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by @ Sunday, November 12th, 2017. Filed under general

As I find myself digging through the AdMod source code adding functionality and fixing small bugs here and there I realize that someone much smarter than I wrote the original version. And paradoxically I am the only one who has ever seen, let alone touch, this source code… Back when writing a lot of this […]

Enabling AD Recycle Bin the easy way…

by @ Saturday, November 11th, 2017. Filed under general

AdMod work is coming along nicely… E:\DEV\cpp\vs\AdMod\Debug>adfind -hh . -partitions -s base -alldc AdFind V01.51.00cpp Joe Richards ( October 2017 Using server: elitebook:389 Directory: Windows Server 2016 ADLDS Base DN: CN=Partitions,CN=Configuration,CN={8B255D0C-7730-457D-9A5E-82920B5A0B85} dn:CN=Partitions,CN=Configuration,CN={8B255D0C-7730-457D-9A5E-82920B5A0B85} > objectClass: top > objectClass: crossRefContainer > cn: Partitions > distinguishedName: CN=Partitions,CN=Configuration,CN={8B255D0C-7730-457D-9A5E-82920B5A0B85} > instanceType: 4 [WRITABLE(4)] > whenCreated: 2017/02/05-15:56:25 Eastern Standard Time > […]

Holy crap…

by @ Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Filed under general

…AdMod just compiled start to finish under Visual Studio 2017… Only 3 evenings of fixing compiler errors and linker errors! I mean the code base is a lot smaller than AdFind (I like it smaller because it is doing more critical things, naming changing stuff in AD), but still I expected at least a full […]

This should be interesting… AdMod is in the garage…

by @ Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Filed under general

Started the port of AdMod from C++ Builder to Visual Studio 2017… This will be much more difficult and involved than AdFind, no room for mistakes in AdMod since it actually changes things. I need to get this done though, using DSACLS to update security descriptors in AD pisses me off every single time I […]

AdFind V01.51.00 Released–Happy Halloween! :)

by @ Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Tags:
Filed under general, updates

I have released AdFind V01.51.00. This release has a group of bug fixes and memory leaks that I found over the last couple of months related to the port/conversion to Visual Studio C++. In addition I have added quite a few attributes to the list of decoded attributes including wellKnownObjects, dSASignature, several Exchange attributes, and […]

Coming soon to a website near you…

by @ Sunday, October 29th, 2017. Filed under general

…AdFind V01.51.00. Rating 4.00 out of 5

Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Leak Detector

by @ Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Filed under tech

Visual Leak Detector is very cool. Great open source project. It is on CodePlex ( but since that is shutting down it appears to have moved to GIT ( The latest version (2.5.1) didn’t originally work fully with Visual Studio. BY default it only listed offsets versus full function names and line numbers. Luckily I […]

Using Restricted Groups GPO for Domain Groups

by @ Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Filed under tech

DO NOT DO IT! JUST STOP! DON’T!!! NO!!! It is such a bad idea and it isn’t security. You want security, clean up access rights so the wrong people can’t modify the groups in the first place. If you don’t trust your admins, you need to fire them and get admins you do trust. Here […]

NETDOM bug for /namesuffixes switch

by @ Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Filed under tech

A bit of a bug there Microsoft… [Fri 09/22/2017 22:50:53.57] C:\>netdom trust k16tst.test.loc /namesuffixes:k16tst2.test.loc    Name, Type, Status, Notes 1. *.hello.k16tst2.test.loc, Exclusion 2. *.k16tst2.test.loc, Name Suffix, Admin-Disabled 3. k16tst2.test.loc, Domain DNS name, Enabled 4. K16TST2, Domain NetBIOS name, Admin-Disabled, For k16tst2.test.loc 5. s-1-5-21-2034487785–2134286760–1379125265, Domain SID, Admin-Disabled, For k16tst2.test.loc The command completed successfully. VERSUS [Fri 09/22/2017 […]

There is a huge difference…

by @ Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Filed under quotes

There is a huge difference between software written by people who actually use it and people who just write it.    – me Rating 4.00 out of 5

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