Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Import User Photo to Active Directory

If you want to have an image in Outlook, Skype for Business or SharePoint you can use the attribute thumbnailPhoto in Active Directory.

Doing it with Powershell:
Import-Module activedirectory
$UserPhoto = [byte[]](Get-Content C:\admin\User1.jpg -Encoding byte)
Set-ADUser User1 -Replace @{thumbnailPhoto=$UserPhoto}

You can use a software called ADPhotoEdit:

- Image file size should be not higher than 10kb, because with every file you AD database will grow!
- The maximum image size is 100kb
- Pixel size 96x96 pixels is recommended

Friday, November 10, 2017

Update ADMX files for Windows 10 1709 in your Central Store

Download and install Windows_10_Fall_Creators_Update_1709_ADMX.msi

All admx and adml files will be extracted to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709)\PolicyDefinitions”.

Now backup your actual Central Store folder:
and after that, copy and replace the extracted ADMX and ADML files to the PolicyDefinitions folder.

For some reasons 5 amdl files are not in the other language folders... you have to copy the following adml files from en-us to all other folders, to avoid errors.


After replication finished, you can administrate the new features of Win10 on all DCs.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tools for parsing AD FS logs (admin events, audits, and debug logs)

This module provides tools for gathering related ADFS events from the security, admin, and debug logs, across multiple servers. This tool also allows the user to reconstruct the HTTP request/response headers from the logs.
You can download it on github:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Claims X-Ray: Debug and troubleshoot problems with claims issuance

Claims X-Ray is an online service that can be used to debug and troubleshoot problems with claims issuance. It will interact with your AD FS deployment and help you issue the claims that you need for your applications. 

Choose between different authentication methods and request types, and we will show you all of the claims returned by your federation service. You can use this to fully cutomize your policies to get the claims you need.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Powershell Set AD Users password to expire and set password last set to current date

Hi guys,

the script I uploaded to technet set pwdlastset, remove pw never expire and can not change pw for all users that are located in the defined OU.
It could be used if you want to implement password expiration for your User Accounts.