Power Broker (formerly Likewise)

Goal / Scope Successful Active Directory Authentication using Power Broker Open, formerly Likewise and configuration of settings. Background Likewise has been around for quite a while now and can be used to join a Linux or Mac computer to an Active Directory domain.  It makes quick and easy work of configuration that used to take […]

Update GPO Templates

Goal / Scope How to install additional GPO templates into an Active Directory environment.  This is limited to environments running Server 2008 or later Background Additional templates for managing devices and endpoints are often very useful.  The method for importing GPO templates into Group Policy for use has changed from previous versions of Windows server […]

Multiple Password Policies in an Active Directory Environment

Goal / Scope This information will identify the proper process for implementing fine-grain password polices, or implementing several different password policies in a single Active Directory domain.  By default, only a single password policy can only be set per domain.  Beginning in Windows 2008 Active Directory domains, the ability to set several password policies was […]

Clean Up Active Directory Domain Controller Manually (when dcpromo fails or isn’t an option)

Problem There are times a domain controller cannot be removed per Microsoft recommended best practices using dcpromo.  When this occurs the following guide has been the definitive method to properly and cleanly remove a domain controller from active directory. Background / Cause There are a number of reasons that a domain controller needs to be […]

Fix Active Directory Authentication / Login Ubuntu 13.10 and PowerBroker (Likewise-open)

Problem When attempting to authenticate and logon to a GUI on the Ubuntu 13.10 platform, it appears as if authentication is successful, and the desktop may even appear briefly, but then immediately returns to the logon screen.  Verification of the setup and configuration of PowerBroker shows no issues.  Also, a standard console logon works successfully.  […]

Group Policy: Windows Firewall setting to allow WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation)

Using Group Policy to enable WMI remote requests through the Windows Firewall It is always a good idea to enable the Windows firewall under the domain profile. Enabling the firewall can prevent needed functionality as well.  For example, in some scenarios it may be required to be able to interact with client workstations or servers […]