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User “self-service password reset” includes multi-factor authentication

As a general rule, administrators need to consider additional security measures when they grant end users control over their own password resets and account unlocks. Security questions are one option, but they have proven to be weak and easy to …

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Assign the manager attribute automatically when group membership changes

Every administrator wants their systems to be smart. For example, when a employee moves from one department to another, all of the department-based attributes for their user account need to be updated. Having the system know and update what needs …

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Notify users (and their managers) that their passwords are about to expire

No one likes to micromanage, but everyone dislikes when a user ignores a critical email. If an email is sent informing the user that their password is going to expire and they ignore it, their password will expire. When a …

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Update local cached credentials for remote users

Administrators are keenly aware of the issues that face remote users. For many administrators, such issues can cause great angst. One issue in particular facing remote users is when they have forgotten their password. In such cases, since the user …

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Free webinar series: Advance your security and management skills with Derek Melber

Over the next few months, you have the opportunity to attend many free and live webinars presented by MVP Derek Melber. The topics will all be covering key security and management areas that all administrators struggle with today. The webinars …

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Showing hidden shares in ADAudit Plus

ADAudit Plus does not show hidden shares, those that end with a $, by default. However, there might be times when you want to see the activity related to these hidden shares and their contents in ADAudit Plus. So, what …

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Three neglected password policy tips that increase security

Most organizations are familiar with the Microsoft password policy and the features it provides. The password policy from Microsoft for Active Directory domains has been the same for over 17 years now. Some organizations have taken the initiative to implement …

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The top 3 drawbacks to Microsoft password policies

We have all been living with the Microsoft password policy solution for many years now. It has sufficed, for the most part, untill now, due to password security requirements. There are distinct drawbacks with the Microsoft solution that all corporations …

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Importing users and groups with special characters from foreign languages

Active Directory is used throughout the United States, but also in nearly every other country around the world. Many of these countries have special characters in their alphabets, which can be difficult to work with when using traditional Microsoft tools. …

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