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Group Policy Caching

How things work: Group Policy Caching

The release of Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 introduced a new Group Policy concept called Group Policy Caching. Its purpose is to reduce the time it takes to perform certain scenarios for synchronous foreground Group Policy refresh. Here’s... Read More

Lori Österholm

Specops Software Appoints New CTO and Expands Development Team

Stockholm, Sweden – February 22, 2018. Specops Software announced today the appointment of Lori Österholm as Chief Technology Officer. The company also announced today the further expansion of the development team in the European and North American operations. Former... Read More

Knowledge Based Authentication fails to deliver

Knowledge based authentication (KBA) has long been used as the backup verification method when someone has forgotten their password. But even if it is regularly in use, it fails to deliver on the identity verification promise. Static and dynamic... Read More

What breach disclosure requirements mean for your organization

Following a data breach incident, organizations following compliance standards, such as HIPAA, need to follow certain data breach notification requirements. This post will summarize some of these requirements, as well as regional-specific disclosure responsibilities. For the purposes of this... Read More

New MFA requirements for PCI password compliance

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) regulates security practices to protect cardholder data. Password compliance plays an important role in the PCI standards by dictating password complexity to strengthen defense against unauthorized access. New requirements coming... Read More

The data present in the reparse buffer is invalid 0x80071128

A number of Specops Deploy App and Specops Inventory customers have recently reported the following error: Exception: System.IO.IOException The data present in the reparse point buffer is invalid. We believe this is a general Microsoft group policy related issue,... Read More

Are my computers patched against Meltdown and Spectre?

Following the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, we have had a number of enquiries from customers about tools that can identify affected machines in their environment. Microsoft has prepared a PowerShell script that can run on individual... Read More