WMI Explorer Utility

WMI Explorer looks like a useful tool for the Windows and SCCM admin. From http://wmie.codeplex.com/

WMI Explorer is a utility intended to provide the ability to browse and view WMI namespaces/classes/instances/properties in a single pane of view.

 Features


• Ability to browse and view WMI namespaces/classes/instances/properties in a single pane of view.
• Ability to provide alternate credentials for connecting to remote computers.
• Ability to filter classes and instances matching specified criteria.
• Ability to view classes/instances in Managed Object Format (MOF).
• Ability to search classes, methods and properties with names matching specified criteria.
• Ability to run custom WQL queries.
• Automatic generation of WQL query for the selected Class/Instance.
• Automatic script creation (PowerShell and VBS).
• Highlighting of objects that have been previously viewed in the same session.
• Lists property enumeration values (if available). This is generally useful for SMS Provider classes.
• Lists property values containing embedded objects. This is especially useful for SMS Provider classes.
• Caching of retrieved classes/instances.

User changed password in AD and keeps getting locked out

I’ve noticed that Active Directory account lockouts seem to be more common these days. I believe this is a result of the use of mobile devices, with some users having multiple mobile devices.

The most common cause of account lockout is when a user changes their password and doesn’t immediately update their password on a mobile device with an email account configured for ActiveSync. I’ve even had one person tell me that they did update their password on their iPhone, then after repeated account lockouts they remembered the iPad they left at home that also had their company email account on it.

If mobile devices with ActiveSync accounts isn’t the cause, I recommend using Account Lockout Examiner, a freeware tool from Netwrix.

Netwrix Account Lockout Examiner: Alert your help desk staff about lockout events and troubleshoot account lockouts, analyzing potential causes. Accounts can be unlocked within the console, a Web-based interface or via a mobile device.

Download it here.