How to Set Windows User Account Picture From Active Directory

Posted on November 30, 2016 · Posted in Active Directory, Windows 10
windows account picture from ad thumbnailPhoto

In this article we’ll show how to get a user photo from Active Directory and use it as user account picture in Windows  (displayed on logon and the lock screen, in the start menu, etc.) The algorithm should work as follows: during user logon, the system must receive a user.. read more

Recovering Encrypted Files from VSS Snapshot after Ransomware Infection

Posted on November 22, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10, Windows 7
mount shadow copy using vshadow.exe

We go on with the series of articles concerning the countermeasures against ransomware. Last time we considered a simple way of protection against encryption ransomware.on Windows file servers using FSRM. Today we’ll talk about how to easily recover your files if the ransomware has already penetrated on the computer and.. read more

How to Import User Photo to Active Directory Using PowerShell

Posted on November 18, 2016 · Posted in Active Directory, Powershell
import user photo to ad

Among user attributes starting from the version of Active Directory schema in Windows Server 2000, there is a special attribute thumbnailPhoto, in which a user photo (or any other images) can be stored as binary data. Outlook since 2010, Lync, SharePoint (and other applications) can use the data contained in.. read more

How to Filter Event Logs by Username in Windows 2008 and higher

Posted on November 17, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
filtered security log

In Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, you could easily filter the events in the system Event Log Viewer by a specific user account if you enter the desired username in the User field of the log filter. But in Windows Server 2008 / Windows 7, this simple way of.. read more

Disable Creating Thumbs.db on Network Folders

Posted on November 14, 2016 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
Folder In Use The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program

One of the subscribers has found an interesting peculiarity of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 when working with network shares. The problem was that right after copying or moving a directory in the share, the system refused to delete or rename it. You could only rename or delete this folder.. read more

How To Backup and Restore IIS configuration to Another Server

Posted on November 11, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
appcmd - backup iis site config

This article describes how to create the backup of IIS Web site, application pool and configuraion and restore them on another server. This guide will help you to create your own plan of emergency recovery for IIS-based websites, migrate the configuration and websites between the servers or add a new.. read more

How to Upgrade VM Hardware Version in VMWare ESXi

Posted on November 10, 2016 · Posted in VMWare
vmware vm hardware version

In each new ESXi release, VMware updates the VM version and, consequently, the parameters of virtual hardware. As a rule, in the new VM version new features appear, old bugs are fixed, etc. So when moving to a newer ESXi version it is recommended to upgrade virtual hardware version for.. read more

Using FSRM on Windows File Server to Prevent Ransomware

Posted on November 8, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
StartRansomwareBlockSmb.cmd

In this article, we’ll consider the methods of using File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) features on a file server running Windows Server 2012 R2 to detect and block ransomware. In particular, we’ll tell how to install FSRM service on the file server, configure file screening, and in the case ransomware.. read more

How to Run SysPrep on Upgraded Windows

Posted on November 3, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation

I have faced a strange error when trying to run SysPrep on the installed system, which is going to be used to create a reference image to deploy Windows 10 using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. After starting SysPrep, the following error appears:

Auditing Windows Server: Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Posted on November 2, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012
gpo audit policies: object access

Maintaining a consistent and comprehensive auditing strategy for the Windows Server is an important part of any organization’s security plan. IT administrators have several choices at their disposal when it comes to auditing Windows Server; they can either deploy third-party solutions or make use of native methods. Whichever method you.. read more