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Domain-Joined vs Non-Domain-Joined: Best Management Tool

Domain Join or not to Domain Join, a Lurking Question The case to domain-join or non-domain join is the decision network administrators and domain administrators must make for work and school networks. For many years, domain-joined was “the way” that enterprises chose to secure and manage their Windows domains. It was a tried and true… [Read More]

Windows Update for Business (WuFB): A Simplified Guide

Let’s talk about Windows Update for Business. Windows updates are one of the significant responsibilities of a Windows systems administrator. Without updates, you leave your systems vulnerable to attacks, bugs, and merely staying behind. The question is: How do you manage Windows updates in the ever-changing landscape that is the “always on the go” office… [Read More]

5 Top Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) Tips

The local Windows administrator account is a coveted target for hackers and malware. There are potentially a lot of bad things that can happen if a hacker can crack the local admin account of one of your servers. Dreadful things usually occur when someone downloads a malicious malware strain using the administrator account as well…. [Read More]

Apply a Java Deployment Rule Set in 4 Easy Steps

What is a Java Deployment Rule Set A Java Deployment Rule Set enables you to continue using legacy business applications despite the changes to Java applet and Java Web Start application security policies. You can also use a Java Deployment Rule Set to control which version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) JRE is used for… [Read More]

How to Solve Windows 10 Taskbar Issues Across Domains

Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working for Users? Whether its Post-it notes, Pinterest or the Windows 10 Taskbar, users love to pin stuff to have quick access to it. As an administrator, you want to make sure that their most important stuff is pinned to the Taskbar, but how do you manage that? Easy, with PolicyPak… [Read More]

Top 6 Windows Security Settings To Configure Right Now

Do You Have These 6 Windows Security Settings Set Up? Windows security settings can help secure domain controllers, servers, clients, and other resources in your organization. Without Windows security settings, you would be unable to authenticate users, limit access to resources, manage group membership, or audit changelogs. Microsoft designed Windows security settings to combat the… [Read More]

Windows 10 Start Screen Cleanup is Easier Than You Think

It may seem trivial, but the Start Screen in the Windows operating system can be a big deal. When the start menu vanished for a while with Windows 8, users howled and demanded its return. Users like their Start Screen. The Windows 10 Start Screen is a valuable piece of real estate on your enterprise… [Read More]

Apply Item-Level Targeting Outside Domains & GP Preferences

What is Item-Level Targeting? Item-Level Targeting lets you define how Group Policy settings apply to Active Directory users or computers by setting conditions. You perform the process by first selecting conditional logic statements like AND, OR, and NOT. You then pair those statements with target objects like operating system, security group membership, and IP range…. [Read More]

Group Policy Loopback Problems and Solutions

  Saying “Group Policy loopback processing” out loud can put your stomach in knots. If you have no idea what we are talking about, then let’s backtrack and summarize what it means to enable Group Policy Loopback processing. For starters, Group Policy provides you the ability to manage and deploy thousands of configurations settings to… [Read More]

AppLocker Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

AppLocker is an application control feature found in enterprise editions of Windows. The tool enables you to manage which applications and files users can run. Windows AppLocker aims to limit software access and related data from specific users and business groups. The results of which is heightened security reduced administrative overhead and fewer helpdesk calls…. [Read More]