CodePlex, a Site every AD admin should know ~ My blog about Active Directory and everything else

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CodePlex, a Site every AD admin should know

CodePlex is an open source project hosting website run by Microsoft. It allows shared development of open source software.

CodePlex is similar to SourceForge

There are a few key projects for the AD admin that I'd like to highlight. In future posts I'll write reviews of these products/tools. Will there be another 4/4 OU Award? :)


ADModify was created to make it easier to modify / import / export objects in Active Directory in bulk. ADModify also has a very nice undo feature if you need to back out of changes

PAL Tool

PAL is a tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log (any known format) and analyzes it using complex, but known thresholds (provided). The tool generates an HTML based report which graphically charts important performance counters and throws alerts when thresholds are exceeded. The thresholds are originally based on thresholds defined by the Microsoft product teams and members of Microsoft support, but continue to be expanded by this ongoing project.

AD Utils

AD Utils are utilities that are primarily focused on administration and operations of Active Directory.

The AD Utils include

  • CheckDSAcls
  • ReplDiag
  • TrustCheck
  • FindGuidInAD
  • SearchForDuplicateAttributeData

There are many other tools and utilities on CodePlex. Please leave comments about some other good/useful tools you use for your AD and Server Administration duties from the site.

I'll be posting more information and reviews of the utilites in the future.


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