Updating Multi-Valued Active Directory Properties Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted about updating multi-valued attributes in Active Directory. Part 1 covered how to accomplish this in PowerShell using ADSI. In Part 2 I’ll show you how to accomplish this using the free Active Directory cmdlets from Quest Software. As you’ll see, the over all process isn’t that much different. Except that using cmdlets simplifies a lot of the typing. Continue reading

PowerShell: The Ultimate Ginsu Knife

You don’t have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning looking for an amazing tool that slices and dices like the famed Ginsu Knife. Are you looking for a way to speed up your work? Are you tired of the same old routine? Would you be surprised that your answer is already at your fingertips? Windows PowerShell is the amazing tool that can slice, dice, mince, sort, group and more all of your data. But wait…there’s more. Continue reading

New Book Project – Reviewers Needed

While at Microsoft TechEd, I signed the paperwork to write a second edition of Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell: TFM for SAPIEN Press. It’s hard to believe so much has happened since that book hit the shelves in less than 2 years. The 2nd edition will continue to include coverage of Quest Software’s PowerShell comdlets (naturally updated and expanded where necessary). Almost all of the ADSI content will be dropped and I’ll be explaining how to use the Microsoft ActiveDirectory provider and cmdlets. My goal is to write a book that is really two books in one.

To that end I’ll be in need of some rock-solid and reliable technical reviewers. I need 4-5 people who will have time and resources over the next 4-6 months to read manuscripts, test out code samples and provide constructive feedback. Ideally, a reviewer should be able to run the Quest cmdlets and the Microsoft cmdlets with either a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller or the Active Directory Management Gateway Service. Please DO NOT use your production environment. You will need to test from a Windows 7 desktop. It would be helpful to have reviewers from a variety of organizations from small 100 user companies to 10,000 plus.  Selected reviewers will receive a free printed copy of the final book and a $50 gift card (not to mention my grateful thanks and the admiration of your peers).

If you are interested, send me an email ([email protected]). Tell me about your PowerShell background, the scope of your Active Directory environment that you can test with and anything else you think I should know. If you are selected, you’ll get an email from me. If you aren’t selected, you’ll go on my list of alternate reviewers should people drop out early in the process.

I’m looking forward to the project and trust you will be as well.

PowerShell in the Enterprise

A new whitepaper I wrote for Quest Software has finally made it’s public appearance: PowerShell in the Enterprise: Best Practices and Recommendations. The paper discusses some best practices for using PowerShell in an enterprise environment. Essentially, getting the most from your PowerShell “investment”, especially when you might have multiple PowerShell-based administrators. Although certainly the suggestions apply to small shops as well.

The other purpose behind the paper was to provide information to non-admin or non-PowerShell folk to help them understand PowerShell’s role and ease some common adoption “pains.”

You can download the whitepaper for free (although you will need to register) here.

I hope you’ll let me know what you think.

Get Expert AD and Identity Management Information

Some of my readers may have realized I don’t blog much about Active Directory here, despite having written a book on the subject. That’s because I also blog and help moderate The Experts Community. This site, although run by Quest Software, is not a commercial site. It is intended as a community drive site centered on Active Directory and Identity Management. You’ll find questions and answers, links to useful tools and resources and blog posts on AD related topics. I blog there at least once a week, typically on how to use PowerShell to administer Active Directory, but I expect to branch out to more topics this year.

The site is also intended as an ongoing virtual extension to The Experts Conference which is probably the best AD-centered conference you could possibly attend.

In the mean time, you are welcome to join the community, and I hope you will.  Feel free to use this link http://theexpertscommunity.com/index/refer/code/347-5ff25 to visit and create an account.