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Display the progress of long-running tasks in PowerShell with Show-Progress instead of Write-Progress

28 juillet 2021 à 15:44

The Show-Progress function provides a nice, compact way to display the progress of longer-running tasks in PowerShell. You can use it as a replacement for Write-Progress. While this has the advantage of being a "native" cmdlet with a few options to customize the progress of tasks, it occupies a bit of real estate in the PowerShell window (the upper portion of the console), sometimes hiding interesting information. The Show-Progress function is only a single line of text, at the current cursor position, and does not hide any output or status messages from other commands.

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AdvancedRun, NSudo: Run programs as SYSTEM or Trusted Installer using free tools

29 juillet 2021 à 18:05

Running programs as SYSTEM or Trusted Installer may be needed by administrators. We look at a couple of free utilities that make this easy.

The post AdvancedRun, NSudo: Run programs as SYSTEM or Trusted Installer using free tools first appeared on 4sysops.

How to set up a vSphere 7 Update 2 Native Key Provider

30 juillet 2021 à 17:26

VMware vSphere 7 Update 2 finally offers a long-awaited Native Key Provider (NKP), which is built in in vSphere. It's not a "full blown" KMS server, as the NKP can only talk to vSphere and you can't point other things at it. It is a vSphere-only feature.

The post How to set up a vSphere 7 Update 2 Native Key Provider first appeared on 4sysops.

Provide strong Windows authentication using virtual smart cards

2 août 2021 à 20:39

Virtual smart cards provide the benefits of physical smart cards without extra costs or hardware. They are based on a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and authenticate users with a certificate against Active Directory, like a physical smart card.

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Assign NTFS permissions using Group Policy

3 août 2021 à 17:36

You can use group policies to set access rights to directories or files for multiple computers. They not only save you the interactive configuration but also ensure that permissions do not deviate from the default in the future.

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Deploying Windows Hello for Business

4 août 2021 à 20:01

Anyone who has purchased a Windows device from Microsoft or several other vendors in the last few years might have been presented with Windows Hello. A biometrics-based technology (face or fingerprint scans), it lets you securely and quickly sign in to your device. In this article, we'll look at a real-world deployment of Windows Hello for Business at a small independent school in Australia.

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Migrating AD certificate services to SHA-2: Considerations and challenges

5 août 2021 à 20:06

Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) has been around since the mid-90s and is one of the leading cryptographic hash algorithms used to secure digital resources. The initial standard (SHA-1) has now been around long enough that hackers know its weak points and can exploit systems secured with this hash algorithm. Therefore, it is time for organizations to migrate away from SHA-1 in favor of SHA-2.

The post Migrating AD certificate services to SHA-2: Considerations and challenges first appeared on 4sysops.

VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2 Cluster Service (vCLS) and Retreat Mode

6 août 2021 à 17:26

VMware introduced vSphere Cluster Services (vCLS) in vSphere 7.0 Update 1, and we reported on that in detail here. These vCLS mini-VMs, also called agent VMs, must be run on the cluster. However, there is a way to disable them, and we'll show you how and why you might need to do this.

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How to migrate Active Directory Certificate Services to SHA-2 and Key Storage Provider

9 août 2021 à 20:09

Businesses need to migrate from the deprecated SHA-1 to SHA-2 to bolster their cybersecurity posture. They may still be running Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) using the SHA-1 cryptographic hash, along with the weaker Cryptographic Service Provider (CSP). In my previous post I discussed considerations when migrating AD certificate services to SHA-2. Let's look at how to replace them with SHA-2 and Key Storage Provider (KSP).

The post How to migrate Active Directory Certificate Services to SHA-2 and Key Storage Provider first appeared on 4sysops.

How to reset an Active Directory password with PowerShell

10 août 2021 à 17:06
Par : Leos Marek

Active Directory (AD) account password reset is a common task for support personnel. In this post, we will take a look at several possibilities for how to reset an AD password using PowerShell.

The post How to reset an Active Directory password with PowerShell first appeared on 4sysops.

Pulseway remote monitoring with client portal and self-service troubleshooting

11 août 2021 à 15:48

Monitoring and managing remote endpoints and supporting remote users can be challenging. The latest release of Pulseway RMM provides a new client portal to help businesses meet these challenges.

The post Pulseway remote monitoring with client portal and self-service troubleshooting first appeared on 4sysops.

Create and update the Group Policy Central Store for ADMX templates

12 août 2021 à 20:03

Each Windows PC contains its own set of administrative templates for group policies. However, they can be better managed in a central location. This is all the more true when ADMX files are added for several applications. Updating templates in the Group Policy Central Store can be tricky, though.

The post Create and update the Group Policy Central Store for ADMX templates first appeared on 4sysops.

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2 HCI Mesh configuration

13 août 2021 à 20:36

VMware HCI mesh for compute-only nodes was introduced with vSphere 7.0 Update 2 and allows you to connect to VMware vSAN datastores from another cluster. This cluster can be a host-only cluster without internal storage participating in a vSAN capacity.

The post VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2 HCI Mesh configuration first appeared on 4sysops.

Step by step: How to deploy a Cloud PC with Windows 365

16 août 2021 à 17:02

Microsoft recently unveiled the Windows 365 platform. It is a new solution that provides a streamlined way for businesses, large and small, to set up a cloud-based Windows PC. It is a fresh take from Microsoft on the concept of VDI and how it is implemented, billed, and serviced.

The post Step by step: How to deploy a Cloud PC with Windows 365 first appeared on 4sysops.

Migration from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge: Managing GPOs, security baselines, updates, and compatibility

17 août 2021 à 20:08

Chromium-based Edge has been part of Windows 10 since 20H2. Internet Explorer (IE) is still on board, but its support ends in June 2022. If you want to replace it with a managed Edge, you will have to deal with tasks such as configuring GPOs and updates or redirecting legacy websites to IE.

The post Migration from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge: Managing GPOs, security baselines, updates, and compatibility first appeared on 4sysops.

Consolidating Group Policy, part 1: Get-GpoReport and Advanced Group Policy Management (AGMC)

18 août 2021 à 18:38

In this series of three posts, I will discuss various tools that allow you to manage and consolidate your Group Policy environment. In today's article, I will make some general remarks and take a look at two useful GPO tools: Get-GpoReport and Advanced Group Policy Management.

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Consolidating Group Policy, part 2: GPOZaurr

19 août 2021 à 12:42

GPOZaurr from Evotec IT is a PowerShell module that is very useful for consolidating and managing Group Policy. In this post, I will demonstrate how you can use GPOZaurr to create Group Policy reports and deal with broken, disabled, invalid, or inapplicable GPOs. This is the second post in my series about Group Policy consolidation.

The post Consolidating Group Policy, part 2: GPOZaurr first appeared on 4sysops.

Using ESXi ISO image builder with VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2

20 août 2021 à 15:09

Creating custom ESXi images is useful when you need to add custom drivers to your installation ESXi ISO. Previously, there were third-party tools that are no longer maintained. However, since vSphere 6.x, VMware has offered its own utility, which is built into vSphere, called ESXi Image Builder.

The post Using ESXi ISO image builder with VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2 first appeared on 4sysops.

Install a secondary domain controller using Install from Media (IFM)

23 août 2021 à 16:42

When a new domain controller (DC) is installed remotely, the initial replication traffic for synchronizing all directory objects can be significant. However, bandwidth can still be limited for businesses maintaining remote locations. Using the "install from media" (IFM) option significantly reduces the amount of data replicated after setting up a new DC.

The post Install a secondary domain controller using Install from Media (IFM) first appeared on 4sysops.
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