 Group Managed Service Account

June 29, 2013

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Citrix released Provisioning Services version 7 (PVS7) with support for running on Microsoft Windows Server 2012.  Server 2012 has a really nice new feature called Group Managed Service  Accounts (gMSA).  Even though Citrix had to test installing PVS7 on Server 2012, I found out that Citrix never tested using gMSA for the Stream or SOAP […]

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