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Four Chocolatey Security Features

The process of securely installing software in Windows is something that IT professionals grapple with, especially in an enterprise setting. … [Read more...]

Measuring Reboot Time with PowerShell

In enterprise environments, you will usually find an array of different Windows operating systems, hardware and of course software. Typically, machines are managed and configured with group policy and SCCM, or perhaps other more modern methods like Chef or Puppet. One of the symptoms of an unhealthy Windows computer is the amount of time it takes to boot up. … [Read more...]

Introduction To The New Windows Terminal

Recently at the Microsoft Build conference, it was announced that there is a new Windows terminal that can be used as an alternative to cmd of PowerShell, called Windows Terminal. … [Read more...]

Using Make Me Admin for Administrator Privilege

In this article, we discuss how to grant users simple admin rights temporarily like installing software. This helps keep IT from getting bogged down. … [Read more...]

Detecting and Defending Against Pass the Hash Attacks

A pass the hash attack is a common attack vector utilized by many adversaries. In this attack, a Windows username is paired with the hashed value of a Windows account password. Let's take a deeper look. … [Read more...]

Using AaronLocker to Easily Deploy Microsoft AppLocker

If you are a Windows user, you have likely heard of Microsoft AppLocker. This whitelisting program allows Windows users to protect itself from disk based malware by way of restricting executable programs to a specific list of paths, hashes, or signed applications. However, a new player has joined the fold, AaronLocker.    … [Read more...]

Managing Active Directory Fine-Grained Password Policies with PowerShell

Before Windows Server 2008, Active Directory password policies were done with default domain group policy, and there could only be one policy for an entire Active Directory domain. This is very limiting if users would like to give different policies to different users, which is a fairly common task to do. … [Read more...]

Installing Duo 2FA for Windows Log-on and RDP

Two-factor authentication is currently one of the best security practices for protecting users, data and systems. Duo is one of the leading platforms for using two-factor authentication in the enterprise as it protects many common on-premises and cloud applications by default. … [Read more...]

Deploying SSL Certificates in Windows with Puppet

Chances are if you are managing servers in an organization, you have also had a lot of experience managing SSL certificates. Practically any web server should be communicating over HTTPS to clients if you want to make it secure, which means you have to deploy an SSL certificate to the server itself. … [Read more...]

Using Multiple Package Repositories with Chocolatey

On any given Chocolatey client, packages are going to be installed primarily from a remote repository. Although you can actually install a package located on your local machine, centralizing usually makes much more sense from a design standpoint. This remote repository can be a file share, the Chocolatey community repository, or for enterprises it is ideally an internal web server. … [Read more...]