Microsoft has today issued a critical patch for every supported version of Windows that fixes a fifteen year old bug (named JASBUG) that could allow attackers to remotely take control of computers joined to an Active Directory domain. See Microsoft’s blog for more information: http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2015/02/10/ms15-011-amp-ms15-014-hardening-group-policy.aspx
To update most attributes with AD Bulk Users you simply add the sAMAccountName (username to be updated) followed by a Modify column with the value set to TRUE (tells the program to update an existing user) followed by the attributes to be updated. Example: sAMAccountName,Modify,telephoneNumber,description jsmith,TRUE,123-456-789,Senior Manager Updating the cn (Common-Name) attribute is different as it treated differently within the program due it being used to construct the distinguishedName. So finally to update the cn attribute use the column Rename rather than cn. The example below would update the cn and the displayName. Example: sAMAccountName,Modify,Rename,displayName jsmith,TRUE,John Smith,John Smith You can… read more →
Hi all, Version 2.5 of AD Self Password Reset is now complete. We’ve added some great new features in this release, one such feature is ‘Privileged Users’. This allows the ‘privileged users’ group to reset the passwords of the ‘managed users’ group. The ideal scenario for this is teachers being given the ability to reset their students’ passwords right there in the classroom, no need to call the helpdesk. Thanks to your feedback we’re improving AD Self Password Reset all the time, please keep your feedback coming.
From time to time its worth running a health check on your Active Directory to make sure everything is running smoothly. We occassionally get a support questions that after some investigation boil down to an issue with the domain. Below we’ve listed some common areas to check and commands you can run to make sure your domain is healthy. – Event Viewer – Domain Controller Diagnostics Tool (Dcdiag.exe) – Network Diagnostics Tool (Netdiag.exe) – Replication – DNS – Defragmentation Event logs Checking the Event Viewer is the first place to visit, make sure you re-check the logs after you make… read more →
AD Bulk Export version 4 the latest version of our Active Directory export tool is now available to download. It is a significant upgrade over version 3, to start with version 4 is now 1500% quicker and uses 75% less RAM! You can now select a mix of OUs and groups to retrieve the users, contacts, groups or computer from using our suberb new AD tree browser. Version 4 now contains a built-in scheduler so you can easily schedule exports of data from Active Directory at intervals you decide. You can now export Excel (.xls) and PDF as well as… read more →
AD Bulk Users 184.108.40.206 is now available, in this incremental release it is now possible to import photos for into the thumbnailPhoto attribute, this has become popular recently with Microsoft using the thumbnailPhoto attribute in Outlook 2010. AD Bulk Users will check you are using a .jpg image and that the image size is smaller than 10KB and its dimensions are less than 96 x 96 pixels, whilst on the subject of photos it’s worth pointing out that support for the jpegPhoto attribute was added back in April this supports a bigger image (25KB and 200×200 pixels) but note this… read more →
Now your users can put a face to a name by using Outlook 2010, one of many great new feature in Outlook 2010 is the ability to view a small photo of other users. This is done by reading the photo from Active Directory, the thumbnailPhoto attribute has been available in Active Directory since Windows 2000 but no Microsoft products (that I know of!) have used it until now. thumbnailPhoto attribute displayed in Outlook 2010 With AD Photos we’ve created a simple but incredibly useful tool for importing single and multiple photos into Active Directory, you can view existing photos… read more →
AD Bulk Contacts now includes support for Exchange 2010, note the Exchange 2010 management tools can only be installed on Windows 7, Vista SP2, Windows 2008 SP2, 2008 R2 Microsoft Technet article on how to Install the Exchange 2010 Management Tools: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb232090.aspx
Happy New Year! AD Bulk Users 3.3 is now available, in this release we’ve made some changes to the way AD Bulk Users creates new users and we’ve gained a significant speed increase, approx 10x faster in our tests when compared to the previous version, for those that import a large number of users on a regular basis this is a big improvement. Microsoft Exchange 2010 is now supported! AD Bulk Users now includes support for Exchange 2010, perfomance when creating mailboxes during import is the same as it was for 2007, from what we’ve seen so far Exchange 2010… read more →
When importing a large number of users into Active Directory it is possible that 2 or more users will share the same name. When using AD Bulk Users the users first name (givenName attribute) and second name (sn attribute) are used internally by the program to construct the Common-Name (cn attribute), this cn value is used by Active Directory to construct the distinguishedName which has to be unique as its value is the path to the user object, for example ‘CN=John Smith,OU=Managers,DC=domain,DC=com’.