Implementing Certificate Authorities in Azure

Implementing Certificate Authorities in Azure

This entry in our series on Azure secure cloud migration discusses the process of implementing a public key infrastructure (PKI) in the cloud. See “Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud” for more information on the blog series and topics covered. Implementing these solutions on-premises always poses interesting systems management questions and in that regard deploying in the cloud...

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Replacing RunOnce

Recently, I was assigned to project work where I needed to manage configuration settings for users of newly deployed Windows 7/8 computers and an old familiar trick no longer worked. Previously, the use of built-in Windows functions, such as writing information to the RunOnce key of the default user profile, worked well.…

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Using the Office 365 Import Service

In May of this year Microsoft introduced a “preview” version of a new tool; the Office 365 Import Service. Office 365 administrators with mail message data in PST archive files can directly import message data into user mailboxes. Whether the PST files are shipped to Microsoft on physical disks or uploaded over the Internet Office 365 administrators use mapping files that link PST files to...

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Migrating Your DirSync Domain for Office 365

Cloud solutions have been around long enough now that migration scenarios are getting more exotic than simply moving data from the LAN to an Internet-based provider. What follows is a step-by-step guide for technical audiences attempting to migrate the Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync Services (DirSync) tool from one on-premises AD domain to another.…

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Alternate Network Configuration Using Windows Scripting Host

This blog post is another in series about Windows Scripting Host (WSH) covering topics that have very little or no existing example code on the Internet. The challenge covered in this post is the automation of configuring the Alternate Addressing IP information on a Windows network adapter. This feature of Windows could be used in situations when a set failover configuration for TCP/IP needs...

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Enhancing User Interfaces in Windows Scripting Host

Enhancing User Interfaces in Windows Scripting Host

In my last blog post we used Windows Scripting Host (WSH) to create a controlled input interface for users. This is great for situations where the process of starting a published application or a login script requires user input. In that post I briefly discussed using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to allow the administrator to customize the user interface’s aesthetics.…

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Creating User Interfaces in Windows Scripting Host

There are several ways for system administrators to collect input from users via a logon script and each has its advantages. The process we will be exploring in this post has the advantages that it is not does not require security reconfiguration as when working with HTA (HTML Applications) files and it allows the administrator an array of more diverse, normalized input methods.…

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Why Use Citrix’s Universal Print Server?

Overview Universal Print Server—a collection of free components available for your XenApp and XenDesktop environments—is a great enhancement to your Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop farms. If it is not already being leveraged in your environment you should definitely look into it. Particularly customers that are using network printers that are generated within their user sessions should explore the...

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Selecting a Standard Printer Model for Citrix Environments

Overview Choosing a printer model for use in your Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop environment is both important and challenging. Printing from a Citrix Environment has a storied history littered with tales of user woe ranging from crashing servers to poor session log-on performance. There are third-party print driver solutions and the evolution of several first party products and features to deal...

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