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Forward Windows event log entries to syslog server

Syslog is the defacto standard for sending log messages in an IP network. Instead of pulling log messages from a remote computer as you would do it in a windows environment, the log files are sent by remote computers to a central log repository. This way of managing log files has become the standard for Linux / Unix environments. As our IT systems tends to become hybrids, the questions arises how it possible to send syslog messages from a windows computer. In this post I will present you a simple approach.
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Remove provisioned appx packages from Windows image for operating system deployment

While preparing a Windows image for SCCM deployment I looked for a viable solution to remove Windows apps from the image. SCCM offers a lot options to execute this kind of action such as running a task sequence or install an application. But none of the options worked out for me. Either they were too complicated to configure or simply didn’t work as expected. Today I’ve found a script on TechNet seemed to a good solution. This script showed me how easy it is to mount a windows image and remove the app packages directory from it. However, the script was outdated and didn’t offer the option to remove only selected apps. That’s why I’ve created my own remix of the script.
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Migrate KeePass to Pass

I’m using KeePass for a few years now. It always has been the password manager of my choice.
Currently I’m using KeePass on my Mac and Windows connected to the same database file. The KeePass database file is stored in a OneDrive folder, encrypted with a password and keyfile, which is stored in the Keybase filesystem. This setup gives me maximum security and portability. However, it makes it impossible to use KeePass on my mobile device. Also I miss the possibility to use KeePass in my browser or on the command line. I’ve looked for an alternative solution, which doesn’t compromise on security and gives me the same level of portability.

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Create a hotspot with your windows 8 computer

This short guide will tell you how you can turn your computer into a hotspot to share a internet connection with you wlan devices.

We assumed that you either have your computer connected with the internet by a cable or a mobile data connection, or you have not internet connection at all and just want create a LAN (local computer network).
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Say Goodbye to TrueCrypt

Apparently the developer of TrueCrypt threw in the towel this week.

The official site http://truecrypt.org redirects to http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/ where you’ll find instructions to migrate you TrueCrypt disk to Microsofts built-in solution Bitlocker.

The reason for all this is obvious, TrueCrypt can’t compete against Microsofts Bitlocker as their software comes with every Windows 8 version (withWindows 7 you had to have an enterprise license in order to use Bitlocker).

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Project: Setup Windows 7 Kiosk

The goal of this project is a simple Windows 7 Kiosk installation with nothing else as the newest version of internet explorer installed. A user should not be allowed to do something than can malfunction the system or even elevating the user privileges. I want to show you in this post which GroupPolicies I’ve used and what configurations I made to set up this type of installation.

First I want to commit my principles for working with ActiveDirectory and Group Policies:

  • If not needed a GroupPolicy shouldn’t contain any registry keys.
    • Group Policies instructions are much easier to read.
  • Only AMDX templates are allowed, this means no AMD templates or anything else.
    • AMDX won’t in contrast to AMD templates becopied to the client, they stay in the SYSVOL Policy Definition folder on the domain controller.
  • The Group Policy objects should be reusable.
  • Configuring the minimum.

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Active Directory User Reporting

This is a simple example of how to create a report of your Active Directory users.
The first command imports the PowerShell Active Directory module, which should be installed by default, otherwhise do this:

Install PowerShell Active Directory Module

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADUser -Filter {EmailAddress -like "*"} -Properties * | select DisplayName, GivenName, Name, Surname, mail, SamAccountName, Department, Title, extensionAttribute1, extensionAttribute2 | Out-GridView

And the second command creates a simple report.