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HOWTO: Set Logon as a Service Dynamically via GPO

I recently ran into a situation where a client has a group per server for Administrators, Remote Desktop Users, and hopefully, Service Accounts.  This may or may not be the best way of dealing with this, but it does solve a need by moving user access to AD vs configuration on local servers.  It’s a little easier to centralize and manage by administrators that may have access to AD but not the servers themselves (eg: HelpDesk users).  The problem, as indicated below, is that setting the rights for the service account/groups has been getting done manually to the systems as they are built or needed.  This has resulted in inconsistencies, as one might expect.  So I found a way to standardize and bring it all “back up to code”, as it were. 1,153 more words


Windows Patching - What happens when you aren’t paying attention.

Yesterday, I posted some details about MS14-068 and MS14-066 (http://vnetwise.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/cve-2014-6324-ms14-068-and-you/) and of course today, have had to do some investigating into a few sites that have a variety of patching systems.  1,242 more words


HOWTO: Allow downloads in IE on Windows 2012 and 2012 R2

This is something I run into from time to time, and figured I’d make sure I wrote down in case anyone else is still seeing this. 181 more words


HOWTO: Add .NET 3.5 to Windows 2012 or 2012 R2

This has been something I’ve had to keep flipping back to my notes for, so I figured I’d jot it down.  Various products, such as vCenter Server, require the installation of .NET 3.5 on Windows 2012/2012 R2.  Doing so, however, is not as ‘simple’ as finding the download and installing it. 331 more words


HOWTO: Tweaking WSUS so it only reports on updates you care about

WSUS is a great built in tool for working with Windows Updates, but sometimes it takes a bit of effort to find the best way to use that tool. 1,301 more words


HOWTO: Force WSUS Client to Update using PSEXEC

WSUS is a great tool for automating and managing Windows Updates to various systems in a domain. However, it’s not really all that granular, which is a problem. 810 more words


HOWTO: Dealing with Windows 2012 and 2012 R2 Windows Update Behavior and the 3 Day Delay

So let’s assume for the moment, that you’re a guy trying to work on some pretty detailed WSUS update deployments for a mixed OS network. This network will included some Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2 servers. 1,753 more words