How to Query Active Directory to Determine the Schema Version

You can query Active Directory to determine the schema version as shown below.  Replace “dc=domainname” with your information:   dsquery * cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=domainname,dc=local -scope base -attr objectVersion   The PowerShell version below does not require any customization: Get-ADObject (get-adrootdse).schemaNamingContext -Property objectVersion   The table below shows Active Directory schema versions. Windows 2000 Server 13 Windows 2003…

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Backing Up MMC Settings

One of the things I hate about switching computers is losing all my customized MMC settings especially the Saved Queries configured in Active Directory Users & Computers (ADUCs).  A few days ago I switched cubes at my customer site and proceeded to reconfigure my new system.  When I opened ADUCs for the first time and…

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Windows Live Essentials 2011 is Now Available

Windows Live Essentials is a collection of free programs you can download to enhance your Windows 7 experience.  There are a number of programs available for download including: ·     Mail ·     Messenger ·     Photo Gallery (with facial recognition) ·     Movie Maker ·     Family Safety (Parental Controls) ·     Writer (for blogging) ·     Bing Bar ·     Outlook…


Windows 7 Tip and Tricks – A Must Read!

As a Microsoft employee I have been using Windows 7 since the early internal betas.  I have been impressed with the operating system (OS) since day one and it has improved with each iteration leading up to release.  There are some nice, obvious user interface changes that have been made.  Many of them are obvious, while…


Remote Desktop Connection (akaTerminal Server) Keyboard Shortcuts

I use Remote Desktop all day at work.  It is especillay helpful when writing documentation.  One of the problems I always run into is trying to remember which keyboard short you can use to capture a screen-shot in a TS session. Since I had to dig these up  again today I decided to post them here where they…