Category Archives: Windows

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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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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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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Collect user and group SIDs and names from Active Directory

Ever found yourself looking through the Access Control List of a file/folder/share and mixed in along with the group names (hopefully not user names!) you see some SIDs? These look something like S-1-5-21-0123456789-0123456789-0123456789-0123. These are the Security IDs of deleted … Continue reading

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Change BitLocker Recovery Password with PowerShell

When BitLocker detects certain changes to the computer it’ll trigger Recovery Mode, and prompt for the Recovery Password. Likewise, you also need the recovery password if you need to access the encrypted disk from another machine or via Windows Recovery … Continue reading

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Get or update SysInternals tools with PowerShell

This is version 2 – the previous version relied on mapping a new PSDrive directly to \\live.sysinternals.com\tools which made things easy, but that no longer seems to work (or at least not for me, might be my web filtering blocking … Continue reading

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Group Policy Preference Drive Maps closing

I’ve been dealing with an issue where users that leave Windows File Explorer windows open for extended periods find that they close now and then. This seems to be a common problem with later versions of Windows (8.1, 10) and … Continue reading

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Don’t display last username if C drive encrypted with BitLocker

I’m moving from encrypting laptops with a third party disk encryption product to BitLocker. The third party product uses a pre-boot username & password prompt, and only boots into Windows if the credentials are correct. Users then have to log … Continue reading

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PowerShell: BitLocker Encryption Progress Bar

When enabling Bitlocker I want to know how far through the process of encrypting the drive it has got. The script gets the encryption status from the manage-bde.exe command, parses it using a regular expression to get the percent complete, … Continue reading

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Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

What is Storage Replica? Block level synchronous or asynchronous, volume based data replication. What does it do? Replicates storage data from a disk attached to one instance of Windows Server to another disk attached to a different instance of Windows … Continue reading

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