Microsoft Defender for Identity helps Active Directory admins defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) targeting their Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures. It is a cloud-based service, where agents on Domain Controllers provide signals to Microsoft's Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to detect and report on attacks. Its dashboard allows Active Directory admins to investigate and remediate … Continue reading "What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in November 2022"
Microsoft introduced its first update to Windows 11 on September 20th, 2022. As part of this release, new features have been released and previously optional products have been integrated. Some of these actions have lead to new Group Policy settings, as detailed by Microsoft in the Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet for Windows 11 2022 … Continue reading "What’s New in Group Policy in the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2, build 22621)"
The Group Policy Central Store in Active Directory’s System Volume (SYSVOL) share optimizes Group Policy authoring and replication. The group policy central store is a central location to store all the Group Policy template (*.admx) and Group Policy Language (*.adml) files. The Central Store eliminates the loading and opening of Group Policy template files on systems … Continue reading "HOWTO: Create a Group Policy Central Store"
On May 18th, 2021, Microsoft released Windows 10, version 21H1 build 19043. This Windows version introduces ten new Group Policy settings. New Group Policy Settings Windows 10, version 21H1, build 19043 introduces the following new Group Policy settings: Enable news and interests on the taskbar This computer Group Policy setting specifies whether news and interests … Continue reading "Windows 10, version 21H1 build 19043 introduces Ten new Group Policy settings"
On October 20th, 2020, Microsoft released Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042 to Visual Studio Subscribers and organizations with access to the Software Download Center and the Volume Licensing Service Center. This version is also known as Windows 10 ‘October 2020 Update’. This Windows version introduces five new Group Policy settings. New Group Policy … Continue reading "Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042 introduces five new Group Policy settings"
On Tuesday October 13th 2020, Microsoft released updates for all supported versions of Windows and Windows Server to address an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Group Policy, marked as important. Its official common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) id is CVE-2020-16939. Yesterday, the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) shared more details and a Proof of Concept (PoC). … Continue reading "Group Policy Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2020-16939, Important)"
Even though Microsoft's Identity focus moves towards the cloud, they are not forgetting their on-premises roots. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 still receive updates. These are the updates and fixes we saw for June 2020: Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4561616 June 9, 2020 The … Continue reading "On-premises Microsoft Identity-related updates and fixes for June 2020"
This Tuesday, Microsoft released updates for all supported versions of Windows and Windows Server to address an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Group Policy, marked as important. Its official common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) id is CVE-2020-1317. About the vulnerability An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists when Group Policy improperly checks access. An attacker … Continue reading "Group Policy Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2020-1317, Important)"
Microsoft has released Windows 10 version 2004 build 19041 (or ‘Windows 10 May 2020 Update’) through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business. It was previously already available as download from Visual Studio Subscriptions, the Software Download Center (via Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool), and the Volume Licensing Service Center. … Continue reading "Windows 10, version 2004 introduces 134 new Group Policy settings"
Whether you are an Active Directory novice or an experienced IT professional, enroll in my upcoming free online course for step-by-step instructions and industry best practices for Active Directory management. These sessions are also a great way to get ready for Exam 70-742. Note: These webinars cover only 3 out of 5 topics for Microsoft … Continue reading "I’m presenting my Active Directory 101 course with Netwrix again"