Windows Tip of the Week: Find your account password expiration date in an AD environment

Image of laptop with hand holding a skeleton key extending outwards through the display.In many cases your enterprise Active Directory will not involve too many domains, in fact it is quite common for an Active Directory implementation to only include one domain.  In some cases, however, when you have the unfortunate situation of having a username in multliple domains with differing policies on password expiration it is useful to be able to know when your password, or that of another user will expire.  Here is an easy way to accomplish this from the command line.

For the current active user

net user /domain

For a different user

net user /domain _username_here_

Here is an example of the output:

User name                    afore
Full Name                    Andrew Fore
User's comment
Country code                 000 (System Default)
Account active               Yes
Account expires              Never

Password last set            1/29/2015 4:38:37 PM
Password expires             4/29/2015 4:38:37 PM
Password changeable          1/29/2015 4:38:37 PM
Password required            Yes
User may change password     Yes

Workstations allowed         All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon                   3/18/2015 3:27:55 PM

Logon hours allowed          All

Local Group Memberships
Global Group memberships     *VMWare Admins        *Domain Users

If you notice there is a lot of useful information regarding the user account here, but of particular interest in my situation was the value of Password expires since I was trying to ensure that I got my password reset prior to the policy setting so that I would not find myself locked out over the weekend that I went on call when the Helpdesk would be closed.

Creating a firewalld service for Plex Media Server

plex_firewalldI recently rebuilt my Plex Media Server box as a CentOS 7 VM running on Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2012 setup.

When I installed the rpm and started the service I found that I was unable to load the interface on my desktop. I knew that it was running because I installed netstat and I was able to see the port was open for traffic and I was also able to load the interface locally in lynx on the server. Continue reading “Creating a firewalld service for Plex Media Server”