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Hardening Windows Server 101: Understanding Third Party Security Configuration Baselines

Windows Server 2016 comes reasonably secure “out of the box”. But it’s important to remember that while the server is reasonably secure, not every security control that is can be configured for Windows Server 2016 (and the more recently released ... continue reading

SCCM on Windows Server 2016: The Defender Gotcha

Hello! My name is Todd Linke, and I am a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft where I specialize in System Center Configuration Manager. I was working with some customers who were seeing strange behavior on their SCCM Site Servers. In ... continue reading

PowerShell Basics: Finding Your Way in the PowerShell Console

For me, one of the most important features of PowerShell is the ability to find all the answers you need in the shell. From the early days, PowerShell has included commands for finding cmdlets and functions within the shell including ... continue reading
Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (November, 2018)

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (November, 2018)

Hi there! This is Stanislav Belov here, and you are reading the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series! As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and ... continue reading

Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019. For now, download the content here: Windows-10-1809-Security-Baseline-FINAL. It ... continue reading
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Step-By-Step: Enabling Advanced Security Audit Policy via Directory Services Access

Active directory is one of the more impactful services from a security perspective within an organization. Even small changes with in an Organization’s AD can cause a major business impact. Preventing any unauthorized access and unplanned changes in an AD ... continue reading
Does Disabling User/Computer GPO Settings Make Processing Quicker?

Does Disabling User/Computer GPO Settings Make Processing Quicker?

Hi everyone! Graeme Bray with you again today to talk about an age old discussion point. Does Group Policy process quicker if you disable the User/Computer sections of a specific policy? We’re going to walk through my lab setup, grabbing ... continue reading
Tick Tock: Time to Dive Deep!

Tick Tock: Time to Dive Deep!

Looking at the Windows Time process and configuration there and back again As last we met, I am Tim Medina Sr PFE with Microsoft and we are coming to a conclusion of our three-part journey in time. First we took ... continue reading

Security baseline (DRAFT) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft is pleased to announce the draft release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1809 (a.k.a., “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019. Please evaluate these proposed baselines and send us your feedback via ... continue reading
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