Softerra Adaxes Bloghttps://www.adaxes.comAdaxes blogen-usHow to Keep Your AD Up and Running<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Keep%20your%20up%20%20and%20running%20(2).png" alt="" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Microsoft's Active Directory has been around for a very long time, since its debut as part of Windows Server 2000. Since those early days, there have been plenty of changes, improvements and schema updates to improve the platform which has become so popular, and a key component of most Windows based environments. However, there hasn't been much of a focus on ways to clean up the Organizational Units (OUs) and objects inside them; that is left up to you to do for yourself.<br /> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 an OU Design that Works for You<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Choosing%20man.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> If you're a Windows Systems Administrator, then you've probably had to manage Active Directory Users and Computers. To the uninitiated, it can seem simple - it's just a bunch of computers and users in a folder-like structure known as Organizational Units (OUs). However, understanding the hows and whys of designing the structure in certain ways to meet your company needs is an important consideration. If it's not done right from the start, it can be a project in itself to unravel the resulting mess to bring it all back to a manageable state.<br /> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 PowerShell Scripts into Automated Workflows<img src="/uploads/blog/source/PowerShell-Scripts.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> In the <a href="/blog/hot-automation-topics-for-2018.html" target="_blank">first part of this series</a>, I talked about the importance of automation, and simplification of automation, for the systems administrator of 2018. Adopting technologies that can automate common, labour-intensive tasks but do not contribute to a huge increase in complexity is, I believe, vital. By allowing administrators to quickly and easily configure processes that reliably perform manual tasks, you remove both the overhead of time to create them and the potential for human error.<br /> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Automation Topics for 2018<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Hot%20Automation%20Topics%20for%202018_1.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> I see a lot of buzz in the industry about IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, blockchain and voice activation. But these are all technologies that require a substantial amount of investment, evangelization, and a defined jump to a newer way of working. Whilst they may be able to provide excellent services in the future, they are still very much at an embryonic stage when it comes to enterprise adoption.<br /> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Different Types of Groups with Microsoft Exchange <img src="/uploads/blog/source/AD-groups-with-Exchange.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> On-premises Microsoft Exchange supports three types of Active Directory groups security groups, distribution groups and dynamic distribution groups. Each group has its own purpose and limitations, so which group should you use when?<br /> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 New Year’s Resolutions Ideas for Sysadmins<img src="/uploads/blog/source/New%20Years%20Resolutions.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> The year 2018 is here and you probably already have your New Years resolutions. Eating healthier food, going to the gym, learning a new foreign language, all these things are most probably present on your list. These are personal goals and promises, but what about the professional ones?<br /> Heres a list of five ideas that you can add to your New Years resolutions list to make your AD management life better in 2018.<br /> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Automation Make IT Jobs Obsolete<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Automation%20Take%20Over%20IT%20Jobs_1.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> Being left obsolete due to incoming power of automation is a common fear among the IT pros community. Especially with all the media stories about the rise of neural networks and AI that pop up almost every day, its really tempting to jump on the hype train and start the panic. So, will all the admin jobs eventually be taken by robots?<br /> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Shadow Group Maintenance<img src="/uploads/blog/source/shad.png" alt="" width="700" height="400" /><br /> In one of our previous articles we discussed <a href="/blog/active-directory-group-membership-management.html" target="_blank">automating group membership management</a>. But there is a specific type of groups that deserves a bit more attention. Shadow groups.<br /> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Self-Service for Remote Users<img src="/uploads/blog/source/password%20SS%20remote%20users.png" alt="self-password-reset-for-remote-users" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Users often take their domain-joined laptops away from companys premises. They can go on a business trip or just take a computer home to finish some work over the weekend. However, if they forget their password, they get locked away completely, which can become a real problem. Even if they can get to the help desk and get their password reset, they still need to wait until they come back and connect to the companys network to be able to log in.<br /> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Can Educational Institutions Benefit from IAM<img src="/uploads/blog/source/education-iam.png" alt="identity-management-education" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Managing an AD environment in an educational institution is in many ways similar to any other IT shop, but with some specific challengers on top. For example, in addition to the everyday routine, that can be quite complex by itself, IT departments in schools and universities get those super intense periods of extra load, when new students come in and the old ones leave. Solving such situations with manual management is extremely inefficient, leaving a lot of headroom for improvement.<br /> This is where IAM solutions like Adaxes come into the game. In this article well be looking at some of the most useful features that can significantly improve the AD management experience.<br /> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Directory Management A to Z<img src="/uploads/blog/source/active-directory_a-to-z.png" alt="active-directory_a-to-z" width="700" height="400" /><br /> In this article we cover Active Directory management top to bottom. A to Z. Literally.<br /> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Directory Group Membership Management<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Title.png" alt="ad-group-membership" width="700" height="400" /><br /> If you are running an Active Directory environment in your organization, chances are that you waste a lot of time on manually adding user to some groups and removing them from the others. Its one of most common everyday tasks thats fundamental to AD management, so its really hard to do anything about it. Or is it?<br /> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000 to Maintain Data Integrity in Active Directory<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Maintain%20Data%20Integrity.png" alt="" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Keeping all your data standardized is essential for efficient Active Directory management. Not only is it important for ease of use, but also for things like compliance and auditing. In Adaxes its done using a feature called Property Patterns, which allows you to enforce your companys data standards and be sure that theyre always obeyed.<br /> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 to Communicate Initial Passwords to New Users<img src="/uploads/blog/source/123.png" alt="Communicating-initial-password_adaxes" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Creating an initial password for newly hired employees is an important part of user provisioning. Despite it being only a one-time procedure, it's not as simple as it sounds. In fact, doing it wrong can cause a lot of security problems. So, let's find out, how to do it properly.<br /> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 2017.1 Is Now Available<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Upgrade_Adaxes2017_11_1.jpg" alt="adaxes-new-2017-1" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Hey, folks! Adaxes 2017.1 is now available and is waiting for you to go grab it. In this update weve brought you new features for Password Self-Service, improvements for Send SMS functionality and other important enhancements and fixes.<br /> Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000 to Delegate PowerShell Scripts<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Delegating%20PowerShell%20Scripts.png" alt="" width="700" height="400" /><br /> If you are running an Active Directory shop, you most probably have PowerShell scripts running in it. Its a great way to execute tasks that are specific to your environment and automate them. However, its only convenient while you and your fellow admins are the only ones using them. But what if you are not? How do you properly delegate PowerShell scripts to non-administrators?<br /> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Signs You Need Active Directory Automation<img src="/uploads/blog/source/5TA_Cover.png" alt="AD-automation_5-signs" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Automation is a thing of scale. Once your IT environment becomes big enough, its time to stop doing things manually and start relying on machines to do their job. But how can you possibly know that you have arrived at that point? How can you see that its time to automate?<br /> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Directory Recovery – Everything you need to know before you need it<img src="/uploads/blog/source/AD_recovery_3.png" alt="active-directory-recovery" width="700" height="400" /><br /> 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.Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Executives Have Admin Rights<img src="/uploads/blog/source/execs.png" alt="Should-Execs-Get-Admin-Rights" width="698" height="400" /><br /> To give or not to give that is the question.<br /> Heres a common dilemma. One day your boss comes into the IT department and asks you for admin rights. Because the boss needs to be in control and be able to do and access everything in the IT environment. So, what do you do? Just add the account to the default administrators group and hope for the best?<br /> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 User Lifecycle Mismanagement: Why It’s Killing Your Company <img src="/uploads/blog/source/2222.png" alt="" width="698" height="400" /><br /> This webinar is about solving the problem of user mismanagement in Active Directory. Nick, Anton and Eugene go over the typical problems that most IT environments have, explain how to tackle them and what tools to use.<br /> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 to Manage Active Directory from Linux or macOS<img src="/uploads/blog/source/AD-Management-Linux-macOS.png" alt="" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Active Directory is one of the best products Microsoft has ever released. It is a basis for thousands and thousands of IT environments all around the world. However, to provide efficient AD management you usually had to limit yourself to the OS on your actual working computer Windows.<br /> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 10 Tips and Tricks for Active Directory Management<img src="/uploads/blog/source/01_2_1.png" alt="active-directory-tips" width="698" height="400" /><br /> For over 1.5 years we have been bringing you Active Directory tips and tricks on a daily basis <a href="" target="_blank">via Twitter</a>.Based on that experience and using your feedback we have gathered a list of top-10 useful advices that will help you improve your AD management experience.<br /> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Months with Adaxes<img src="/uploads/blog/source/6Month_withAdaxes.jpg" alt="6-months-with-Adaxes-Adam-Fowler" width="698" height="400" /><br /> Adam Fowler is an IT expert who <a href="" target="_blank">reviewed Adaxes</a> back in January 2016. After the review he was impressed enough with the product to actually buy alicense and he was using Adaxes since then in his actual work environment. Now he shares his impressions after six months of active usage.<br /> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Story: Wake County<img src="/uploads/blog/source/success-wake-county_1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /><br /> This success story is provided by our consultants, Nextware Technology, who have helped Wake County to implement Adaxes and overcome all technical challenges they faced.<br /> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Active Directory Attributes with ADAC and PowerShell<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Standardizing-ad.png" alt="standardizing-ad" width="700" height="400" /><br /> 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.<br /> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Active Directory with PowerShell<img src="/uploads/blog/source/active-directory-clenup-powershell-blog_1_2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /><br /> Recently we showed you how to<a href="/blog/how-to-keep-your-active-directory-clean.html" target="_blank">cleanup Active Directory using Adaxes</a>. Today we are going to take a different approach - cleanup Active Directory using PowerShell. In this article we are going to be focusing on finding, reporting and managing inactive users, computers, groups and OUs.<br /> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 AD Tasks You Should Automate Now!<img src="/uploads/blog/source/5Task.png" alt="five-tasks-to-automate-now" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Automation should go alongside with any IT system. You simply cant afford to ignore it, and if you do, eventually youll lose out. There might be many reasons why you might not have automation present in your environment yet. But theres absolutely no excuse for not starting to implement it right now.<br /> This article will tell you about five tasks in AD you can begin your automation route with. Its an easy way to start saving time, be more efficient and eventually become the sysadmin rock star you deserve to be.<br /> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Practical Guide to Organizing Active Directory<img src="/uploads/blog/source/AD_Organizing.png" alt="Organizing-Active-Direceory-Guide" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Your Active Directory structure defines your organization. Is it flexible? Does it easily adapt to innovation? Or is it rigid with boundaries preventing growth?<br /> 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.<br /> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Mistakes Made with Active Directory Management<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Five-Mistakes-Made-with-AD-Management.png" alt="" /><br /> 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.<br /> 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.<br /> Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 to Keep Your Active Directory Clean<img src="/uploads/blog/source/AD_cleanup.png" alt="" width="700" height="400" /><br /> Keeping your Active Directory nice and tidy is a good habit to have. It not only makes everyday management tasks easier, but its also a way of improving security. Stale objects can impose a real threat that can lead to serious security breaches. Many real world IT departments suffer from problems like that every day. But what can you do to prevent that?<br /> Cleanup!<br /> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000 to Bulk Import AD Users from CSV<img src="/uploads/blog/source/import_from_csv_frontlist_1.jpg" alt="Bulk.user.import.CSV-active_directory" width="1500" height="844" /><br /> User provisioning is a tough task in any IT environment of a reasonable size. Both new employees and the IT department can suffer from time delays, human errors, overcomplicated workflows, etc. It can take up to a full working day (often even more than that) to get a new user fully set up. In bigger companies with many employees coming and going every single day it all adds up and translates to huge cost losses. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid that. And heres how.<br /> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 How Adaxes Can Help Your IT Department<img src="/uploads/blog/source/How-Adaxes-can-help-your-IT-Department-front.jpg" alt="Infographics.How.Adaxes.Can.Help.Your.IT.Department-help" width="802" height="452" /><br /> Adaxes is a powerful tool that can make the like of any IT department much easier. In this piece of infographics you'll see how it can automate user provisioning, heal your AD, free you from IT management chains, unify control and do much more to make your Active Directory environment a better place.<br /> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Active Directory Facts<img src="/uploads/blog/source/Active%20Directory%20Facts%20front.png" alt="Active.Directory.Facts-challenges" width="744" height="418" /><br /> Active Directory is the most used platform for IT departments of Fortune 1000 companies. Many businesses fully rely on it as a base for their IT infrastructures. In this infographics you will findout about biggest challenges that AD admins face, how are companies keeping pace with their business needs, what's the cost of keeping an IT deprtment and otherinteresting facts about AD.<br /> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 to Make Your Active Directory a Safer Place<img src="/uploads/blog/source/How-to-Make-your-Active-Directory-Safer-front.jpg" alt="Make.Active.Directory.Safer-Security" width="1360" height="765" /><br /> Being an IT admins means that you have lots of responsibilities that play a key role in keeping your company going. Making sure that your environment is secure at all times is definitely among them.<br /> In this article we are going to discuss some often forgotten aspects that you need to look at to ensure maximum security and minimize threats.<br /> Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Directory Is Cool Again<br /> <br /> <br /> <img src="/uploads/blog/source/ADiscool_1.jpg" alt="Active.Directory.Is.Cool.Again-tree" width="1280" height="720" /><br /> Remember those times when your company just started to grow? Almost any modern day business began as a 510 people doing things they were passionate about and planning to concur if not the whole world, but at least the market they were operating in. And as the further expansion started there surely was a point at which came the understanding that the company needs its own IT system.<br /> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Ways to Improve Active Directory<img src="/uploads/blog/source/activedirectorybetter0.jpg" alt="7.Ways.To.Improve.AD-servers" width="1280" height="720" /><br /> If you are reading this article, it means that you are a responsible Active Directory admin who knows that there is always a way to make your environment better, faster and more reliable. And here we will be looking at seven aspects that you can work on to improve your AD.<br /> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Importance of Deprovisioning in Office 365<img src="/uploads/blog/source/imgpsh_fullsize.jpeg" alt="Deprovisioning.In.Office365-employee_leaving" width="700" height="394" /><br /> You can hardly find a company that doesnt treat provisioning procedures seriously. Usually there are lots of steps and protocols to get a new employee going. For Office 365 that includes creating account in AD, adding new accounts to all connected systems, putting all the personal data in, assigning licenses, etc.<br /> Despite the fact that most (if not all) companies do treat these actions very seriously, at the same time almost no attention can be paid to deprovisioning, i.e. procedures executed when employees leave. This can be a very big mistake, as making sure that no longer active accounts are treated properly is equally (or sometimes even more) important as setting them up in the first place.<br /> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 to Make Sysadmins More Human<img src="/uploads/blog/source/make-sysadmins-more-human.jpg" alt="Make.Sysadmin.Human-Machines" width="700" height="394" /><br /> If you ask an average person, what does a common sysadmins day look like, you will probably hear something about dealing with huge amount cables in server rooms filled with blue light or bashing out lots of hardcore code lines that result in some crazy processes that just fix all computers in the building and solve all the other problems in the company. Well, that is all nice and romantic and probably that is something that many sysadmins imagine their job would look like when they are just starting it. However, the reality is usually a bit different. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000