Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Active Directory Physical Components; Domain Controllers and Sites Explained

Active Directory is the core component and the central data base of the network based on Microsoft Windows Domain System. Active Directory is the central supervisor of the network objects and security for the Windows Domain System. In a Microsoft Windows Domain environment based on Active Directory, we can find several classifications of its components. Here we discuss the physical components of Active Directory in a domain.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Listing ACL of a share in Windows Server.

We usually view the Access Control List or List of permission sets attached to a folder or file, though Properties -> Security tab of the Share. But this method doesn't help to  generate a list of these permissions sets for backup purpose etc.

Microsoft utility called 'showacls' helps to list the ACL in command mode and it can be copied and saved. It is useful to compare the permissions applied to different shares or to keep a backup of current permission sets applied to a particular share.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

How to find if I am using 32 bit or 64 bit Operating System?

There are multiple reasons why we should be aware of the version of operating systems. The Application we download for our OS must be compatible to the version of the Operating System. These days most of the Windows 7 machines are coming with 64 bit Operating System loaded. 

Here we will discuss the methods of finding whether we are using 64 or 32 bit version of Operating System.

How to update changes in Group Policy settings using commands line in Windows Server 2003 / 2008?

Changes made on Group Policy settings will take sometime to get into effect in the client computers of Active Directory Domain. Usually it take effect after a reboot of the machine, or once the user re-log in to his or her account. 

Below command line utilities will help to forcefully refresh or update the changes in Group Policy. Run these commands on the target computer.

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