Part 6: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

Overview This is Part 6 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to extend the Active Directory schema to create a new confidential attribute which is where the workstation's local administrator password will be stored.  In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 – Overview Here is Part…

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Configuring Exchange 2013 SP1 to Accept AD FS Claims

Overview In this post I am going to show you how to configure Exchange 2013 SP1 to accept AD FS claims. Not only that, I am going to provide a PowerShell Script that I wrote to make lab testing this functionality much easier. In case you missed it, Exchange 2013 SP1 fully supports AD FS…

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Exchange 2013 SP1 Is Available

In case you missed it, Exchange 2013 SP1 was released on February 25, 2014. You can read more about the release dates and build numbers here. You can download Exchange 2013 SP1 here.  I recommend immediately applying the following hotfix to resolve a 3rd party transport agent issue as per KB2938053. Although Exchange 2013 SP1…

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Windows 8.1 Logon Script Delay Group Policy Setting

If you are evaluating Windows 8.1 in an enterprise environment that also contains logon scripts there is a new Group Policy setting you should be aware of. Windows 8.1 by default delays logon scripts for 5 minutes. There are many poorly written or misbehaving logon scripts out there, the 5 minute delay will ensure that…

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Creating A PowerShell Driven XAML Self Help Center

Overview In this post I will demonstrate how to make a self help center using XAML and PowerShell. In case you missed it, I demonstrated how to integrate XAML into PowerShell here. The main objective of that post was to quickly demonstrate how to integrate XAML into PowerShell and it concluded with a simple application…

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Part 5: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

Overview This is Part 5 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to log the results of each function within the solution to a log file for troubleshooting purposes.  In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 – Overview Here is Part 2 – Random Password Generation Here is Part 3…

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Part 4: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

Overview This is Part 4 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to update the password of a local user account using PowerShell.  In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 – Overview Here is Part 2 – Random Password Generation Here is Part 3 – Secure Active Directory…

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Part 3: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

Overview This is Part 3 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to securely connect to Active Directory and update an Active Directory attribute using PowerShell.  In case you missed it; Here is Part 1 – Overview Here is Part 2 – Random Password Generation If you want to…

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Integrating XAML into PowerShell

Overview In laymen's terms, XAML provides a way to write a GUI for PowerShell. If you ever wrote HTA's for VBScript, the concept of how XAML works is much easier to understand. See here for a more detailed explanation of XAML: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752059(v=vs.110).aspx. In case you have never head of an HTA see here for more…

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Exchange 2010 TIFF iFilters

Overview Exchange 2010 has an interesting if little known feature based on Windows TIFF iFilters. I had an interesting problem not long ago where a customer wanted to be able to scan as many attachment types as possible for specific key words. The well known filters were the Office 2010 iFilter pack available here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2460041/en-us….

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