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…


How To Build A Simple and Efficient Windows Monitoring Solution (DTW)

Written by Samuel Drey, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.  In this article, I’ll provide a quick reference guide and an Excel-based tool that allows you to build monitoring consoles using HTML without being a scripting star.  I call it the Document-Tool-Walkthrough (DTW). This is a new concept document/tool built using Excel that can help you to…


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….