Have you ever wanted to take a cup of coffee while installing Windows Active Directory?
I recently had one this kind of task which is why I decided to give control for semi-automated PowerShell modules & scripts, written from scratch. System administrator should supply parameters for the installation process to use. Otherwise, deployment of the whole AD: fully automated.
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Deploying AD environment can be very time-consuming and boring task. Additionally, testing multiple AD scenarios repeatedly in deployment environment without risking production environment, or replicating production environment with multiple optional customizations can be crucial to a company.
Do you want to customize or perform penetration testing for a planned Windows Active Directory environment before actually deploying it to the production environment? Well, there you go.
Automatize deployment, automatize it once, twice more or as many times you want, and tweak your AD configuration to suit your needs. Adapt the changes to your real Windows AD environment, externalize risks. Combine AD automatization with virtual networks and you have your development playground.
Benefits & features
Speed up Windows Active Directory deployment on physical and virtual environments
- When successfilly configured, the deployment in simple environments takes 1-3 hours rather than days with minimal intervention
Extend your existing or new Active Directory deployment
Add, edit & configure Active Directory object resources such as users & computers
Deploy multiple Active Directory features
Replicate same configuration on multiple IT environments
Modular structure; features can be added and customized if needed
Customizable & extendable group policies for multiple groups
Flexible firewall configurations supported for group policy objects
Restricted & common SMB network shares for each group in a domain
IIS server configuration support
Domain Name Server (DNS) configuration support
Not fully automated solution: some user interaction is still required
Not tested in large-scale or demanding environments
Requires operational & pre-configured network topology
Although configuration is flexible, it could be more user-friendly
Bugs likely exist, features likely missing in some parts
Power of PowerShell
The Windows AD automation relies heavily on Windows PowerShell. PowerShell has many built-in functions which benefit automating AD configuration tasks. However, not everything can be obtained without custom functionality. Flexibility, modularity and custom functions help here.
Windows Server 2016/2019
Preferred: Windows clients (7 or 10)
FreeBSD/Linux or OpenLDAP not supported
Basic network; internet access
NOTE: Authorized access required