Monday morning – all domain services are down. No email, no logons – nothing. A crisis like this is not the time to learn about Active Directory recovery. The key to preventing an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) disaster is to understand and mitigate common risks beforehand. The first section in this article will cover those topics and preventive solutions. In the unlikely event that a disruption occurs, being familiar with the recovery tools and implementing your recovery plan will make this process much smoother. This will be discussed in section two.
146 attributes. On a Server 2012R2 domain with Exchange, a new user has 146 attributes ready to be populated. The more data put into Active Directory, the more useful it becomes. Consider an employee trying to find a colleague in the Global Address Book. If your user accounts contain job titles, locations, and account pictures, finding someone becomes a snap.
Your Active Directory structure defines your organization. Is it flexible? Does it easily adapt to innovation? Or is it rigid with boundaries preventing growth?
Think carefully about these questions. You can see just how important it is for you to have an Active Directory structure that exceeds the needs of your environment. Unfortunately, Active Directory organization is not a simple black and white choice.
Active Directory has been around a long time. No matter the version, administrators still make the same core mistakes. Some mistakes are simply inconveniences – such as using older versions of Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). Others can have major consequences.
Today, we are going to cover the five common mistakes that can have major consequences for your environment. These range from improper practices, potential data leaks, and full directory loss.