Prevent Changing IE Proxy Settings Using GPO

Posted on July 27, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies
lockdown proxy dialog box

In this post, I’ll show you an easy way to prevent users without administrator privileges from changing the proxy server settings by blocking corresponding elements Internet Explorer dialog window using GPO.

Using Process Monitor to Solve a Slow Boot Problems

Posted on June 20, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7
procmon - boot Process Tree

To diagnose the reasons of slow Windows boot, there is a number of quite powerful tools and techniques of log analysis that allow performing the detailed debugging of all steps of system boot and start of services (xperf/xbootmgr from Windows Performance Toolkit / Analyzer). But their use can cause some.. read more

Managing Disconnected Mailboxes in Exchange Server

Posted on June 16, 2017 · Posted in Exchange
Exchange - Keep deleted mailboxes for days

When an Exchange mailbox or an Active Directory user account is deleted, a mailbox is not immediately deleted and is stored in the mailbox database for some time (30 days by default). Administrator can recover data from this mailbox or reassign it to another user. In this article, we’ll talk.. read more

Using PowerShell PackageManagement In Windows 10

Posted on June 15, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows Server 2016
Chocolatey repository website

The developers have included a new PowerShell module PackageManagement in Windows 10. PackageManagement (earlier called OneGet) allows to install, manage and uninstall applications and programs from an external (or local) repository, and manage the list of connected repositories from the PoSh console. In other words, now you can install programs.. read more

Outlook: How to Delete E-Mails Stuck in Outbox

Posted on June 9, 2017 · Posted in Outlook
outlook delete email stuck in outbox folder

The problem of an email stuck in the Outbox folder appears quite often in all Outlook versions. From the user point of view, it seems that an e-mail has got to the queue to be sent (Outbox) and cannot leave, thus hanging up in it. It often happens that you.. read more

How to Backup and Restore Boot Configuration (BCD) in Windows

Posted on June 7, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8
bcd configuration file in BOOT folder

Starting from Windows Vista, Microsoft stopped using the old Windows boot loader NTLDR, having replaced it with BOOTMGR. The code of the new boot manager is stored in a special file bootmgr in the root of the active partition. The boot manager is loading the system according to the existing.. read more

How to Access and Manage Windows Registry with PowerShell

Posted on June 2, 2017 · Posted in Powershell
powershell create registry parameter

Starting from its first version, PowerShell offers an administrator an extensive set of tools to interact with Windows system registry. If necessary, all typical operations with the registry can be performed not in the good old  Regedit interface, or reg.exe, but in PowerShell command prompt. In different scripts and scenarios.. read more

Traffic Encryption in SMB 3.0

Posted on · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
windows server 2012 Encrypt Data Access SMB Share

In the version of the Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0 protocol introduced in Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8, it became possible to encrypt data transferred over the network between the SMB file server and the clients. Data are encrypted transparently from the client’s point of view and doesn’t require.. read more

Troubleshoot Slow GPO Processing and Login Speed Impact

Posted on May 22, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies
gpresult html report

Quite often, domain users complain about slow computer startup and login time caused by long processing of Group Policies (GPO). From the user’s point of view, the computer boots for a long time and it seems it hangs up for several minutes on the stage of “Applying computer/user settings“. In.. read more

Stellar Exchange Toolkit: All-In-One Admin Utility

Posted on May 19, 2017 · Posted in Exchange, Tools
stellar exchnage toolkit main window

In any modern company, e-mail is one of the most important business components. Sometimes, even 10 minutes downtime of a user mailbox can result in significant financial and reputational losses. So, an Exchange administrator should have a clear plan how to backup and recover the mailbox databases. However, the recovery.. read more