Video: Five things you should know before cleaning out your Active Directory database

Bill Detwiler shares five things every network administrator should know before they degunk their network's Active Directory database.

Sooner or later, you'll need to clean up your Active Directory to remove outdated entries or fix erratic behavior. But before you begin deleting data with ADSI Edit, there are a few things you should consider. During this episode of TR Dojo, I share five things you should know before you degunk your Active Directory database.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In this TR Dojo episode, I share five things every network administrator should know before they degunk their network?s Active Directory database. But even if you take precautions, deleting entries from AD can be a dangerous task. One mistake could mess up your entire network and negatively affect hundreds or thousands of end users. With such high stakes, admins may avoid regularly cleaning up their network?s AD databases. What about you? Do you routinely degunk AD? Original post and poll:

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