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I was recently cleaning up a lot of old computer accounts in Active Directory, when I encountered the following message on a some of them:

Confirm Subtree Deletion

To dig into this a bit further, I went to View->Users, Contacts, Groups and Computers as containers from the Active Directory Users and Groups MMC.  With this view, I expanded the computer in question and saw that a MSMQ (Microsoft Message Queuing) object was inside the computer which made it a container.Container

To be honest, I was unaware that enabling MSMQ would make these types of changes within Active Directory, but it really did not matter as I was deleting them anyway.  These were XP computers, so I don’t know if that still occurs with Windows 7/8 systems or not.  It is not a service that is really used by user computers, so I don’t know why these few machines had it installed/configured.

If anyone has ideas or comments on this item, please post a comment and we can all learn a bit more.


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I recently got a request to add SSO to our IT self-service web portal which is running Joomla 2.5.  Sounded like a good idea as we have been doing as much as we can to make things simpler and easier for our users.  We already had LDAP integration and I thought if I could find the right plug-in(s), that it would not be too difficult.

What I found was a lot of different approaches and ideas and “things that worked for me” out on the Internet and I wanted to add to that list.  What I think makes this different is that I want to be very explicit in explaining the environments that are being used so that there is no confusion about whether or not this may work for you.  Hopefully, others will comment here with their experiences with other environments and platforms. [read more…]


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