Active Directory

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Juniper : Netscreen Remote Dial-UP VPN with AD Radius Authentication and route based VPN / tunnel interface

The following procedure explains how to set up a Juniper ScreenOS based firewall to accept Netscreen Remote Client VPN connections and authenticate users using Active Directory (Radius via Windows 2003 IAS or Windows 2008 NPS).  We’ll assume that all traffic to from the client to the networks needs to pass via the client VPN […]

Securing Windows Server 2008 and Active Directory

According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 is the most secure Windows server version ever. Windows 2008 does include many features that will help increase overall security of the OS, or assist you with securing AD, the network, etc. Most of the features/roles available in Windows 2008 are not being installed in a default installation of […]

Using Active Directory and IAS based Radius for Netscreen WebAuth authentication

As most of the bigger players in the firewall market, Juniper/Netscreen SreenOS based firewalls allow you to use/enforce/require authentication for various reasons : Admin login Client VPN Authentication to open a specific rule on the firewall In a default configuration, ScreenOS uses a local user account database for all types of authentication listed above. In […]

How to properly restore (objects in) the 2003 AD database

Windows 2000 /Active Directory has been around for more than 7 years now. I’ve been using AD for almost 7 years, and due to its stability, I never had to recover a deleted object in AD. (Knock on wood). So it’s not a real surprise to find out that a lot of admins don’t even […]

Performing AD Schema Updates in a safe way

Updating from 2003 to 2003 R2 & implementing Exchange are 2 common administrative tasks which both require a schema update. Since I’ve mentioned "updating from 2003 to 2003 R2", I’ll take the opportunity to add some "notes from the field" to this blog post, which will increase success rate of the update and limit the […]

How to restore a Windows 2003 DC using ASR and VMWare

The following procedure should work for any type of hardware, but I’ve used VMWare (so this procedure is also valid if you want to convert a physical Domain Controller to VMWare). Additionally, the procedure works for Windows 2003 server, but also for Windows XP (professional) Prerequisites : ASR backup .bkf file and the ASR floppy […]

AD 2003 DC Restore Technique using VMWare (without having to grant local DC/Domain Admin rights)

In certain distributed AD scenario’s, Domain Admins group membership or local DC admin privileges are restricted to certain people only. This is a good thing to do, but it requires you to think about certain issues before they happen. One of these issues is backup and restore. Yes, you can schedule a system state backup […]

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