Understanding FSMO Roles – 9: find current role holders and best way to place them

By | July 11, 2020

In last post, we have discussed about the last domain level FSMO role – the PDC Emulator. Hope you are now clear about all FSMO roles and their functions. In this part, I am going to cover the recommended FSMO roles placement. How to find current FSMO roles holders? If we have large number of… Read More »

Understanding FSMO Roles – 8: PDC Emulator

By | July 3, 2020

In last post, we have discussed about RID Master. In this post we will understand the 3rd and last domain level role, the PDC (Primary Domain Controller) Emulator which is undoubtedly the most important role. Most of you must be thinking that when every DC has the same authority in Active Directory, why this role… Read More »

Understanding FSMO Roles – 7: RID Master

By | June 26, 2020

In last post, we have discussed about Infrastructure Master. In this post, we will understand the 2nd Domain level role – the RID (Relative IDentifier) Master. RID Master is mainly responsible to create SID (Security IDentifier) for each and every objects in Active Directory. So before understanding RID, we first need to understand SID. Let’s… Read More »

Understanding FSMO ROles – 6: Infrastructure Master

By | June 18, 2020

In last post, we have discussed Domain Naming Master. In this post, we will understand the 1st Domain Level Role – the Infrastructure Master. Before start, we should always remember that any changes in Forest Level roles will affect the entire forest but changes in Domain Level roles will only affect that particular Domain. For… Read More »

Understanding FSMO Roles – 5: Domain Naming Master

By | June 10, 2020

In last post, we have discussed about the first forest level role – the Schema Master. In this post, we will understand the second Forest Level role, the Domain Naming Master. We have already gone through the basic concept of Active Directory, Forest and Domain. We know that a Forest can have multiple Domains. Compared with Schema… Read More »

Centralized Configuration Management using Hashicorp Vault and Consul.

By | June 4, 2020

IntroductionThis document discusses configuration management and more specifically a centralized infrastructure which stores sensitive information like usernames, passwords, tokens, TLS certificates, urls endpoints, AWS credentials etc. Configuration management becomes difficult as the application grows and has scaling requirements. This document explores the standards and best practices followed in the industry for implementing stable and secure… Read More »

Understanding FSMO Roles – 4: Schema Master

By | June 4, 2020

In last post, we understood the Forest and Domain level roles. In this post, we will understand the first Forest level role, the Schema Master. But before that we have to understand what exactly Schema is? This word is one of the scariest words in technical dictionary but actually it’s quite simple. Let’s understand… The… Read More »