These days, a proper Windows file server is considered "commodity". NAS boxes are considered commodities too. Should you wish not to stick to commodities and live "off-the-grid", your LAN documents sharing needs may simply be served by a simple CentOS box (configured with Samba).   "What's the catch"?! No centralised Users management (such as when on Active… Read More


    or How-to forcefully RE-APPLY GPPs (and "do not reapply"). Someday I was playing with Group Policy Preferences (GPPs) and I noticed that my policy didn’t literally apply more than once (ie. after updating one of the policy preferences with the "new settings", that is)! To reproduce the issue, I followed these steps: 1. Created… Read More


  Someday I had a VM installed on a passthrough Hard Disk Drive. Some weekend, instead of going out, I decided I required that bloody drive to experiment "some more" ('though, a compassionate hoarder feeling inside of me didn't want to bork that OS). My solution was to migrate my Virtual Machine into a VHD… Read More


If you want to join your system to an Active Directory Domain, BUT you don't wanna lose your data & restart from scratch (ie. your Desktop, files, settings, shortcuts, you-name-it), here's how.   Gimme fuel. Before actually doing your real Local User Account to Domain User Account "profile migration", make yourself a favour — do a… Read More


In case you’ve been Folder Redirecting any User’s Home Folders and along the way you've decided it’s not you cake, to restore your User's profile to its original shape, there are some things you can do. Since Folder Redirection is a complex (and sometimes convoluted) topic, I don’t mean to be 100% exhaustive (but I'll… Read More


Veggies. This post is a humble summary of Alan Burchill's brilliant post published at the following address in 2010: http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/01/how-to-use-group-policy-preferences-to-secure-local-administrator-groups/ Alan is the überhero (& self-declared genius...), so please thank him for his precious time and effort. Alan's methods reconnects to one of my previous articles were I talked about granting Local Admins credentials to… Read More


  If you are in the process of deploying a new CA, and you are thinking of issuing Certs that use SHA512 Hashes, think again! (From https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2973337):"If you currently use SHA512 certificates, and do not have this update installed, you may have problems in one or more of the following scenarios by using TLS 1.2:… Read More


  [UPDATE - 2016/Jul/30 - Windows 10 Support and Recommendations]:   Thanks to Microsoft's policy of backwards compatibility, Windows 10 supports Autologin, so the below "ORIGINAL ARTICLE" instructions still do work. 'Though, before setting up Password-less Autologin on Windows 10, you might wish to investigate if your device supports Windows Hello and (if not), perhaps… Read More


  As I said on my previous post titled "3 ways to grant “Local Admin” permissions to Domain Users": There are 2 ways to use Restricted Groups. The first way simply adds New Users along the pre-existing Local Administrators Users (within the (Local) "Administrators"-Group). The second way resets (ie. deletes/wipes) ALL the pre-existing Local Administrators Users… Read More


  There are three ways (that I know of..), to grant “Local Machine” Administrator credentials to a Windows Domain User: lusr-method (!). "Restricted Groups" / Secure Restricted Groups (convenient for that funny bunch). “Secure Local Administrators” (a-la Alan's way).   lusrmgr.msg. to grant “Local Machine” Administrator permissions to a Windows Domain User through lusrmgr.msc: Remotely… Read More


  2 Options. When you need to provision a new Windows program to by multiple Users (ie. that remotely login to the same TS/RDS Host), you have 2 options. Setup.EXE VS Setup.MSI If your app comes packaged with a 3rd party installer (generally "Setup.EXE"), you'll need to manually place your TS/RDS Host into "Install Mode".… Read More


    As promised, today I will continue blogging on how to Setup a Windows RESET Image to Restore your System to a previously working state. This post builds on my previous ones (reported here for convenience): 1. Best Windows UEFI/GPT partitioning scheme 2. HOW-TO Setup a Windows REFRESH Image. Please note – the RESET… Read More