1) Login as Administrator or a user with Administrator rights
2) Launch “Local Security Policy”: Start > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy
3) Expand “Account Policies”
4) Select Password Policy
5) Set Maximum Password age to “0”
From the charms, search Apps for “gpmc.msc” and start it.
Group Policy Management -> Forest: YourServerName.local -> Domains -> YourServerName.local
Select “Default Domain Policy” then right-click and select “Edit…” to open the Group Policy Management Editor.
Group Policy Management Editor
Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy
First make sure you’ve alt-tabbed to the window, or clicked on it once to bring it into focus. Then right-click on the taskbar and choose Move.
At this point, you should notice that your cursor changes to the “Move” cursor, but you still can’t move anything.
Just hit any one of the arrow keys (Left, Right, Down, Up), move your mouse, and the window should magically “pop” back onto the screen.
For SBS 2003, go into AUDC, right-click, Exchange tasks, remove Exchange
attributes. That will strip the mailbox from the user account. The mailbox
will remain, but unowned until the rentention time has been met, which by
default is 30 days, or you can purge it manually in the Exchange System
To confirm your e-mail client, e.g. Outlook 2013, has access to your new Autodiscover record perform the following actions from your Windows computer:
Type quit and hit enter to exit nslookup.
If you are running Windows Server 2003 or 2008 with internal DNS, you will need to perform the following steps:
Turns out Microsoft forgot to include the link to the ECP and have offered this work around.
1. Login to the Office 365 Admin Center with your admin account.
2. Select the Outlook button on the top.
3. Change the URL from https://xxx.outlook.com/owa to https://xxx.outlook.com/ecp
If Office 365 manages your DNS records , to route traffic to an existing public website hosted outside of Office 365, after you add your domain to Office 365 Small Business, do the following.
1. On the Admin page, under Domains, click Manage your website and email domains.
2. Click the domain that you’d like to edit, and then click Manage > New > A (Address).
3. On the Add a DNS record page, type the following:
For Host name or Alias, type the following: @
For IP Address, type the IP address where your website is currently hosted (for example, 192.168.0.1).
In addition, you can create a CNAME record to help customers find your website.
1. Click New > CNAME (Alias).
2. On the Add a DNS record page, type the following:
For Host name or Alias, type the following: www
For Points to address, type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for your website (for example, platinumpc.com).
1. Log onto your Active Directory server that holds the accounts for the required users.
2. Click Start.
3. Click Run.
4. Enter mmc.
5. Click Enter.
6. Click File.
7. Click Add/Remove Snapin…
8. Click Add.
9. Click Group Policy Manager.
10. Click Add.
11. Click Ok.
12. Expand the Forest.
13. Expand the Domain Name.
14. There will be several Group Policies listed, (possibly only one with all the policies in it.)
15. Right-click on the appropriate Group policy and click edit.
16. Group policy object editor will open.
17. Browse through the settings and enable or disable as required.
Logon scripts are very useful. Below is a simple script that can be modified to suit your needs.
echo Welcome %USERNAME% to Platinum Computer Solutions!!!
echo Main Office information system network.
Rem Logon script
REM Drive Mappings**********************
echo J: drive mapped to the Data Directory
NET USE J: thorDATA /yes
echo P: drive mapped to the Public Directory
NET USE P: thorPUBLIC /yes
echo S: drive mapped to the User Directory
NET USE S: thorPROFILES%USERNAME%
echo U: drive mapped to the Utility Directory
NET USE U: thorUtil /yes
NET TIME thor /SET /YES