Backing up and Restoring GPOs using the GPMC

Without the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) administration of Group Policy takes patience, imagination, and thorough understanding of the property sheets within the Active Directory Users and Computers. The GPMC solves these problems by providing a very intuitive interface for managing all aspects of Group Policy. This article will discuss…

Accessing resources across forests

ccessing resources across forests When two Windows Server 2003 forests are connected by a forest trust, authentication requests made using the Kerberos V5 or NTLM protocols can be routed between forests to provide access to resources in both forests. For more information about routing authentication requests across forests, see Routing name suffixes across…

RESTORING ACTIVE DIRECTORY USING WBADMIN AND NTDSUTIL

You can use wbadmin, which is the command-line component of the WindowsServer Backup snap-in, to perform a nonauthoritative restore of Active Directory, which restores a single Active Directory domain controller to its state before the backupwbadmin start sysstaterecovery -version:MM/DD/YYYY-HH:MM-backuptarget:targetDrive:-machine: BackupComputerName-quiet Rebooted your domain controller intoDirectory Services Restore Mode, and that you have already…

Windows 2008 backup with wbadmin & ntdsutil

Open the command prompt: C: ntdsutilntdsutil: help -> to access the help filesntdsutil: IFMntdsutil: Activate Instance NTDSntdsutil: IFMifm: help -> to access the help filesifm: Create Full %s(the backup folder name) C: wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:d(the backup drive): wbadmin restoreC: wbadmin get versionsC: wbadmin start systemstaterecovery version: (location)C: ntdsutil ntdsutil: activate…

How the Global Catalog Works

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 In a multidomain Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS) forest, the global catalog provides a central repository of domain information for the forest by storing…

Transferring FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2008

The five FSMO roles are: Schema Master Domain Naming Master Infrastructure Master Relative ID (RID) Master PDC Emulator The FSMO roles are going to be transferred, using the following three MMC snap-ins : Active Directory Schema snap-in : Will be used to transfer the Schema Master role Active Directory Domains and Trusts…

Do Not Display Last User Name

Windows Server 2008 and SBS 2008 can be configured using a Group Policy (GPO) to clear the last user name from the log on screen. In an environment where there is a lot of computer sharing, “hot desking” or you are just security conscious you may want to clear the…

force background colour with GPO centred wallpaper

The background image is an option already User->Policies->Admin Templates->Desktop->Desktop->Desktop Wallpaper. The desktop color is not however, you'll need to create an ADM file an import it. Here's the file I use: CLASS USER CATEGORY "Desktop" CATEGORY "Custom" KEYNAME "Control PanelColors" POLICY "Background color" EXPLAIN "Allow you to control the background color…