My boss has told me that I would be allowed to run Linux (instead of Windows7) on my work PC if I can still manage MS Active Directory within it - not using an RDP. I searched and see suggestions that were made for WinServer 2003 and older. Are there any tools that work for managing AD that is running on WinServer 2008 and 2012?

  • Is a local Windows VM on your machine an option, bridged to the LAN, for Windows-specific management tools? – Thomas Ward Mar 3 '17 at 18:29
  • I think he wants to challenge my request, by demanding that it be directly in the OS - I know the Desktop Engineers do not allow VMs of Windows running within the LAN. – Gary H Mar 3 '17 at 19:13

There is Adaxes that allows you to do pretty much all AD-related tasks from a web interface.

It's a third party tool that is probably more useful for automation, but it can do the trick. Maybe there's something similar out there with the same approach.

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