Tools to manage windows 2000 and AD
Posted on 2004-10-07
I have inherited a mess. I have a network of 20 campuses, several thousand users and an active directory structure that is in taters. I am new to 2k and AD comming from a novell background so I am looking for the tools to help me manage and clean up this mess. I would greatly appreciate the benefit of your experiance. Here are the areas I am looking for tools wether free or not.
Security: I have security groups that are actually distribution groups and shares up the wazoo with very little in the way of groups. How do I find out on a domain wide basis which objects are in the ACL's or which ACL's a particular object like a group belongs to?
Users: I want to create a template or script or something that will put a user in the correct ou at creation, assign it to all the groups, security and distribution. setup home directories and quota's, setup its email and be able to do this for many accounts at a time.
Computers: how to I put a computer into a specific OU when adding it to the domain
Monitoring: centerally managed server security auditing, disk usage, service monitoring, cpu utilization.......
You Gotta burn to learn and I am burning big time but I need to accelerate my learning curve.
Thanks for your help.