PowerShell : How do I set the delegation sensitive flag on users and computers ?


Kerberos Delegation, constrained and unconstrained is a complex topic, and one that often comes up when Security implications of External/Forests Trusts are discussed. Few days ago, on ActiveDir a similar topic was shed light upon. In brief Brian Arkills sums it up below,

The other security implication that most folks seem oblivious to is the one that comes with unconstrained Kerberos delegation across a trust. When you’ve got a single domain/forest by itself, your domain admin group controls who/what can use delegation. Once you setup a trust to another domain, you extend that ability to the domain admins in the other domain(s). In other words, the domain admins in the other domain can choose to allow a user/computer in their domain to permit unconstrained Kerberos delegation using the user accounts in *your* domain. Almost everyone says unconstrained delegation is bad, and the assumption is that no one will use it. But there are no controls in the product to prevent its use, except by also preventing any delegation (i.e. by marking all or a subset of user accounts as ‘sensitive to delegation’). And of course, unconstrained delegation is the only way to use delegation across a forest trust meaning it’s the only game in town for certain scenarios.

A service that runs under an account that is trusted for Kerberos delegation can assume/impersonate the identity of a client requesting the service. This parameter sets the TrustedForDelegation property of an account object. This value also sets the ADS_UF_TRUSTED_FOR_DELEGATION flag of the Active Directory User Account Control attribute.

It is that marking of the user accounts as “delegation sensitive” with PowerShell is what I would like to share with you.


For user and computer accounts, as stated above the setting is enclosed under the useraccountcontrol bits.


We take the TRUSTED_FOR_DELEGATION and its associated value in decimal i.e 524288 and assign it a variable.


Using Quest Cmdlets, we use the Set-QADUser and use the bitwise exclusive operator to set the flag as sensitive (Thanks to Shay Levy for helping me with the correct bitwise syntax)

Get-QADUser user1  |
    Set-QADObject $_ -ObjectAttributes @{userAccountControl= ($_.userAccountControl -bxor $NOT_DELEGATED)}

For computer accounts, there is an explicit parameter for the Set-QADComputer Cmdlet i.e -TrustForDelegation

With ADWS (the native AD Cmdlets) the same parameter (being applicable to both i.e users and computers) for Set-ADUser and Set-ADComputer is called –TrustedForDelegation.

By default, when an account has been granted delegation privileges *every* user account can be “impersonated” in this way. However, with above you can mark certain user accounts as “delegation sensitive”, which means that those user accounts can never be used in a delegation scenario. Marking admin accounts as delegation sensitive is highly recommended. Generally, delegation is used with Kerberos, but there is an option to use protocol transition so that NTLM might be used on some of the hops (this is called S4U). Also note that for service accounts (user accounts), the delegation tab will only appear (allowing for the constrained delegation) when there is a SPN registered against that user account.


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PowerShell : How to lookup Schema version of your forest ?


The schema version is revealed via the objectversion attribute off of the schema object from your configuration head of the forest i.e “cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=yourdomain,dc=int”.

So using Quest Cmdlets, you can run this query :

Get-QADObject "cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=yourdomain,dc=int" -ip objectversion | select objectversion


The –ip is the alias for includedproperties.

And, when using the native AD Cmdlets of Server 2008 R2 (ADWS), the syntax is slightly different ;

Get-ADObject "cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=r2,dc=lab" -properties objectversion


Above, you see the query ran with Quest Cmdlets resulting in objectversion 31 which is against a Server 2003 R2 Forest, whereas the latter is for a Server 2008 R2 Forest i.e Schema version 47.

PowerShell : How do I fix displayName attribute for all users in Active Directory ?


For small shops that do not leverage automated provisioning tools, they face challenge in keeping the attributes for Users and other objects in AD standardized. For similar situation, recently I was asked from Access Control team if there is an easy way to fix the displayName attribute for all users or to fill in the display name where its missing based on the Users’ first and last name. The answer is a simple PowerShell one-liner using Quest Cmdlets.

Using Get-QADUser cmdlet, you can define the location of all your users using the –searchlevel parameter or you can sweep the whole directory for all user accounts. And then pipe the results to the foreach and use Set-QADuser to fix the display names (in this example) based on the users’ first and last name

Get-QADUser mydomain.int/users -sl 0 | foreach {Set-QADUser $_ -DisplayName ("{0} {1}" -f $_.firstname,$_.lastname)}

The –sl 0 parameter defines the limit of users to 0.