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Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part III:  Chasing Power Users

For those joining late, I’m currently pen testing the mythical Acme company, now made famous by a previous pen testing engagement (and immortalized in this free ebook). This time around...

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Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part I: Introduction to crackmapexec (and PowerView)

I was talking to a pen testing company recently at a data security conference to learn more about “day in the life” aspects of their trade. Their president told me...

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Active Directory in Plain English

It is tough getting started with Active Directory. There are lots of reasons for this: the years of cruft, the inherent complexity, the intimidating raw power… and the fact that...

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Learn Active Directory Basics: Tutorials and Guide

We’ve all heard of the many benefits of Active Directory (AD) for IT admins– it makes your job simpler because there’s a central vault of user information, and it’s scalable,...

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The Difference Between Active Directory and LDAP

Any hacker knows the keys to the network are in Active Directory (AD). Once a hacker has access to one of your user accounts, it’s a race against you and...

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How to track Active Directory KPIs for the C-level

As the main identity and access hub, Active Directory has a central role in the IT infrastructure of nearly every organization.  AD manages and authenticates user accounts, which are referenced...

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Active Directory Security Best Practices

Active Directory security is important because Active Directory(AD) represents the keys to the kingdom. Imagine that box where your store all of the physical keys to every door in the...

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The Difference Between Organizational Units and Active Directory Groups

Active Directory loves hierarchy. Domains, Organizational Units (OUs), groups, users, and so forth. Sometimes it can be confusing—how do I best structure my AD? We’ve written a bit about domains...

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How Can I Find Out Which Active Directory Groups I’m a Member Of?

The ability to administer and maintain up-to-date user lists and groups is critical to the security of an organization. There are a number of different ways to determine which groups...

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Risks of Renaming Your Domain in Active Directory

As a sysadmin, there might be moments where you’ll find the need to change, merge, or rename your domain. Hopefully you name your domain well the first time, but there...

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