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Mitchell Grande

Mitchell Grande

Systems Engineer
Contributions by Mitchell Grande

Windows Update SHA-1 Deprecation

Another upcoming security change to Windows is the transition to SHA-2 code signing certificates for Windows Update.  This change will require updates to allow Windows 7, Server 2008, and Server 2008 R2 to continue receiving updates after July 2019.

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Changes to Cross-forest Kerberos Delegation

Microsoft is planning to introduce a security update in July 2019 that will alter the way Kerberos delegation across forest trusts work.  If ignored, this update could negatively impact applications that rely on unconstrained delegation across a forest trust.

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Azure News - April 2019

Summary of Azure News from March and April 2019, including new VM and Disk sizes and Windows Virtual Desktop.

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Managed Service Accounts

Managed Service Accounts are a Windows feature introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 for increasing the security of non-user service accounts.  Managed Service Accounts, shortened as MSAs, have an automatically-managed, complex password that removes the requirement of manually dealing with password rotation and security.  In Server 2012, this feature was enhanced to group Managed Service Accounts, or gMSAs, which allows the use of these accounts on multiple servers at once.

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Troubleshooting Blocked Ports

One of the more common networking issues we look at is where some or all ports between servers are being blocked.  Typically, this is due to a misconfiguration, but being able to find the details of the issue is invaluable in tracking down the cause.

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Windows Server 2008 End of Support Options

On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will reach their End of Support date.  After this date, patches and security updates will no longer be generally available, but there are some alternative options to continue receiving updates.

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Getting Started with SSH on Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 introduces a built-in SSH Server, provided as a version of OpenSSH.  The base configuration of this new feature is fairly easy.  In this post, we'll wak through getting it setup and connecting to it.

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Az PowerShell Module for Azure

Back in December of last year, a brand new version of the Azure PowerShell module was released into general availability.  This new module is called "Az" and is replacing the AzureRm module.

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Domain Controller DNS Record Registration

DNS plays a central part in Active Directory.  Clients use DNS records to discover and communicate with domain controllers which, in turn, allows for proper domain functionality.  Let's take a look at the key DNS records and some other helpful information for troubleshooting DNS issues.

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