Performing a manual installation of Windows Server is acceptable if you have only a single machine to install. However, if you deploy multiple instances, you want to use an automated approach. One of the oldest mechanisms provided by Microsoft for this purpose is answer files. This article shows you how to create them with Windows System Image Manager.The post Automate Windows Server setup using an answer file first appeared on 4sysops.
The Virtual Machine Compute Optimizer (VMCO) is a free tool from the VMware Flings site at flings.vmware.com that enables you to capture information about the hosts and VMs running in your vSphere environment. It generates a report on your VMs and shows you whether your VMs are optimized. It takes the configuration of the host's memory and CPU into consideration.The post VMware Virtual Machine Compute Optimizer free tool first appeared on 4sysops.
Officially, the Active Directory module for PowerShell 7 is only supported for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. However, as it turns out, you can also install the PowerShell module on Windows Server 2016 and even Windows 7. On Linux and MacOS, you can leverage PowerShell remoting to manage Active Directory. This raises the question of whether Microsoft's cross-platform approach for PowerShell really makes sense.The post How to install the PowerShell 7 Active Directory module first appeared on 4sysops.
Each Exchange mailbox can be assigned multiple email addresses. These proxy addresses are also called aliases. Until now, you could use them to receive messages, but to send emails, you had to use the standard address. Now Microsoft 365 also allows you to send email via an alias.The post Send emails in Exchange Online using an alias address: Configuration with PowerShell and admin center first appeared on 4sysops.
RDCMan is for users who need to manage many RDP connections. This tool consolidates them into groups and thus allows settings and actions to be applied to a collection of hosts. Microsoft took RDCMan off the market in 2020 because of security flaws, but it is back now as part of SysInternals.The post Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is back as a member of SysInternals first appeared on 4sysops.
Les utilisateurs de Twitter ont désormais la possibilité d'utiliser des clés de sécurité comme seule forme d'authentification à deux facteurs (2FA), sur web et mobile, ce qui signifie qu’il est possible d’enregistrer une ou plusieurs clés de sécurité comme seule forme d’authentification sur son compte Twitter sans méthode 2FA de secours. Avec cette mise à jour, Twitter cherche à ce que chacun se sente capable d'activer les clés de sécurité pour mieux sécuriser son compte.The post Twitter – Des clés de sécurité comme seule forme d’authentification à deux facteurs pour les utilisateurs first appeared on UnderNews.
Group policies play a central role in the management of Microsoft Office, especially for security configuration. The cloud policy service allows admins to customize Office apps via an M365 service, even if the PCs are not members of a domain.The post Manage Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise (Office ProPlus) using the cloud policy service first appeared on 4sysops.
This guide provides information about BIOS optimization for VMware ESXi 7.x. When you buy new hardware, after verifying that ESXi 7.x is a supported hypervisor, you'll need to configure BIOS. The configuration process is, in part, about performance tweaks.The post BIOS optimization settings for VMware ESXi 7.x first appeared on 4sysops.
The automatic or out-of-office "OOF" reply (also called "out-of-office assistant") has been available in Exchange for a long time and is one of the most important features for end users. If they can't set up their automatic replies themselves, the admin can use ECP and PowerShell to do so.The post Configure automatic reply message in Exchange with PowerShell or ECP first appeared on 4sysops.
With my PowerShell script, you can easily import rules from an Excel sheet to the Microsoft Defender Firewall in Windows 10. The script reads the ports that need to be opened or blocked from a simple CSV file.The post Import Microsoft Defender Firewall rules from an Excel sheet with PowerShell in Windows 10 first appeared on 4sysops.
Managing PowerShell across an organization can be difficult. ScriptRunner Portal Edition R1 is a PowerShell management platform with a new web portal for PowerShell script administration.The post ScriptRunner Portal Edition: Manage PowerShell scripts throughout your organization first appeared on 4sysops.
The UI facelift and some other innovations in Windows 11 have received the most attention so far. But some other changes might be more interesting for professional users. Microsoft is raising the hardware requirements for the new operating system, which many office PCs will not meet. In addition, there will be new rules for updates and support.The post Hardware, licensing, support: What Windows 11 means to professional users first appeared on 4sysops.
DRS Dump Insight is a portal where you can upload drmdump files for further analysis. VMware DRS Dump Insight 2.0 is an updated release that reflects changes within the VMware DRS mechanism, which I discussed in a previous article about VMware vSphere 7 DRS scoring and configuration.The post Analyze drmdump files with VMware DRS Dump Insight first appeared on 4sysops.
As businesses look at phasing out legacy Windows Server versions, core services may need to be moved or migrated to new Windows Server versions. One service you may need to move is Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS). Let's see how to migrate AD CS from Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2019.The post Migrate AD certificate services to a new server first appeared on 4sysops.
The use of unencrypted LDAP poses a risk. It allows attackers to exploit a vulnerability to gain elevated privileges. These, in turn, can be used for man-in-the-middle attacks. Several LDAP settings can help admins protect their systems against these threats.The post Secure domain controllers with LDAP channel binding and LDAP signing first appeared on 4sysops.
A popular topic in security circles these days is preventing lateral movement. Network segregation for admin tasks, or what Microsoft calls PAW—privileged access workstation—is key here.The post Privileged access workstation (PAW) and lateral movement first appeared on 4sysops.
Since Windows 10 1909, Microsoft has displayed a widget in the taskbar that shows content from MSN, such as weather or stock quotes. These "news and interests" are probably not required or desired in most professional environments. They can be deactivated via Group Policy.The post Deactivate Windows 10 widget "News and interests" with Group Policy first appeared on 4sysops.
Microsoft has announced yet another cloud service for virtual desktops called Windows 365. The main difference between this and Windows Virtual Desktop is that this service allows PCs to be provisioned and managed more easily. In addition, licensing is handled through a subscription per user and month.The post Microsoft Windows 365: Fixed-price cloud PC with simplified deployment first appeared on 4sysops.