Active Directory Related Whitepapers, Tech Documents, Scripts and How-To Guides
1. Microsoft In-Depth Guide to Password and Lockout Policy Settings (.doc)
Learn about Active Directory Password Policy settings and best-practice to ensure proper settings for your environment, especially if your organization must meet SOX, HIPAAA or PCI compliance guidelines.
2. Implementing a Change-Password Policy – Methods of Planning and Approach (.doc)
Planning to deploy a change-password policy in your current environment? Before you define that policy in AD, read a couple of different approaches that could save you time, headaches and end-user frustration.
3. Using Password Reminder PRO in a Hosted / Dedicated Exchange Environment (.doc)
No matter what your domain or mail architecture, Password Reminder PRO can blend right in and ensure your users receive password expiration reminders.
4. How to use Password Reminder PRO if your mail system is Groupwise Linux outsourced or other (.pdf)
Don’t run Exchange? You say your expiring password domain user accounts are not Exchange mail-enabled? No problem! Read how to deploy Password Reminder PRO for any mail system.
5. How the Domain Password Security Policy Functions in AD – Overview (.pdf)
Not sure where to set up that password policy setting in Active Directory? Make the mistake of setting the password expiration policy on an OU instead of the Root? Get the word straight from Microsoft’s architecture team and stop guessing. This is a must-read for any Windows domain administrator.
6. Script – Fix user accounts flagged as System accounts – the UserAccountControl AD attribute (.doc)
Are some of your user accounts not receiving a password expiration reminder, even though the password expires via policy? Have you migrated your user accounts from Novel or NT4, or using a custom user account creation script? Chances are those objects have an incorrect attribute that is causing the issue- Read how to fix it and use our handy script.
7. Script – Automatically add unique SMTP email addresses to all or some NT user accounts (.doc)
You have a ton of password-expiring users, but most of the accounts do not have an email address in the General properties tab for the account. How do you easily add unique and correct email addresses for your user objects in bulk? Read and use our script to save the day!
8. Script – Automate bulk creation of Domain User Accounts with SMTP Mailbox Address (.doc)
Fast, simple mass creation of uniquely-named domain user objects with SMTP mailbox addresses. So you’ve set up your test AD environment and need to input a lot of users, and doing it automatically would be great. Wouldn’t it also be fabulous if you could tack on a matching SMTP email address and set a password, and maybe set a few other account options?
9. How to Guide- Setting up a quick SMTP-POP internal mail service in a domain for testing (.doc)
Screenshots and instruction for setting up a SMTP internal mail service test environment complete with POP mailboxes, which you can use to test the mail sending function of Password Reminder PRO (or any other software that sends email). Sometimes, you may not want to test against your production Exchange or other mail system, and it is pretty simple to set this system up in your domain.
10. Guide – Troubleshooting Password Reminder PRO Not Sending Reminders to Users (doc)
Installing Password Reminder PRO is very simple, and can be run from a domain workstation or member server. Sometimes though, you will need to make some modifications to your infrastructure to allow successful communication of our software to your mail server and Active directory. This simple guide will walk you through some troubleshooting steps to help get you up and running.
11. Guide – Find & Fix Duplicate UPN (userPrincipalName) User Account Entries in Active Directory (doc)
In AD, all UPNs must be unique (example of a UPN is “email@example.com”). If you have duplicate UPNs on user accounts in Active Directory, it is essentially the same as having duplicate account logon names. Systems that rely on the UPN for processing user account logons will fail if duplicates exist in AD. This guide will walk you through quickly listing all UPNs in the domain and find the duplicates.