What is the deal with KB 2260240 and its cousin KB 2742596–MS13-004?

The purpose of this particular blog post is to try and clear up some of the confusion swirling around about these two KBs and describe the circumstances under which one can expect to encounter the particular issue that KB 2260240 was designed to fix.  What I am hoping is that this blog post will help…

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Using Fiddler to acquire a JWT ( JSON Web Token ) for use with the Graph API

One of the things that our developer support team has been trying to figure out over the past few weeks is just how we can play with the new Windows Azure Active Directory Graph API without the overhead of visual studio or a console application.  We were already using Fiddler as a HTTP traffic sniffer…


Searching the Active Directory using PowerShell

In my last blog, I provided a sample PowerShell script that shows how to use the System.DirectoryServices namespace from .NET Framework to bulk create users. Now I will show you can you can use the same namespace to search the Active Directory. We have a lot of customers wanting to get the last time a…


Using a CSV file to create users by accessing the System.DirectoryServices namespace from a powershell script

There are several ways to programmatically create users in the Active Directory. The easiest way would be to use the Active Directory PowerShell Module. This is great if you have access to a Windows 2008 R2 domain controller as the Active Directory PowerShell Module was made available to manage the Windows 2008 R2 domains. Unfortunately,…


ADAM running on Windows 2003 Gives exception 0x8007200a while updating null attributes

Recently, I was working on a scenario where I was trying to update the attributes of ADAM objects. If I clear an attribute value which is null and then I call CommitChanges on the object, it gives me an exception : 0x8007200a (The specified directory service attribute or value does not exist) Here is the…


Restoring object from the Active Directory Recycle Bin using AD Powershell

As anyone who has managed the Active Directory knows, if you delete an Active Directory object, although it marked as tombstoned, all the linked and non-linked attribute values are cleared.   It is therefore difficult to reanimate the object because extra steps are required to recreate linked and non-linked attribute values.   In Windows Server 2008…