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Dan Franciscus
Dan Franciscus is a systems engineer and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) specializing in VMware, PowerShell, and other Microsoft-based technologies. You can reach Dan at his blog (http://www.winsysblog.com/) or Twitter at @dan_franciscus.
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Posted on 07.12.19 by Dan Franciscus

Using Make Me Admin for Administrator Privilege

In this article, we discuss how to grant users simple admin rights temporarily like installing software. This helps keep IT from getting bogged down.

Posted on 06.21.19 by Dan Franciscus

Detecting and Defending Against Pass the Hash Attacks

A pass the hash attack is a common attack vector utilized by many adversaries. In this attack, a Windows username is paired with the hashed value of a Windows account password. Let's take a deeper look.

Posted on 06.18.19 by Dan Franciscus

Using AaronLocker to Easily Deploy Microsoft AppLocker

If you are a Windows user, you have likely heard of Microsoft AppLocker. This whitelisting program allows Windows users to protect itself from disk based malware by way of restricting executable programs to a specific list of paths, hashes, or signed applications....

Posted on 03.04.19 by Dan Franciscus

Managing Active Directory Fine-Grained Password Policies with PowerShell

Before Windows Server 2008, Active Directory password policies were done with default domain group policy, and there could only be one policy for an entire Active Directory domain. This is very limiting if users would like to give different policies to different users,...

Posted on 02.01.19 by Dan Franciscus

Using Multiple Package Repositories with Chocolatey

On any given Chocolatey client, packages are going to be installed primarily from a remote repository. Although you can actually install a package located on your local machine, centralizing usually makes much more sense from a design standpoint. This remote repository...

Posted on 01.29.19 by Dan Franciscus

Installing Duo 2FA for Windows Log-on and RDP

Two-factor authentication is currently one of the best security practices for protecting users, data and systems. Duo is one of the leading platforms for using two-factor authentication in the enterprise as it protects many common on-premises and cloud applications by...

Posted on 01.09.19 by Dan Franciscus

Deploying SSL Certificates in Windows with Puppet

Chances are if you are managing servers in an organization, you have also had a lot of experience managing SSL certificates. Practically any web server should be communicating over HTTPS to clients if you want to make it secure, which means you have to deploy an SSL...

Posted on 11.15.18 by Dan Franciscus

Create Windows Machine Builds with Packer

While it supports Windows and Linux, creating an OS image is vastly different between the two. In this article, I will focus on how Packer is used for Windows OS image creation.

Posted on 11.02.18 by Dan Franciscus

Import Machine Images Into AWS with Packer

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the most popular cloud platform and Packer provides great integration that enables users to import builds into AWS and convert them to Amazon Machine Images (AMI).

Posted on 09.20.18 by Dan Franciscus

Running PowerShell in Vagrant

In this article, I will show how to configure a Vagrant box to run PowerShell.

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