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  • Blog Post: Part 8 (Final): Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    This is Part 8 and the final part of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will provide PWDViewer which is a XAML secure password viewer that will allow authorized users to securely retrieve the username and password stored in the password confidential attribute. In case...
  • Blog Post: Part 6: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 6 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to extend the Active Directory schema to create a new confidential attribute which is where the workstation's local administrator password will be stored. In case you missed it: ...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Exchange 2013 SP1 to Accept AD FS Claims

    Overview In this post I am going to show you how to configure Exchange 2013 SP1 to accept AD FS claims. Not only that, I am going to provide a PowerShell Script that I wrote to make lab testing this functionality much easier. In case you missed it, Exchange 2013 SP1 fully supports AD FS claims-based...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Logon Script Delay Group Policy Setting

    If you are evaluating Windows 8.1 in an enterprise environment that also contains logon scripts there is a new Group Policy setting you should be aware of. Windows 8.1 by default delays logon scripts for 5 minutes. There are many poorly written or misbehaving logon scripts out there, the 5 minute delay...
  • Blog Post: Part 5: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 5 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to log the results of each function within the solution to a log file for troubleshooting purposes. In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 - Overview Here is Part 2 - Random Password...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 4 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to update the password of a local user account using PowerShell. In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 - Overview Here is Part 2 - Random Password Generation Here is Part 3 -...
  • Blog Post: Integrating XAML into PowerShell

    Overview In laymen's terms, XAML provides a way to write a GUI for PowerShell. If you ever wrote HTA's for VBScript, the concept of how XAML works is much easier to understand. See here for a more detailed explanation of XAML: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752059(v=vs.110).aspx...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In case you missed it, you can view Part 1 here The Problem One of the challenges associated with generating a random local admin password is how to make the generated password as random as possible. In many of...
  • Blog Post: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview In this multi part series I will walk you through how to manage the local admin password on workstations and servers in an Active Directory enterprise environment using PowerShell. This is a problem frequently faced by IT admins and when I was asked to solve it, a little research quickly...