How to Install and Configure SMTP Server on Windows Server 2012 R2

Posted on May 19, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2

On all versions of Windows Server, you can setup built-in SMTP server. This SMTP server inside the organization can serve as a mail relay receiving and sending SMTP messages from and to different devices (like senders, scanners,  access control devices, etc.) and applications (web applications, SQL Reporting Services, SharePoint), which.. read more

Block Untrusted Fonts in Windows 10

Posted on May 17, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
Untrusted Font Blocking - Windows 10 Policy

One of the ways to attack Windows machines gaining popularity is the exploitation of vulnerabilities in Windows font driver by means of loading and running a special crafted font file. To implement such attack, a hacker just has to make a user open a specially constructed document, web-page or run.. read more

Killing Windows Services that Hang on “Stopping”

Posted on May 13, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012
Windows Service hang on "Stopping"

Most Windows administrators have faced a problem, when they try to stop (restart) a service, but it gets stuck with the Stopping status. You won’t be able to stop this service from Service Management (services.msc) console, since all buttons for this service become inactive. The easiest way is to restart.. read more

How to Clean Up and Reset COM ports in Windows 7

Posted on May 12, 2016 · Posted in Windows 7
COM Name Arbiter

Each time when you connect a new COM device or a USB device (true for modems, smartphones, Bluetooth, serial-to-USB converters, etc.), Windows detects it using Plug-n-Play and assigns it some COM port number in the range of 1 to 255. If this device is connected again, the reserved port is.. read more

Configuring Remote Control in SCCM 2012

Posted on May 6, 2016 · Posted in SCCM
approve sccm remote control session

In this article, we’ll consider the peculiarities of configuration and use of the remote connection to the desktops of client computers with System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Usually, the remote management is used for remote administration or customer support using HelpDesk services.  Remote support user can view and interact with.. read more

AutoRedial for VPN Connections in Windows 8/10/2012

Posted on May 5, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012
VPN option tab Windows 8 / Windows 2012

I was surprised, not much, however, when I found that in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 or higher Microsoft had slightly “refined” the VPN connection settings. To be more precise, removed a number of settings in the Options tab. Here is what it looked like in Windows 7:

Disable Outlook Mailbox Auto-Mapping in Exchange

Posted on April 22, 2016 · Posted in Exchange
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A new feature Mailbox Auto-Mapping appeared in Exchange 2010 SP1. When a user gets Full Access permissions to a mailbox in Exchange organization, after Outlook is restarted by the user, this mailbox is automatically mapped as a new additional mailbox in Outlook profile.

How to Grant non-Administrators Rights to Manage Services

Posted on April 20, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
service security settings

By default, common users with no system administrator privileges cannot manage Windows services. It means that they cannot stop, start or change the settings or permissions for such services. In some cases, it is necessary that a user had the permissions to restart or manage certain services. In this article,.. read more

How to Create, Modify and Delete Registry Keys Using GPO

Posted on April 14, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies
GPO registry update item

The settings the majority of applications and a lot of Windows tweaks are not subject to centralized management using Group Policy (GPO), but often these settings can be configured in the registry. In this article, we’ll consider how to centrally add, modify and delete register keys on the domain computers.. read more

Schedule Task to Start When Another Task Finishes

Posted on April 13, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
Task completed: eventid 102

In Windows Task Scheduler, you can run tasks both on the schedule and after the specific event is registered in the log. (It has been described in the article “Event Triggers in Windows“.) In this article we’ll consider how to automatically start a Scheduler task after the previous task is.. read more