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Keeping Windows Administration Simple - Part 3

Level 7

Continuing with the earlier blogs on Simplified Windows Administration and Improved End-user Support let’s take a stab at simplifying and automating some Active Directory (AD) and system information management tasks. Huge time and effort is spent towards working with AD, managing AD properties, exporting AD and system information, while you have the option to keep it simple and in control.

Let’s discuss some industry-wide best practices and tips to execute these activities quickly, securely and effectively for improved Active Directory and System Information Management

  1. Active Directory Management Tips
    • Design your AD environment to have business-critical objects (such as user accounts used to run system services) separated in Organizational Units (OUs) so that not everybody has access to impact changes
    • Use the Delegation Wizard in the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) management console to assign permission to IT staff for AD management based on the tasks they execute
    • Adding, removing and updating AD users and managing multiple domains and OUs can be a daunting task to perform individually in every single system. Using a remote support software to execute these tasks in all the required Windows PCs could significantly reduce manual labor.
  2. Leverage Group Policy for Configuration Management and Security. Group Policy allows you to make changes across multiple servers. IT admins can create Group Policy Objects (GPOs) using Active Directory and apply them to the various OUs.
  3. Exporting System Information:
    • Use Windows System Resource Manager (from native Windows administrative tools) to export configuration information from your Windows servers.
    • When dealing with mass export of information from PCs, from WMI properties, AD objects or system information, it’s best to use an exporter tool—all the more better if it supports remote tech support—for exporting into files of different formats.

Another valuable nugget to those IT savvy sysadmins is that you can learn some quick PowerShell scripting commands to automate some basic admin tasks. This can be a life-saver in automating repetitive tasks saving you time in plenty. You can read this post from TechRepublic that could teach you 10 simple PowerShell commands to get started.

Ensuring quick and effective handling of system administration tasks will help you reclaim more time for concentrating better on resolving network, application and infrastructure issues that are impacting your business. A successful IT admin is one who balances the various types of issues and challenges posed with and comes out finding right way of doing them all quickly and effectively. Preparation, balance and automation can lead you there!

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Level 15

Powershell is a great enhancement for management Microsoft products.  Thanks for the great posting!