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

Posted on November 17th, 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

Auditing Windows Server: Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Posted on November 2nd, 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

KB3161949 Breaks SMB over NETBIOS Access Outside the Local Subnet

Posted on September 30th, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012
AllowNBToInternet

We have just learned what to do with MS16-072 update breaking the familiar GPO mechanism, and there appeared new problems with another security bulletin released in June — MS16-077 and KB3161949 update. After this update is installed on server systems, clients from other subnets are not able to connect to.. read more

Process Priority Management in Windows

Posted on June 21st, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 - six process priority

Let’s talk about the priority of Windows processes. In most cases, there is no need to think about the custom process priority settings, but sometimes a qualified system administrator can help a system to better allocate the processor time between running tasks. When is it needed? For example on the.. read more

Killing Windows Services that Hang on “Stopping”

Posted on May 13th, 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

AutoRedial for VPN Connections in Windows 8/10/2012

Posted on May 5th, 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:

Group Managed Service Accounts in Windows Server 2012

Posted on October 16th, 2015 · Posted in Windows Server 2012
msDS-GroupManagedServiceAccount

The technology of Managed Service Accounts (MSA) was firstly introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 to automatically manage (change) passwords of service accounts. Using Managed Service Accounts, you can considerably reduce the risk of system accounts running system services being compromised. (It’s no secret that there are a lot of.. read more

Enable Access-based Enumeration in Windows Server

Posted on April 29th, 2015 · Posted in Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 - Enable access-based enumeration

Access-based Enumeration allows on network shared folders hide files and folders from the users who don’t have NTFS permissions to access them. Thus you can provide additional security to the information stored in the network folder (due to hiding the structure and names of folders and files), improve its usability.. read more

How to Change a Network Type from Public to Private in Windows

Posted on February 17th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012
network 4 public network

One of the troubles a new network connection sometimes faces in Windows 8 / 2012 is that the network is wrongly detected as Public Network when it has to be detected as Private  and vice versa. You cannot change the network type from the graphical interface of Network and Sharing.. read more

How to Connect a USB Drive Directly to a Hyper-V VM

Posted on October 29th, 2014 · Posted in Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012
assign drive letter to external drive

In this article we will show how to connect your USB hard drive to a virtual machine on a Hyper-V host. Using this technique, you can provide a virtual machinedirect access to a USB drive.