Endpoint Protection Updates for Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Nicholas Jones, Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft, specializing in System Center Configuration Manager. For my first blog, I want to introduce you to updating System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) definition updates. Huge thanks to my colleague Jeramy Skidmore, Sr. Escalation Engineer, for helping me with this blog. If your company… Read more

Determining the Dominant User and Setting the ManagedBy Computer Attribute

Hi again, this is Stephen Mathews and I’m here to talk about how to determine the dominant or primary user of a Windows operating system. This insight can help administrators facilitate direct communication with the affected user when a system needs management, and can even help non-enterprise users, such as a parent questioning which child… Read more

Who broke my user GPOs?

Hi folks. From Orlando, Florida, Sean Greenbaum here with some news about a recent set of security patches released on June 14, 2016. If you’re reading this, chances are you are having group policy issues, or you heard this patch will cause you to have issues and you want to get ahead of it. So,… Read more

AppLocker – Another Layer in the Defense in Depth Against Malware

Hello, Paul Bergson here with a discussion on Security in particular utilizing Microsoft’s AppLocker to help prevent the infection of Malware. Ransomware has been getting a lot of attention. There have been several high profile attacks in the press over the past few months and Understanding the Risk is important. If people don’t understand the… Read more

Comparing Windows Server 2016 Nano TP5 Provisioning Time to GUI/Core Installation Options

Foreword Hello again from Prague! Here is Jaromir and, in this post, I’ll show you how you can play with ws2016lab to measure I/O consumption of each server installation option. I decided to compare the Nano Server IO footprint to other, traditional GUI/Core installations. Why? I just wanted to demonstrate that having unnecessary components is… Read more

PowerShell FAQ: Top 5 Questions about PowerShell from the Field

Hi folks, my name is Thiago Cardoso and I deliver workshops and custom support for our customers related to PowerShell, and I wanted to talk to you today about the top 5 questions I receive in the field: 1. Is it possible to update Windows 7 with PowerShell version 5? Yes, you can do this… Read more

Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 convenience roll-up now available at a download location near you! (KB3125574)

NOTE: This blog post was reviewed and approved by peers and program management of the team responsible for production and release of this convenience rollup. Hi everyone. Robert Smith here to let you know about a new convenience rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Microsoft has released a one-time convenience roll-up… Read more

Monitoring Service Accounts with System Center Operations Manager

Brad Watts with another blog on System Center Operations Manager. One of the common scenarios I run into with customers is monitoring service accounts with Operations Manager. Specifically, three common scenarios dealing with service accounts: · Account Locked Out: typically there are a group of service accounts that you need to know immediately if they… Read more

Preparing for DAC

Hello everyone. This is Randy Turner to share some insights learned with implementing Dynamic Access Control (DAC.) There are numerous posts which I will share at the end to discuss the steps to implement all the features covered by DAC, but very little on how to adopt these changes. DAC is just an outcome from… Read more

Installing Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10 Insider Preview

Hello again, Allen Sudbring here Premier Field engineer in the Central Region. Today I want to talk about an exciting new feature coming with the Anniversary update to Windows 10 that was announced at the Build 2016 conference, Bash command Shell on Windows 10. I am extremely excited about this feature because I work with… Read more