Category Archives: Microsoft Windows Vista

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 […]


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

Yesterday, 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 (MiTM) attack against the traffic passing between a domain controller and the target […]


Using the new Active Directory PowerShell Cmdlets on down-level and module-less systems

Last week, we discussed the new Active Directory Domain Services-related PowerShell Cmdlets in Windows Server 2012 R2. In the requirements I mentioned that you needed at least one system with the Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 version of the Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell feature installed. However, as Aleksandar Nikolic (PowerShell MVP) […]


Windows Gadgets and Windows Sidebar to Go

The Microsoft marketing department has decided to label a few of the incredible Windows features in Windows 7 and Windows 8 as ‘To Go’. Prime examples, of course, are ‘BitLocker-To-Go’ (encryption of removable drives) and ‘Windows-To-Go’ (running Windows from a removable drive). This week, I’m labeling the Windows Sidebar (Windows Vista) and Windows Desktop Gadgets […]


How to effectively defend against Morto.A in the enterprise

Whenever a worm utilizes the normal access and daily tools systems admins use, there is a significant problem. After all, shutting down the attack vector suddenly isn’t that easy. So, without making dramatic changes to your environment, how can you rest assured?


Active Directory Feature Requirements

Microsoft has included numerous features in Active Directory the last couple of years. Also, more and more technologies in products like Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and the Windows client (Windows Vista, Windows 7) have an Active Directory opt-in to store information in Active Directory. All this bountiful integration, however, comes with a price. The price […]


Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Server 2008 is here

Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 to the Download Center and Windows Update. The Service Packs are available in five languages (English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish). Localized packages in your favorite languages (not including Medieval Swahili) are expected to arrive within two weeks. (unofficially available here) Windows Vista […]


Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 Beta Available

Mike Nash and Justin Graham announced the Customer Preview Program for Service Pack 2 Beta for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 on the The Windows Blog and the Windows Server Division Weblog earlier this week. While MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers have access to the Beta builds of this Service Pack, mere mortals had […]


Exchange (2003) System Manager for Vista

Remote Management incompatibility is one of the biggest problems with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Exchange Server 2007 on one side and Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 (R2) and Exchange Server 2003 on the other side.


Windows Server 2008 as workstation OS?

Looking at websites with appealing names like there seem to be (home) users that want to convert Windows Server 2008 to the workstation Operating System Windows Vista should have been.