Passphrases: Why Should I Care?

Longer passwords are stronger passwords. It really is just math. The comic below shows the value. Stronger passwords are harder to crack and easier to remember. They increase security while improving end-user productivity and satisfaction. The following image is... Read More

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Mobile Verification Configuration Options

Using the Mobile Verification capabilities of Specops Password Reset increases the security of your environment. The combination of “something only the user knows,” (questions and answers), and “something only the user has,” (mobile device), is the basis of dual... Read More

Gpupdate Prof: Read Remote Registry

Gpupdate Professional is a remote management tool that allows a desktop administrator to manage his or her desktop environment from a single location. You essentially get a remote administration center for your client machines through a menu extension in... Read More

Custom MDT Properties

There is a relatively new feature in Specops Deploy/OS that has proven to solve some interesting challenges. There have been a few posts related to the feature showing examples of how it can be used. You can find the... Read More

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Press release: Specops Deploy enables mobile workforce

Specops Deploy 5.0 supports UEFI and Windows 8.1 Mobile workforce can access PC software One deployment solution for Windows XP to Windows 8.1 Stockholm, Sweden –  February 4, 2014. Specops Software announced today the release of Specops Deploy 5.0... Read More

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Alternate Ways to Update Trusted Sites

Internet Explorer assigns all websites to one of four security zones:  Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites or Restricted Sites. The security settings that will be used for that site are dictated by the security zone the site is in.... Read More

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Troubleshooting Group Policy events

Walking through the basics in troubleshooting anything is a good process to follow. In a previous post I talked about the four areas where you should start your Group Policy troubleshooting: Install state of Client Side Extension (CSE) GPResult Events CSE... Read More

4 steps to troubleshooting Group Policy

4 Steps to Troubleshooting Group Policy

A customer called recently who was having some pretty basic troubles with Specops Deploy. What struck a chord with me was how important the simple, basic steps are in troubleshooting Group Policy. Sure, there is plenty of complex stuff... Read More

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Inconsistencies in Password Settings

I have had a couple of customers baffled when their default domain policy has one set of password settings but there is a different set of password settings listed for the Default Domain Policy when they look Specops Password... Read More

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Owner of a Computer as Local Admin

I helped a company last week to setup a solution where the users could request to become local admin of their computers. Generally I’m against users being local admin. That’s XP style … And nowadays a user usually does... Read More