Windows Group Policy vs. Logon Scripts. What’s the right option?

Written by Mark Farrugia, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Recently I was asked an interesting question from one of my customers: “What is Microsoft’s recommended practice around using Logon Scripts versus using Group Policy?” To my knowledge, Microsoft doesn’t provide a lot of guidance with respect to this specific question. The logon script parameter available in…


Beyond Antivirus Software: 7 Additional Ways to Secure a Windows Desktop

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Most computer end-users thinks that if they’re running antivirus software then their safe from all the malicious users out on the internet. People feel their antivirus software is the first and last line of defense in the ongoing battle of online security. People feel because they…


PAL 2.0: Tame Perfmon and Simplify Windows Performance Management [PODCAST]

Care of our friends over at Run As Radio, Clint Huffman talks to Richard Campbell and Greg Hughes about Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) 2.0,  a tool that saves you time by automating the analysis of Windows performance monitor (perfmon) logs. PAL makes the performance counters in perfmon far easier to manage and visualize by…


Automation: Why Laziness is a Good Trait in IT System Administrators

Written by Mark Farrugia, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada. I was once told that the best system administrators are usually the laziest people. I didn’t take that statement seriously until I gave it some thought and started taking into consideration that it does in fact hold some truth. Provided you care…


How To Control Applications In Windows 7 With AppLocker

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer For my follow up article to How to use Windows 7 to lock down removable media and keep your computer safe, I would like to discuss another feature within Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions that both individuals and enterprises can take advantage of – AppLocker….


How to use Windows 7 to lock down removable media and keep your computer safe

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer You stop in at your local coffee shop that offers free Wi-Fi access. Sure enough you have someone hanging around with their laptop. They step away and leave their machine unattended; they may have locked the screen, but they left the laptop powered up and unattended…