Category: Technical Reference

Facebook increases privacy on all new posts by default

Looks like Facebook might be coming to its senses… http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/22/5739744/facebook-changes-default-privacy-of-posts-from-public-to-friends  

AD Reading: Active Directory DFS & FRS

The following are extremely useful resources for understanding the AActive Directory DFS & FRS. DFS Namespaces (DFSN) & DFS Replication (DFSR) Distributed File System (DFS) Technical Reference o   What Is DFS? o   How DFS Works o   DFS Tools and Settings How DFS Works o   DFS Terminology o   DFS Client and Server Compatibility o   Characteristics of …

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AD Reading: Active Directory Backup and Disaster Recovery

The following are extremely useful resources for understanding the Active Directory Backup and Disaster Recovery. Backup and Disaster Recovery AD DS Backup and Recovery Step–by–Step Guide o   What’s New in AD DS Backup and Recovery? o   Known Issues for AD DS Backup and Recovery o   Best Practices for AD DS Backup and Recovery o   General …

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AD Reading: Active Directory Authentication & Logon

The following are extremely useful resources for understanding the Active Directory Authentication & Logon. Authentication & Logon Logon and Authentication Technologies o   Digest Authentication Technical Reference o   Interactive Logon Technical Reference o   Kerberos Authentication Technical Reference What Is Kerberos Authentication? How the Kerberos Version 5 Authentication Protocol Works Kerberos Authentication Tools and Settings o   TLS/SSL …

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Hyper-V 2012 Resources

I have been researching Hyper-V 2012 quite a bit over the past couple of months. Here are some of the more useful links: Hyper-V Wikipedia article Microsoft Hyper-V Page Microsoft Hyper-V Blog Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Deploy Hyper-V over SMB Creating a Windows Server 2012 Failover …

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KMS Part 2

This is an addendum post to the original KMS info post with a bunch of useful info I gathered recently. Useful KMS and Windows activation commands: Change Windows 2008 R2 license key type from Retail to KMS activated: Slmgr /ipk 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y Clear cached KMS host: Slmgr.vbs /ckms Disable KMS host caching: Slmgr.vbs /ckhc Flush local …

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Security Considerations for Active Directory (AD) Trusts

  TechNet has an article on the Security Considerations for Active Directory (AD) Trusts. This is a must read to fully understand the issues with the security implications of trust configurations. Potential Threats to Interforest Trusts Security Settings for Interforest Trusts Minimum Administrative Credentials for Securing Trusts Trust Security and Other Windows Technologies Related Information …

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Microsoft Key Management Server (KMS) Details

KMS Introduction The Microsoft Key Management Server (KMS) is part of the Microsoft Volume Activation 2.0 solution managing Windows OS activation keys and performs activation for supported clients automatically. Starting with Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista, Microsoft switched to an online activation system where every Windows OS requires activation.  KMS shifts the activation requirement …

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Microsoft KMS Server

The KMS Server is the Key Management Server for Microsoft product activation, primarily OS activation. An organization can configure a KMS Server to service all activation requests in the enterprise.  In order for the KMS Server to activate Windows 7, the easiest method is to install KMS on a Windows 2008 R2 server (Windows 2003 …

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Using Group Policy Preferences for Password Management = Bad Idea

Using Group Policy Preferences for Password Management = Bad Idea OR “How to Get Your Network Owned in Several Simple Steps” One of my customers recently needed to change the local administrator password on several hundred Windows 7 workstations and was trying to determine the best method: PowerShell script or Group Policy Preferences. The easy …

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