Is your Active Directory security relying on a single check-box?

Don’t trust your Active Directory Security to a single check-box! Trusting the disable check box in Active Directory is risky if additional steps are not taken to ensure the the user account will not be re-enabled with unintended (possibly disastrous) consequences. Often the best practice steps are overlooked or not followed because of the additional […]

Are You Still Manually Provisioning New Users in Hybrid Active Directory/Office 365?

Are You Still Manually Provisioning New Users in Hybrid Active Directory/Office 365?   Microsoft estimates that 70% of organizations will run a hybrid environment of AD/Office 365 for at least some period of time.   Many of these hybrid organizations will move to hybrid mode with the thought that they will manually provision new users.  In Hybrid environments, this strategy deserves a second look because on-boarding accounts is […]

Cross-Platform PowerShell Core 6.0 Released

A More Powerful Shell As of January 10, PowerShell Core 6.0 is now available for general use in production environments. Not only is this version cross-platform, available for Windows, Linux, macOS, and a variety of less common OSes, but is also not even tied to Windows in particular, having been developed on the open source .NET Core platform. A comprehensive analysis by Kurt Mackie goes […]

10 signs an Active Directory Management Tool is a Dinosaur!

Existing Active Directory tools were created more than ten years ago – before AD hybrid became a mission critical enterprise requirement. Vendors made things worse by failing to improve and evolve their products turning them into big, unwieldy and expensive dinosaurs headed for extinction. Customers know replacing a tool takes work, but the rewards can be astonishing. Updating enterprise AD Management tools […]

Exchange 2016 Active Directory schema changes

Exchange 2016 Active Directory schema changes   Exchange Server 2016 adds several new schema changes to Active Directory. Classes, Attributes, Indexes, GC attributes and object IDs should be reviewed carfully to fully understand what will be changed in your Active Directory. Read more on TechNet about Exchange 2016 Active Directory schema changes here…  

How to Find Office 365 User Last Logon without Scripting

How to Find Office 365 User Last Logon without Scripting Point and click to create the report Get the Cayosoft Administrator Free Download then install and configure it on your workstation or server. This takes 15 minutes, but it only has to be done once. Open the Cayosoft Administrator console. Click Report on the toolbar. Select […]

Active Directory Best Practice Avoid Reversible Encryption

Just say no to Storing Passwords with Reversible Encryption There are several dozen settings settings within Active Directory that if used can weaken security and open your environment to the threat of compromise. The Store password using reversible encryption option is one of those settings. Normally when a password is set on a user account […]

Disable Active Directory Group

How to disable Active Directory Groups The ability to an Disable Active Directory Group is completely missing from Active Directory. Cayosoft’s Free Suspend Tool will allow effectively disable AD groups. “Disabling” groups is preferable to deleting the group because the group SID (Security ID) is retained for auditing and management purposes, but it must be done […]