Five quick links: top five Active Directory tips of 2012

In 2012, admins were interested in Group Policy and Windows Server 2012 when it came to Active Directory. These are the top tips.

The mere mention of Active Directory has the potential to strike fear in the hearts of even the most experienced administrators. We know how it can be a frustrating service to navigate through if you don't have the right information.  

That's why we compiled this year's most popular Active Directory tips to keep you up to speed on getting the most out of it. We included everything from the areas you should focus on when you testing compatibility to tools that stop users from accidental data leakage. Plus, we included the most helpful commands for configuring Group Policy. 

For the latest on Active Directory, be sure to check out our Microsoft Active Directory topic page. 


1. Take control of access control with Windows Rights Management Services

Rights Management Services, which is designed to enforce policies regarding data usage, helps organizations prevent its users from leaking confidential data. Our expert looks at the requirements needed to run this helpful tool and how to deploy it.

2. Group Policy enhancements in Windows Server 2012

With over 4,500 group policies to work with in Windows Server 2012, here are the areas you should focus your research on when you run compatibility tests.

3. Use these Group Policy Preferences to replace Windows logon scripts

These five Group Policy preferences will help you move away from scripts and move toward giving you complete control over configuration. 

4. Five fast Group Policy PowerShell commands

Whether you need to retrieve information, create back-ups or produce reports, our expert chose five of the most helpful Group Policy PowerShell commands that make implementing configurations easy.

5. Server 2012 brings Active Directory to the cloud

Deployment Wizard and Deployment with Cloning are two important Active Directory features in Windows Server 2012 that can help you manage domain controllers.

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This was first published in October 2012

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