Remove Profile Path with ADMODIFY

ADModify is a tool that is created to make it easier to modify / import / export objects in Active Directory in bulk.

Remove Profile Path for all users?

ADModify.NET is an easy-to-use standalone tool. First you have to choose the domain and the domain controller. Then you select the organizational unit that contains the user accounts you want to change. Clicking on “Add to List” will copy all user objects in this container to the list in the right pane. You can tell ADModify.NET to traverse sub containers. It is also possible to filter the user objects that will be copied to the right pane with a LDAP query. Next, you have to select manually which user account you want to edit. You also can just select all user objects in the right pane.

After you click “Next,” the properties dialog you know from ADUC will open. You can edit multiple attributes here, but I advise against it if you have to change a large number of user accounts. It is safer to use multiple steps for that. ADModify.NET saves each user account’s original values in an XML file, which allows you to undo all changes. If you have to correct your settings later, you can do that for a specific attribute. Also note that changing a large number of user objects can stress your domain controller significantly. I couldn’t undo the changes made to the “Account is disabled” attribute; ADModify.NET seems to have a bug here. The undo function worked fine with other boolean attributes.

Select the box Profile and type ” Null ” in Path and hit GO

This should work…

Error installing x86 (x32) bit driver on Windows 2008 R2 x64

To install an x86 additional driver on a Windows Server x64 host, you first need a running Win 7 x86 system.

Install the printer by choosing the correct driver.

On this x86 system, locate the directory \Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\ntpri​nt.inf_xxxxx, then copy all files and sub-directories from ntprint.inf_xxxxx into same location on the Print Server . If the x64 host asks for the NTPRINT.INF on the Windows Media during the installation of the additional driver, simply browse to this location and complete installation.

Exchange Management Tools won’t uninstall

When attempting to uninstall the Exchange 2010 Management Tools you receive an error message which says:

“Some controls aren’t valid. Please specify an existing server role(s) to uninstall.

To work around this issue and be able to uninstall the Exchange 2010 Management Tools you will need to use the command line.
1.Run the Command Prompt as ‘Administrator’

2.Navigate to your Exchange install path, for example
2007: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Bin
2010: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin

3.Run this command /mode:uninstall /role:MT

4.The uninstall process will begin to automatically uninstall each of the Management Tools components.

5.When complete you will see ‘The Microsoft Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully’

DCPromo in Windows Server 2012?

In past versions of Windows Server, after using the GUI to add the Active Directory binaries to your server, you would use DCPromo to promote your server into a Domain Controller. However, DCPromo was deprecated with the release of Server 2012.

Installing Active Directory on Server 2012

You can still add the binaries through the GUI, but underneath the hood even that is using PowerShell. For that reason we will keep the whole article in PowerShell. To add the binaries simply open a PowerShell Console and run the following:

Add-WindowsFeature -name ad-domain-services –IncludeManagementTools –Restart

Once the installation is complete your computer will reboot. We are now ready to install a new domain controller in a new forest, so open a new PowerShell Console. There are three PowerShell commands you can use to promote your server into a DC:

•Install-ADDSDomainController – Creates a new domain controller in an existing domain.
•Install-ADDSDomain – Creates a new domain in an existing forest.
•Install-ADDSForest – Creates a new forest.

Since we don’t already have a forest we will need to use the Install-ADDSForest cmdlet.

Install-ADDSForest –DomainName “”

You will then be prompted for the Restore Mode password and asked to confirm that a server reboot is OK.

Once your server is back up you’re good to go.


Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up A Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

In Windows Server 2012, dcpromo has been deprecated.

In order to make the windows server 2012 domain controller we will install ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services) role from the server manager on Windows Server 2012.

First we will change the server name let say server2012dc and the IP address (try to avoid using default


“Before You Begin” screen provides you basic information such as configuring strong passwords, IP addresses and Windows updates.

On Installation Type page, select the first option “Role-based or Feature-based Installation“.

Scenario-based Installation option applied only to Remote Desktop services.

On the “Server Selection” Page, select a server from the server pool and click next.

To install AD DS, select Active Directory Domain Services in turn it will pop-up to add other AD DS related tools. Click on Add Features.

After clicking “Add Features” above, you will be able to click “Next >” as shown in the screen below.

On the “Select Features” Page, Group Policy Management feature automatically installed during the promotion. Click next.

On the “Active Directory Domain Services” page, it gives basic information about AD DS. Click Next.

On the “Confirmation” Page, You need to confirm this to continue with this configuration. It will provide you an option to export the configuration settings and also if you want the server to be restarted automatically as required.

After clicking “Install” the selected role binaries will be installed on the server.

After “Active Directory Domain Services” role binaries have been installed and now it is time to promote the server to a Domain Controller.

Disable Exchange cached mode per Computer, not per User?

You can create a GPO that applies to those computers and enable GPO loop-back processing.

To set user configuration per computer, follow these steps:

  1. In the Group Policy Microsoft Management Console (MMC), click Computer Configuration.
  2. Locate Administrative Templates, click System, click Group Policy, and then enable the Loopback Policy option.