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Active directory users joining from Mac machine

Active Directory

Joining a Mac to the Domain on Mac OS X

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Click Users & Group from System preference and click Unlock button

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Select the Network Account Server by clicking “Edit” button…this will open the below screen option., then click “Open Directory Utility…

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Unlock the edit button and click the Active Directory to select and bind

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When you click the edit button, next screen will open to type

  • Active Directory Forest:
  • Active Directory Domain:
  • Computer ID

after typing all the above values, click “Bind

Here another screen will appear to enter Domain Administrator and Password for bind process. type the information and click ok

If the details are correct, below screen will appear with the GREEN button, showing that you have successfully bind the AD to your machine.

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After the Bind process to the domain, Expand the “Show Advanced Option” and select the “User Experience” and check the following.

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Above selection of “Create mobile account at login”, is only for, if the AD user wants to login at offline mode. This can only be done, if the AD user has logged in once at the on-permises time, so that the system can cached it.

Click ok and go back to Users & Group

Click the “Option” button from “Allow network users to log in at login window”

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Another screen will pop-up..by default “All network Users” is selected (if you want to keep all the AD users to log into this computer, keep it as it is or select “Only these network users” and then click the “+” button at the bottom. This will open another window with all the AD users list. Select the user that you want to add and click “Done”

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Now go back to the Users & Group, click the Login Option and select the “Display login window as”

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If you select “List of users” then this will show only all the active users in that machine at the login time.

If you select the “Name and Password” option, then you can type the user name and the password.

To give the AD user, LOCAL ADMIN right, at the Users & Group Login option, Select the user and then check mark the “Allow user to administer this computer”

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Now you are good to go…now unlock the “Login Option” to save the settings and prevent from unauthorised mistakes

Restart the Mac machine and login

Enjoy!!!

July 1, 2013 Posted by | Active Directory, Apple, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, Microsoft, Mountain Lion, Software | Leave a comment

Add UPN Suffixes to Active Directory users

UPN (User Principal Name) Suffixes: You can use Active Directory Domains and Trusts to add user principal name (UPN) suffixes for the existing user account. The default UPN suffix for a user account is the Domain Name System (DNS) domain name of the domain that contains the user account. You can add alternative UPN suffixes to simplify administration and user logon processes by providing a single UPN suffix for all users. The UPN suffix is used only within the Active Directory forest, and it is not required to be a valid DNS domain name.

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. For using the appropriate accounts and group memberships, Click here.

To add UPN suffixes

  1. To open Active Directory Domains and Trusts, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
  2. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Properties.
  3. On the UPN Suffixes tab, type an alternative UPN suffix for the forest, and then click Add.

The procedure forusing the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell.

Sample AD PowerShell command to update UPNs in bulk

Get-ADUser-Filter * -properties homemdb | where {$_.homemdb -ne $null} | ForEach-Object ($_.SamAccountName) {$CompleteUPN = $_.SamAccountName + “@contoso.com”; Set-ADUser -Identity $_.DistinguishedName -UserPrincipalName $CompleteUPN}

The above script:
·        Gets all users with something in their homemdb attribute (i.e. mailbox users)
·        Creates a temporary variable called $completeUPN which is a combination of every user’s samaccountname plus @contoso.com
·        Sets each user to this new upn

Enjoy!!!

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Active Directory, ADFS, Cloud Computing, DIR Sync, Microsoft, Office 365, Power Shell, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , | 1 Comment

Cannot Join Apple OS X Lion to Windows Active Diretory – How to fix it!!!

Action: New Mac OS X Lion to Active Directory binding.

Issue: Everytime I get the following error: authentication server encountered an error while attempting the requested operation.

Findings: Even if I’m connected to the internet, and using the Apple time server, the time on machines is not at all correct, which prevents the machines from binding to Windows Active Directory.

Solutions: Change the date and time to the correct values in your Apple machine and then restart the apple machine. Without a restart, this will not work.

 

October 12, 2011 Posted by | Active Directory, Apple, Lion OS, Microsoft, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , | Leave a comment

Exchange server 2010 SP1 – Step by Step installlation on the production server – Live

Earlier i’ve done the Exchange server migration – 2007 to 2010 – Live cast, Its been 10 months since Exchange team release the SP1 for Microsoft Exchange server 2010….today i’m doing Microsoft Exchange server 2010 SP1 upgradation…Live page is opened.

Click here to view this live page

Enjoy!!!!

June 24, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, DAG, ECP, Edge Server, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer, Exchange server 2010, Exchange Server Profile Analyzer, Forefront, Forefront Endpoint protection 2010, Hyper-V, IP Block List, Log Parser, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Microsoft, New Service Pack, Office 2010, Office for Mac, Power Shell, Software, Transport architecture, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elcome International – Productivity goes up using latest Microsoft Technology

As a system integrator, My company, Elcome is well aware of the technologies available to make our clients lives easier…The deployment of Microsoft Dynamics has also had a major impact on the company’s ability to operate. “One big area that we’ve been able to focus on is reporting, in terms of KPIs and business intelligence. There have been a lot of advances in Dynamics and the supporting tools to make it easier to produce different types of reports, and the ability to allow end users to customise, specifically things like SQL reporting services that are part of SQL 2008. We were using an old version of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Two versions old in fact,” we realises. “When we upgraded to the latest version – and I think we were one of their first customers to go live with the latest version which is Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 – we also moved to the latest versions of all the underlying technology. That includes the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2010. We’ve also moved from 32-bit to 64-bit servers. Everything is now running on 64bit hardware and software.” – explains executive director at Elcome International, Jimmy Grewal…more information read the following article published by ITP publishers on ACN Magazine By Ben Furfie Published May 10, 2011, May 2011 issue..click here to read more

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, Articles, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, GreatPlains 2010, Licensing cloud services, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Sharepoint 2010, Software, SQL Server, Terminal Server, Windows 7, Windows 7 phone, Windows phone, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , | Leave a comment

Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010

The Microsoft Exchange team is enhancing positioning by including additional supported scenarios regarding Exchange Server 2010 running under hardware virtualization software. As of today, the following support scenarios are being updated, for Exchange 2010 SP1, and later…To know more, click here

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Cloud, Cloud Computing, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, Hardware Virtualization, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | | Leave a comment

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit v2.0

The Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Administration Toolkit contains functionality to help administer and manage Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010 and Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010. New in SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit 2.0, the SharePoint Diagnostic Studio 2010 (SPDiag 3.0) provides SharePoint administrators with a unified interface that can be used to gather relevant information from a farm, display the results in a meaningful way, identify performance issues, and share or export the collected data and reports for analysis by Microsoft support personnel. This tool is not supported for SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) manifests, which add roles for SharePoint 2010 Products to Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 or to Windows Server 2008 R2.

More info and to download this, click here

April 30, 2011 Posted by | Microsoft, Sharepoint 2010, Sharepoint Online, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , | 1 Comment

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a remote computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows 7 with SP1. It includes support for remote management of computers that are running either the Server Core or full installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008. Some roles and features on Windows Server 2003 can be managed remotely by using Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1, although the Server Core installation option is not available with the Windows Server 2003 operating system.

This feature is comparable in functionality to the Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

To download Remote server administration tools for Windows 7 SP1, click here

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1
You must be either a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.

  • On a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows 7 with SP1, download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 package from the Microsoft Download Center.
  • Open the folder into which the package downloaded, double-click the package to unpack it, and then start the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 Setup Wizard. Important: You must accept the License Terms and Limited Warranty to start to install the Administration Tools pack.
  • Complete all installation steps in the wizard, and then click Finish to exit the wizard when installation is finished.
  • Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
  • In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  • If you are prompted by User Account Control to enable the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.
  • In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
  • Select the remote management tools that you want to install and click OK.
  • Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut, if it is not already there.
  • Right-click Start, and then click Properties.
  • On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
  • In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK.
  • Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.

April 9, 2011 Posted by | Active Directory, Microsoft, New Service Pack, Remote Server Administration Tool, Software, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. iSCSI Software Target is an optional Windows Server component that provides centralized, software-based and hardware-independent iSCSI disk subsystems in storage area networks (SANs). One scenario involved using Microsoft  iSCSI Software Target in a “two-node Failover Cluster,” with 92  Hyper-V virtual machines storing data to one of the nodes. Finally, Microsoft iSCSI Software  Target 3.3 supports the remote booting of diskless computers “from a  single operating system image using iSCSI.”

You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targetsYou can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targets, click here

To download The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3, click here. Microsoft is recommending using Service Pack 1 with Windows  Server 2008 R2 for this release of Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. The product  can be installed in a Hyper-V virtual machine. It doesn’t work with a core  installation of Windows Server 2008 R2.

April 6, 2011 Posted by | Hyper-V, iSCSI, Microsoft, SAN, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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