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Old 05-10-2015, 10:53 AM   #1
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management of microsoft AD domain & windows from Linux

I'm interested in Linux apps that may approximate the functionality of administrative tools used in Windows to manage our microsoft active directory domain and the windows machines on that domain:

AD Sites and Services dssite.msc
AD Users and Computers dsa.msc
ADSI Edit adsiedit.msc
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
DHCP Management dhcpmgmt.msc
DNS Management dnsmgmt.msc
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
Group Policy Management Console GPMC

running the apps on a linux desktop joined to to the MS AD domain against the Windows machines on the MS AD domain is the goal. I realize just running these MS tools from a windows VM is the simplest approach but I want to see what's possible from linux in 2015. Below are some untested notes, feedback on other apps to look into is appreciated:

luma = AD console
adtool = command line account management
LDAP Account Manager

Metasploit PSExec / meterpreter

samba-tool dns

openvas wmic

OpenWSMAN (maybe)
see - ws-management powershell remoting, MS-PSRP
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Personally, I strongly prefer to use Microsoft's tools to manage an Active Directory (LDAP ...) configuration, if there are any Microsoft systems in it. Because ... uhh ... I think they're really, really good tools.
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Originally Posted by sundialsvcs View Post
Personally, I strongly prefer to use Microsoft's tools to manage an Active Directory
Same here. Microsoft does Microsoft "best" in such an environment.


active directory, microsoft, windows

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