Step-By-Step: Setting up Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

There are interesting new features now made available in Windows Server 2016 such as time based group membership, privileged access management, and others. Most will be covered in future posts. This post will detail how to install active directory on Windows Server 2016. Before the AD install however it is important to understand what is the minimum requirement to…


Step-By-Step: Assigning a Reserved IP Address to an Azure VM

IP address assignments in Azure are dynamic by default and can possibly change when a VM is restarted. Azure VMs can also be assigned static IPs. So why would you need to assign a static IP addresses to an Azure VM? 1) Application requirements – sometime applications need to connect with fixed IP address. For example, if it’s a…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Bash on Windows 10

At Build 2016 Microsoft announced that Bash will be coming to Windows 10 via the future release of the Anniversary update.  Made possible through the partnership of Microsoft & Canonical, this first class experience is made available natively a Windows desktop and required no VM to be run.  The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is…


Simulating A Ransomware Attack With PowerShell

Ransomware issues have escalated as of late.  While there is a common belief that there is no sure fire way of guaranteeing your organization will never be hit by a ransomware attack, IT administrators should be prepared to detect, stop, and recover from it when it strikes. But how does one test for ransomware detection? While it is ill…


Step-By-Step: Disabling the Windows 10 First Sign-in Animation via Group Policy

I recently was engaged in an interesting conversation surrounding Windows 10 while speaking at the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow event in Singapore pertaining to the animation that runs when the user first signs in to their Windows 10 notebook / tablet after a major upgrade.  Apparently users where pinging the local help desk after seeing the animation worried…

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Step-By-Step: Managing Multiple User Accounts Via Active Directory Admin Center

Normally in a Windows Server Active Directory environment, time is needed to apply same set of changes to a group of users. For example, let’s say a company's domain prefix changed. As the IT administrator you have been asked to change the UPN prefix for all users from abc.com to xyz.com. How long would it take to complete this change if…


PowerShell Tips: Who has Access To This Directory?

Here's a question many IT Administrators get from time to time: "Can you tell me who has access to this directory?" This question is being asked more often as many more devices are trying to gain access to the data you secure. While it is easy to see all the groups that have access just by right-clicking…


Step-By-Step: Building Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

Standard practice for most IT administrators when migrating to a new client offering entails creating a baseline image of a desired client state. Next the IT administrator wipes the computer to be worked on to image it with the newly created client image.  This procedure is not without it’s faults however and hardware inconsistencies have…

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Step-By-Step: Changing The UPN Suffix For An Entire Domain Via PowerShell

Some organizations require the use of multiple UPN suffixes for their operations. From time to time, these same organizations will have the requirement to do mass a UPN suffix change. I recently faced said challenge while changing the domain name suffix which ended with .local to a public domain name ending with .com. This needed…


20 Helpful Steps Migrating Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

Windows Server 2003 support ends July 14th 2015. While you’ve probably heard this a multitude of times, the severity of support no longer being offered by Microsoft for this aging server offering could be detrimental security wise to the organization you support. The following are 25 steps that I have been walking our customers through…

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