Updating active directory to r2

01 Apr

Prior to the release of 2008 R2 some of the typical options for automating Active Directory with scripting were: Each approach had its good and bad points, but going forward using the Power Shell cmdlets which ship as part of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the route to take given that will be Microsoft’s focus for administrators compared to the above examples.

As discussed in the Known issues section here, Microsoft intended to prevent the ability to change passwords of disabled or locked-out accounts by NTLM authentication but instead prevented it for active user accounts too.

This course is intended for individuals who already have experience with Active Directory technologies in Windows Server 2000 or Windows Server 2003, and who wish to upgrade their skills to Windows Server 2008 (R2).

Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 ships with Power Shell support via cmdlets and a provider; in addition the new Active Directory Administrative Center is built on top of Windows Power Shell technology.

In this article we will look at how you can use these new tools to more effectively manage your environment.

Now, you can also use versions for previous versions of Windows Server.

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 both ship with Power Shell 2.0 installed by default, a fact which begins to demonstrate how important a consistent command line interface is becoming to Microsoft products.