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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 10.17.19 by Dan Franciscus

Searching Active Directory with PowerShell

For many Microsoft IT professionals, one of the first things they do with PowerShell is using it to perform tasks in Active Directory.

Posted on 10.02.19 by Dan Franciscus

Using Invoke-Command in PowerShell

In this article, Dan Franciscus covers how to use the Invoke-Command and why it is one of his favorite commands to use in PowerShell.

Posted on 09.17.19 by Dan Franciscus

Four Chocolatey Security Features

The process of securely installing software in Windows is something that IT professionals grapple with, especially in an enterprise setting.

Posted on 09.03.19 by Dan Franciscus

Measuring Reboot Time with PowerShell

In enterprise environments, you will usually find an array of different Windows operating systems, hardware and of course software. Typically, machines are managed and configured with group policy and SCCM, or perhaps other more modern methods like Chef or Puppet. One of...

Posted on 08.19.19 by Dan Franciscus

Introduction To The New Windows Terminal

Recently at the Microsoft Build conference, it was announced that there is a new Windows terminal that can be used as an alternative to cmd of PowerShell, called Windows Terminal.

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...

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