Category Archives: Microsoft Windows Server 2012

An entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 is now available

When organizations embrace new versions of software in a structured way, they end up with checklists, much like the ones I wrote for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Migrating end-user device Operating Systems (OSs), however, is different to embracing a new version of the Windows Server Operating System (OS). From an information security point of […]

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I’ll be presenting at Microsoft Sinergija 16

I received a message from Microsoft Serbia on an opportunity to speak at its yearly Sinergija event at the Crowne Plaza hotel and conference center in Belgrade on October 17th and October 18th 2016; An event, a Microsoft subsidiary and a country with an extensive legacy and rich heritage. Readers of my blog in this […]

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Security Thoughts: Update for Windows Authentication Methods (KB3178465, MS16-101, CVE-2016-3237, CVE-2016-3300, Important)

Yesterday, during its August Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released security update KB3178465 for Windows Authentication Methods, among other security-related updates. This update addresses two vulnerabilities in Microsofts implementation of its authentication methods in Active Directory scenarios: CVE-2016-3237 and CVE-2016-3300.   About the vulnerabilities Microsoft Kerberos Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2016-3237) A security feature bypass vulnerability exists […]

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Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in Active Directory could allow denial of service (MS16-081, KB3160352, CVE-2016-3226)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch TuesdayYesterday, Microsoft released update 3160352 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address an important vulnerability in Active Directory, allowing denial of service. This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server […]

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Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in Netlogon could allow remote code execution (MS16-076, KB3167691, CVE-2016-3228)

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch TuesdayYesterday, Microsoft released update 3167691 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address an important vulnerability in Windows Server’s Netlogon functionality, allowing remote code execution on all supported Windows Server versions. About the vulnerability A vulnerability has been detected, that […]

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Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in Group Policy could allow elevation of privilege(MS61-072, KB3163622, CVE-2016-3223)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch TuesdayYesterday, Microsoft released update 3163622 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address an important vulnerability that affects Group Policy on Windows 10.   About the vulnerability The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker launches a man-in-the-middle […]

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Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in DNS Server could allow remote code execution (MS16-071, KB3164065, CVE-2016-3227)

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch Tuesday

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series June 2016 Patch TuesdayYesterday, Microsoft released update KB3161951 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address a critical use after free vulnerability that affects DNS Servers running Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Previews.   About the […]

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Knowledgebase: You receive Event-ID 1539 and ‘This device does not allow its write-caching setting to be changed’ warnings on virtualized Generation 2 Domain Controllers

When I was in training as an Active Directory admin, I was taught that the disk(s) where the Active Directory database and Active Directory transaction logs reside are automatically configured with write-back caching disabled. Today, roughly 15 years later, I found out that although my teacher was right, things have changed and might be counter-intuitive […]

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Video: Running highly-sensitive Domain Controllers on Hyper-V and Azure

Active Directory Domain Controllers hold the keys to your kingdom. So how do you virtualize these castles of identity, without compromising on the requirements of your organization? In this session, Raymond Comvalius (Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP) and Sander Berkouwer (Directory Services MVP) give best practices for hardening, backing up, restoring and managing virtualized […]

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Advances in Active Directory since Windows Server 2003

In six months time, on July 14 2015, Microsoft ends the extended support for Windows Server 2003. After 11 years and 6 months (Windows Server 2003 became generally available on May 28th, 2003) the plug is pulled on updates to the product and the support information on TechNet, MSDN and its KnowledgeBase. Running Active Directory on Operating […]

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