Author Archives: rcmtech

Microsoft Office Security – Disable Macros

Executable code embedded within Office documents continues to be a popular way to deliver malware. Office, by default, opens files downloaded from the internet in a safe way, that prompts the user to first enable editing, and then again to … Continue reading

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Easy Group Policy Update from Start Menu

Save yourself and your users time and frustration by implementing this Start Menu shortcut to help them run a Group Policy update quickly and easily. This is handy if you deploy network drives, printers, etc. to your users automatically via … Continue reading

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What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials Cyber Essentials (CE) is a UK government scheme that organisations can (and in some cases, must) use to certify a basic level of both IT security awareness and cyber-health. It’s mostly interested in technical controls to mitigate specific, … Continue reading

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Meltdown and Spectre – My update experiences on Windows

I’m intending to keep adding to this post as I find out new things and update more devices. This is primarily to aid me in tracking things I’ve done, what’s changed, and what’s still to do. Hopefully others might find … Continue reading

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Automatically manage Office 365 Licences with Powershell

Managing Office 365 manually via the portal is fine, until you get fed up with it or need to make bulk changes. Automating the licence allocation process turned out to be fairly easy, once I’d got to grips with how … Continue reading

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Change Office 365 Products for a Group of Users with PowerShell

I wanted to switch all my users over to Office 365 Business Premium. It’s a bundle deal for companies of up to 300 people. Previously I’d been separately licencing each of Office 365 ProPlus, Skype for Business and OneDrive, but … Continue reading

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Search through Pwned Passwords with PowerShell

Troy Hunt recently released over 300 million SHA1 hashes of passwords that his Have I Been Pwned website has been collecting. The site allows you to search the database to see if your passwords are included in those from many … Continue reading

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GUI to log off Remote Desktop users by non-admins

I’ve blogged about the issues with the well-intentioned but ill-though-out Remote Desktop Management Server concept in Windows Server 2012 (inc R2) before, trying to come up with workarounds to all the things you used to be able to do easily … Continue reading

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