How to Reduce the Application StartUp Delay in Windows 8

Posted on June 22, 2014 · Posted in Windows 8
Windows 8: Reduce Application StartUp Delay

Almost all users who have recently migrated to Windows 8 note a slower launch of the applications in the startup compared to the previous Windows versions. Indeed, the startup apps launch some seconds after the Start screen appeared. It feels like the system holds on for a while before launching.. read more

Java Settings Management with Group Policies

Posted on June 20, 2014 · Posted in Active Directory
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Today we’ll deal with the configuration peculiarities of Java SE centralized security settings on corporate computers using Windows group policies (GPO). These policies should prevent downloading and running untrusted Java applets and ActiveX objects on corporate computers.

How to Get Plain Text Passwords of Windows Users

Posted on June 18, 2014 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2
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In this article, written as a part of a series devoted to Windows systems security (in the last article we discussed the security issues of passwords stored in the GPP), we will learn quite a simple method to get unencrypted passwords of all the users working in a Windows system.

Limited Wi-Fi Access in Windows 8.1 – Troubleshooting

Posted on June 9, 2014 · Posted in Windows 8
windows 8.1 limited wifi connection

In this article we’ll try to find a solution to a common problem of Wi-Fi connection in Windows 8.1, namely, the limited Internet connectivity and self-disconnection from a Wi-Fi access point.

Full Mailbox and Single Item Recovery in Exchange 2013

Posted on June 6, 2014 · Posted in Exchange
"restore item" folder

We go on with a series of articles on backup and recovery of the mailbox database of the Exchange 2013 server. In the previous articles we showed how to back up the Exchange 2013 mailbox database and how to recover it into a special database (recovery database). Today we will.. read more

HP ILO Management Using PowerShell

Posted on June 2, 2014 · Posted in Powershell
manage hp ilo cards with powershell

Recently Hewlett-Packard has issued a set of 110 PowerShell cmdlets allowing Windows administrators and IT professionals to remotely configure and manage HP ILO interfaces on HP servers from Windows systems. This set of cmdlets is called HP Scripting Tools for Windows PowerShell and designed to work with HP iLO 3.. read more

How to repair UEFI Bootloader in Windows 8

Posted on May 16, 2014 · Posted in Windows 8
boot configuration errors 0xc000000f or missing file \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD

In this article we will learn how to repair Windows 8 bootloader on a computer with UEFI. The corruption of the Windows 8 bootloader can occur after the installation of the second OS (in Dual Boot configurations), be caused by the erroneous actions while failure recovering and for some other.. read more

Password Security with Group Policy Preferences

Posted on May 14, 2014 · Posted in Active Directory
32 byte AES key for encrypt passwords in GPP

Group Policy Preferences (GPP) is a powerful Windows group policy extension that makes setting and management of the park of computers easier and is a sort of substitution to different scripts in GPO. One of the GPP opportunities is to manage passwords of local and service accounts widely used by.. read more

Powershell: Managing Printers and Their Drivers in Windows 8

Posted on April 29, 2014 · Posted in Windows 8
list installed print drivers with powershell

In the previous article we have studied old school VBS scripts that can be used to manage printers and printing system in all Windows versions, starting from Windows XP. Today, we are going to consider typical commands and procedures of printer and printer driver management in Windows 8.1 / Server.. read more

KMS Server Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2

Posted on April 24, 2014 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
get gvlk key for kms service at Microsoft Site

Own KMS server allows to make Microsoft products activation in a corporate network easier and in contrast to a usual activation process doesn’t require granting each computer access to the Internet to Microsoft activation servers. KMS infrastructure is rather simple, reliable and easily scalable (a single KMS server can maintain.. read more