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

Windows 7/8.1 Update Error “The Processor is Not Supported” On New CPUs

Posted on June 1, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows 8
Windows 7 update error Unsupported hardware - the processor is not supported

Microsoft keeps surprising and shocking its users. Just a few days ago a colleague came to me with the following problem: he purchased and assembled a new PC with the new Intel Core i3 7100 processor. He successfully installed Windows 7 on it. But after some time, after Windows 7 downloaded.. 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

Generating Outlook 2010/2013 Signature Using AD Information

Posted on May 11, 2017 · Posted in Active Directory, Outlook
Outlook 2010 - generated signature

In this article we’ll show how to automatically create a user signature in Outlook 2010/2013 based on data from  Active Directory. The following scenario will be considered: the first time a new domain user is logged on to the workstation, the PowerShell script automatically generates an Outlook user signature file with.. read more

Fine-Grained Password Policy in Windows Server 2012 R2

Posted on May 5, 2017 · Posted in Active Directory, Windows Server 2012 R2
Fine Grained Password Policy for domain admins

In Active Directory version introduced in Windows Server 2000, you could create only one password policy for the entire domain. This policy was configured within the standard Default Domain Policy. If the administrator assigned a new GPO with other password settings to the OU, CSE (Client Side Extensions) would ignore.. read more

Using WMI Filter to Apply Group Policy to IP Subnet

Posted on May 3, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies
wmi query Win32_IP4RouteTable

This time it was necessary to apply GPO to computers in the specific IP subnet. In the simplest case, when the subnet is a part of a separate Active Directory site (and this is the only subnet in the site) you can assign your GPO to the AD site. It.. read more

Restoring Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10

Posted on April 26, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10
extracting file winre.wim from windows distribution

Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is the minimal OS based on Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) which includes a number of tools to recover, reset and diagnose Windows. If the main OS doesn’t boot on some reason, the computer tries to run WinRE, which may help to resolve the issues manually or.. read more