How to move stale computers in Active Directory to DisabledComputers OU

Create your DisabledComputers OU.

Copy and save the following script as DisabledAged.ps1


#Import AD module
Import-Module ActiveDirectory

$ErrorActionPreference = “SilentlyContinue”

$searchbase = “DC=domain,DC=local”
$EntGroups = “OU=Computers,DC=domain,DC=local”
$groups = Get-ADGroup -Properties Name -Filter * -searchbase $EntGroups
$inactiveOU = “OU=DisabledComputers,DC=domain,DC=local”
$Days = (Get-Date).AddDays(-180)
$computers = Get-ADComputer -Properties * -Filter {LastLogonDate -lt $Days} -SearchBase $searchbase
$DisabledComps = Get-ADComputer -Properties Name,Enabled,LastLogonDate -Filter {(Enabled -eq “False” -and LastLogonDate -lt $Days)} -SearchBase $inactiveOU

#Move inactive computer accounts to your inactive OU
foreach ($computer in $computers) {
echo $computer
Set-ADComputer $computer -Location $computer.LastLogonDate | Set-ADComputer $computer -Enabled $false
Move-ADObject -Identity $computer.ObjectGUID -TargetPath $inactiveOU
#Remove group memberships
foreach ($group in $groups) {
Remove-ADGroupMember -Identity $group -Members $computer.ObjectGUID -Confirm:$false
#Optionally remove stale computer objects from AD
#Remove stale computer accounts older than 365 days
#$RemoveStale = Get-ADComputer -Filter * -SearchBase $DisabledComps | Where-Object {$_.Location -gt (Get-Date).AddDays(-365) -and $_.Location -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-180)}
#$RemoveStale | Remove-ADObject


Run change DC=domain,DC=local to your domain and run the script.

How to get stale computers from Active Directory

Copy the text below:

$DaysInactive = 90

$time = (Get-Date).Adddays(-($DaysInactive))

Get-ADComputer -Filter {LastLogonTimeStamp -lt $time} -ResultPageSize 2000 -resultSetSize $null -Properties Name,
OperatingSystem, SamAccountName, DistinguishedName | Export-CSV “C:\StaleComps.CSV” –NoTypeInformation
Save as stale.ps1 then run from Powershell


If you receive the following error:

The term ‘Get-ADComputer’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.
the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
At C:\Users\super\desktop\Aged.ps1:5 char:15
+ Get-ADComputer <<<< -Filter {LastLogonTimeStamp -lt $time} -ResultPageSize 2000 -resultSetSize $null -Properties
e, OperatingSystem, SamAccountName, DistinguishedName | Export-CSV “C:\StaleComps.CSV” -NoTypeInformation
+ CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Get-ADComputer:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

Run this command:

PS C:\Users\super\desktop> import-module activedirectory

If you receive a message concerning unsigned code, Set Execution Policy:
PS C:\> Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

How to find Active Directory Search Base

To find out your user and group base DN, you can run a query from any member server on your Windows domain.

To find the User Base DN:
– Open a Windows command prompt.
– Type the command: dsquery user -name <known username>
(Example: If I were searching for all users named John, I could enter the username as John* to get a list of all users who’s name is John)
– The result will look like: “CN=John.Smith,CN=Users,DC=MyDomain,DC=com”
– In Blue Coat Reporter’s LDAP/Directory settings, when asked for a User Base DN, you would enter:  CN=Users,DC=MyDomain,DC=com
To find the Group Base DN:
– Open a Windows command prompt
– Type the command: dsquery group -name <known group name>.
(Example: If I were searching for a group called Users, I could enter the group name as Users* to get a list of all groups who’s name contains “Users”)
– The result will look like: “CN=Users,CN=Builtin,DC=MyDomain,DC=com”
– In Blue Coat Reporter’s LDAP/Directory settings, when asked for a User Base DN, you would enter: CN=Users,CN=Builtin,DC=MyDomain,DC=com.

Syncback on Server 2012 as scheduled task doesn’t run

User Rights

You should also make sure the user account has the necessary Windows user rights. To do this, run the Local Security Policy control panel applet (in the Administrative Tools section of the control panel). If you are using the home version of Windows then you may not have access to the Local Security Policy control panel applet (Microsoft have removed the feature from home versions of Windows).

Make sure that the user account has the following user rights:

  • Act as part of the operating system
  • Log on as a batch job
  • Log on as a service

Make sure the user account is not listed in the following user rights:

  • Deny logon as a batch job
  • Deny logon as a service

Setup network on Hyper-V virtual CentOS 6

Use system-config-network-tui and set up the card. If you perform a failover, you must connect the card in Hyper-V and then configure the card again.

If it does not come up, look in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistant-net.rules and see which “ethX” interface has the correct mac address. Either rename your ifcfg-ethx file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts or use system-config-network-tui to setup the correct “ethX” interface and restart the network.

How to check Hyper-V replication status automatically

Copy and paste the following into a text file and save as c:\checkrep.ps1.


Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Admin -erroraction silentlyContinue

##### Configuration Section Starts #####

$SMTPName = “mail.ncol.net”
$EmailMessage = new-object Net.Mail.MailMessage
$SMTPServer = new-object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SMTPName)
$EmailMessage.From = “admin@domain.com”

##### Configuration Section Ends#####

#Build a nice file name
$date = get-date -Format M_d_yyyy_hh_mm_ss
$csvfile = “.\AllAttentionRequiringVMs_”+$date+”.csv”

#Build the header row for the CSV file
$csv = “VM Name, Date, Server, Message `r`n”

#Find all VMs that require your attention
$VMList = get-vm | where {$_.ReplicationHealth -eq “Critical” -or $_.ReplicationHealth -eq “Warning”}

#Loop through each VM to get the corresponding events
ForEach ($VM in $VMList)
$VMReplStats = $VM | Measure-VMReplication

#We should start getting events after last successful replication. Till then replication was happening.
$FromDate = $VMReplStats.LastReplicationTime

#This string will filter for events for the current VM only
$FilterString = “<QueryList><Query Id=’0′ Path=’Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V-VMMS-Admin’><Select Path=’Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V-VMMS-Admin’>*[UserData[VmlEventLog[(VmId='” + $VM.ID + “‘)]]]</Select></Query></QueryList>”

$EventList = Get-WinEvent -FilterXML $FilterString  | Where {$_.TimeCreated -ge $FromDate -and $_.LevelDisplayName -eq “Error”} | Select -Last 3

#Dump relevant information to the CSV file
foreach ($Event in $EventList)
If ($VM.ReplicationMode -eq “Primary”)
$Server = $VMReplStats.PrimaryServerName
$Server = $VMReplStats.ReplicaServerName
$csv +=$VM.Name + “,” + $Event.TimeCreated + “,” + $Server + “,” + $Event.Message +”`r`n”

#Create a file and dump all information in CSV format
$fso = new-object -comobject scripting.filesystemobject
$file = $fso.CreateTextFile($csvfile,$true)

#If there are VMs in critical health state, send an email to me and my colleague
If ($VMList -and $csv.Length -gt 33)
$Attachment = new-object Net.Mail.Attachment($csvfile)
$EmailMessage.Subject = “[ATTENTION] Replication requires your attention!”
$EmailMessage.Body = “The report is attached.”
$EmailMessage.Subject = “[NORMAL] All VMs replicating Normally!”
$EmailMessage.Body = “All VMs are replicating normally. No further action is required at this point.”


Change the relevant email information at the beginning of the document.

Now open Task Scheduler.

Create a Basic Task. Name it Check Replication. Next.

Set the Trigger to the frequency you want the script to run. Next.

Set the Action to Start A Program. Next.

Enter powershell.exe in the Program box.

Enter c:\checkrep.ps1 in the Add Arguments box.

Enter c:\ in the Start In box. Next.

Open the properties of the Task and on the General tab select “Run whether user is  logged in or not” and “Run with the highest privileges”.


If you receive an error:

“Your script is blocked from executing due to the execution policy.”

You need to set it on the client PC to Unrestricted. You can do that by calling Invoke with

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

within Windows Powershell (x86) app.

Examples of Phishing emails that could contain Ransomware

The FS-ISAC, or the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, is the global financial industry’s go to resource for cyber and physical threat intelligence analysis and sharing. FS-ISAC is unique in that it was created by and for members and operates as a member-owned non profit entity.

Here are some examples of phishing emails that member banks have received over the past few days.  I’m sending them to you to familiarize you with the types of emails that you might receive.  If you DO receive any emails that appear suspicious, PLEASE notify the helpdesk, or Bill or myself.  Thank you.

YOU HAVE A PACKAGE WITH DHL  – DHL / Adobe Themed Phishing Email

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving a phishing e-mail purporting to be from DHL with the subject “YOU HAVE A PACKAGE WITH DHL”, containing a .pdf file attachment with an embedded URL that leads to an Adobe Online-themed credential harvesting site.

Important Account Notification – Capital One-Themed Phishing E-mail

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving a phishing e-mail purporting to be from Capital One with subject “Important Account Notification”, containing an embedded URL.

Closing Settlement Disclosure – Google Docs-Themed Phishing Email

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Electronic Shipping Documents Now Ready – NanoCore-RAT Phishing Email

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving a phishing e-mail with the subject “Electronic Shipping Documents Now Ready”, containing a malicious .ace file attachment that leads to Nanocore – Remote Access Trojan.

Inv <#####>  – Ursnif Phishing Emails

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving phishing e-mails with subject lines in the following format: “Inv <#####>”, containing a malicious .docx file attachment that leads to Ursnif malware.

Your Email Will Be Blocked. – Webmail-themed Phishing E-mail

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving phishing e-mails with the subject line “Your Email Will Be Blocked.”, containing an embedded URL that leads to a Webmail-themed credential harvesting site.

the exorcists list – Phishing E-mail

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving a phishing e-mail with the subject “the exorcists list” containing a suspicious .doc file attachement and URLs.

Re:invoice – Phishing E-mail

An FS-ISAC member reported receiving a phishing e-mail with the subject “Re:invoice”, containing a malicious .ace file attachment that leads to a Trojan.

Total messages: 23 – Phishing E-mail

An FS-ISAC member reported observing a phishing email with the subject “Total messages: 23” containing a malicious URL.

MyFax message from “<COMPANY NAME>” – 4 page(s), Caller-ID: 1-516-799-6300″ – Adwind – RAT Phishing E-mail

FS-ISAC members reported receiving phishing e-mails with the subject “MyFax message from “<COMPANY NAME>” – 4 page(s), Caller-ID: 1-516-799-6300″ containing a malicious .zip file attachment that leads to the Adwind – Remote Access Trojan.

Complaint Letter  – AutoIT Wrapped-Trojan Phishing Email

An FS-ISAC member received a phishing e-mail with the subject “Complaint Letter”, containing a malicious .zip file attachment that leads to AutoIT Wrapped – Trojan.

How to configure an internal relay connector for Exchange 2013

Go to the webpage of the exchange management page (https://exchangeserver/ecp)
Go to the Mail flow > Receive Connectors > + for add a new connector.


Enter a name for the connector. If you want to relay outside your organization than you need to select Frontend Transport role instead of the Hub Transport role.


Leave the setting below unchanged.


Remove the IP address which are shown in the picture below.


You get an error that the field is required. (click on the + to add a new range)exchrelay5

Enter a single IP address or a local LAN address which is allowed to email via the exchange server.





The remote network settings will show the list like below.exchrelay7

When clicked on finished. You have to edit the relay connector and go to security tab.
Select the option “Anonymous users”.exchrelay8

Click on Save..

Now you have to open a powershell CLI of exchange on the exchange server ( with administrative rights ).

Get-ReceiveConnector “Receive Connector Name” | Add-ADPermission -User “NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON” -ExtendedRights “Ms-Exch-SMTP-Accept-Any-Recipient”


Exchange 2013 mailbox move stuck at StatusDetail FailedOther

You have to remove the current move request and resubmit:

Remove-MoveRequest -Identity userID

New-MoveRequest -Identity “userID” -TargetDatabase “Mailbox Database 0422167200” -BatchName “userID” -BadItemLimit “200”

Cisco ASA Port Forwarding

Create and add your ports:
object-group service TEST tcp
port-object eq 443

Now create an access-list:
access-list outside_access_in extended permit tcp any interface outside object-group TEST

Create a static PAT mapping:
static (inside,outside) tcp interface 443 443 netmask

Create the access-group:
access-group outside_access_in in interface outside

ERROR: unable to reserve port 443 for static PAT

The issue here is that the http service on the ASA is runnnig off of the standard port 80. Login to the firewall and run the following.

no http server enable

http server enable 8080

Now you should be able to add a NAT/PAT on port 443 to another server of your liking. Just remember when you attempt to use ASDM to manage the ASA in the future to specify the new port 8080.

How to find and remove a Service on Server 2008, 2012 and 2016

Run command prompt as Administrator

Find the keyname with “sc getkeyname”:

C:\Users\administrator.LOCAL>sc getkeyname “Atlassian JIRA”
[SC] GetServiceKeyName SUCCESS
Name = JIRASoftware151216105308

Now delete the key using:

C:\Users\administrator.LOCAL>sc delete “JIRASoftware151216105308”



How to add a route to IPCop

You can add the route command at the end of the /etc/rc.d/rc.local file. The route will be added every time IPCop is rebooted but not everytime the interface is restarted. Good for a box with minimal changes.

root@ipcop: # echo “route add -net gw netmask” >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local

SCP files from one linux host to another

su – temp

scp /home/.sites/temp/html/* temp@lamp4.ncol.net:/home/.sites/temp/html/

Active Partition Recovery

Accidentally deleted some files or even a partition? Has your data been lost due to a formatted drive? You will be able to retrieve pictures, music, movies and document files even if your drive letter has disappeared from the computer and need to get back all the files that resided there. Lsoft has several solutions to recover that very important data of yours: Active@ File Recovery,Active@ UNDELETE, Active@ Partition Recovery.

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How to enable Zero-Handoff on Unifi

– For Zero Handoff Roaming, you’ll need to install the UniFi controller version after v3.1.x

– Next setup a new WLAN Group by navigating Settings > Wireless Networks

– Next add a new WLAN Group by click the ì+î. Now give a name and Enabled Zero-handoff to make your roaming WLAN Group.

– Finally just add the access points you want to participate in this roaming group to this WLAN Group and it should then work fine.

– After initial setup, the UAPs handles Zero Handoff Roaming, so it works independently of the UniFi Controller software.

UniFi – Run the controller as a Windows service

Readers will learn how to run the UniFi controller software as a Windows service.

Windows services are often useful since they are “background” applications which don’t require any attention on the part of the end-user. In this way, the service will launch upon startup, without any intervention on the part of the user.


How to completely reset a Ubiquiti AP-LR.

To reset the UniFi APs, power them on, and allow them to fully boot. (In case powered by the POE adapter, make sure the cable on the LAN port of the adaptor is unplugged.)

After they’ve booted, press and hold the small reset button (located on the back of the device) for 25+ seconds.
Wait for stable Amber/White LED.(Now replug the cable into the LAN port of the adaptor)

This should reset the UniFi APs and put them back into a discoverable state again.

How to setup Zero Handoff on Ubiquiti Unifi.

UniFi has always supported roaming according to base 802.11 standards. However with Zero-Handoff Roaming enabled, clients can freely roam between UAPs without incurring any latency penalty as a result of the roam. The basic premise is Zero-Handoff enabled UAPs appear as a single AP from the perspective of the client, thus eliminating disconnection.

Zero-Handoff Roaming is available starting with v3.x.


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How to setup static PAT (port forwarding) on a Cisco ASA 5505 8.2

If you are going to forward multiple ports, setup an object-group similar to the following:

object-group service DVR tcp
port-object eq 10554
port-object eq 8000
port-object eq 81

Then add your access-list:

access-list outside_access_in extended permit tcp any interface outside object-group DVR

Then add your static PAT statements for the services in your object-group:

static (inside,outside) tcp interface 8000 8000 netmask
static (inside,outside) tcp interface 10554 10554 netmask
static (inside,outside) tcp interface 81 81 netmask

Then add your access-group statement:

access-group outside_access_in in interface outside


I want to make a backup or copy of my VMware virtual machine. What is the best way to do so?


To make a backup copy of a virtual machine created with VMware, just copy the folder to another location. When you power on the copy (open the VM), you will be asked if you have moved the virtual machine or copied it. Select that you “Moved It”. This will keep all of the settings the same. If you select the “Copied It” option, a new UUID and MAC address will be generated, which could cause Windows Activation to come up and can also cause Linux machines to have problems with the Ethernet devices.

You will not be able to use a backed-up virtual machine at the same time as the original because you will have a MAC Address conflict on your network. If you need to be able to run the backed-up virtual machine at the same time as the original, you should make a copy using the “Copied It” option.

Perform a full backup on Exchange to purge logs

1. Open Command prompt as Administrator
2. Launch Diskshadow

A.Add volume d:
B.(optional, add one line for each additional drive to include) Add volume X:
C.Begin Backup
E.End Backup

3. At this step you should notice the following events in the application log indicating that the backup was indeed successful and logs will now be deleted.

Here’s some screenshots from the process:

Command promptdiskshadow

Event Logese-event-id-2005



Backup all SQL Databases at once


Sometimes things that seem complicated are much easier then you think and this is the power of using T-SQL to take care of repetitive tasks. One of these tasks may be the need to backup all databases on your server. This is not a big deal if you have a handful of databases, but I have seen several servers where there are 100+ databases on the same instance of SQL Server. You could use SQL Server Management Studio to backup the databases or even use Maintenance Plans, but using T-SQL is a much simpler and faster approach.


With the use of T-SQL you can generate your backup commands and with the use of cursors you can cursor through all of your databases to back them up one by one. This is a very straight forward process and you only need a handful of commands to do this.

Here is the script that will allow you to backup each database within your instance of SQL Server. You will need to change the @path to the appropriate backup directory.

File Naming Format DBname_YYYYDDMM.BAK

DECLARE @name VARCHAR(50) — database name
DECLARE @path VARCHAR(256) — path for backup files
DECLARE @fileName VARCHAR(256) — filename for backup
DECLARE @fileDate VARCHAR(20) — used for file name

— specify database backup directory
SET @path = ‘C:\Backup\’

— specify filename format

FROM master.dbo.sysdatabases
WHERE name NOT IN (‘master’,’model’,’msdb’,’tempdb’) — exclude these databases

OPEN db_cursor
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name

SET @fileName = @path + @name + ‘_’ + @fileDate + ‘.BAK’

FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name

CLOSE db_cursor
DEALLOCATE db_cursor
File Naming Format DBname_YYYYDDMM_HHMMSS.BAK

If you want to also include the time in the filename you can replace this line in the above script:

— specify filename format

with this line:

— specify filename format


In this script we are bypassing the system databases, but these could easily be included as well. You could also change this into a stored procedure and pass in a database name or if left NULL it backups all databases. Any way you choose to use it, this script gives you the starting point to simply backup all of your databases.

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How to Setup a Legal Notice Before Login in Group Policy

This is a very easy setting that may also substitute for signing the computer usage agreements every year.
1.Open up your Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc)
2.Go to the Group Policy Object in your domain, right click on Default Domain Policy and select Edit…
3.Once the Group Policy Editor is up, using the treeview on on the left go to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
4.To edit the title of the windows change: Interactive logon:Message title for users attempting to log on
5.To edit the message text change: Interactive Logon:Message text for users attempting to log on

Use Robocopy to move shares with permissions.

robocopy source destination /E /ZB /DCOPY:T /COPYALL /R:1 /W:1 /V /TEE /LOG:Robocopy.log

Here’s what the switches mean:

source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
destination :: Destination Dir (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
/E :: copy subdirectories, including Empty ones.
/ZB :: use restartable mode; if access denied use Backup mode.
/DCOPY:T :: COPY Directory Timestamps.
/COPYALL :: COPY ALL file info (equivalent to /COPY:DATSOU). Copies the Data, Attributes, Timestamps, Ownser, Permissions and Auditing info
/R:n :: number of Retries on failed copies: default is 1 million but I set this to only retry once.
/W:n :: Wait time between retries: default is 30 seconds but I set this to 1 second.
/V :: produce Verbose output, showing skipped files.
/TEE :: output to console window, as well as the log file.
/LOG:file :: output status to LOG file (overwrite existing log).

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How to allow relay through Exchange 2007

Step by step guide to allowing relay

To allow individual systems to relay mail through your Exchange 2007 system, perform the following steps:

1. Start the Exchange Management Console.

2. Browse to Microsoft Exchange > Server Configuration > Hub Transport.

3. Select the Hub Transport server through which you would like to allow another system to relay mail.
4. From the Actions pane, choose New Receive Connector (Figure A). Figure A
5. On the first page of the New SMTP Receive Connector wizard, type a name for the connector and choose the connector’s intended use. In this case, choose Custom (Figure B). Figure B Choose a use for this connection
Type a name and choose a use for this connector.

6. Choose Next.

7. On the Local Network Settings page, click the Add button
8. On the Local Network settings page, click the Add button and, in the Add Receive Connector Binding window, type in the new IP address that you gave to the network adapter. Leave the SMTP port at 25 (Figure C).
9. Choose OK.

10. Under Local IP address(es), select All Available and click the red X to delete this selection.
Figure C
Determine local IP address and port

Decide which IP address and port combination to use for the new connector.

11. Choose Next.
12. On the Remote Network Settings window, indicate which systems or range of IP addresses should be allowed to relay through this connector. In the example shown in Figure D, the host system with IP address and any system with an IP address in the range to will be allowed to relay through this connector. Figure D
Choose system with rights to relay

Indicate the systems with rights to relay through this connector.

13. Choose Next.

14. On the summary screen, click the New button to create the connector.

15. Open the properties page of the new connector. To do so, right click the new connector and choose Properties.
16. From the connector’s Properties page, choose the Permission Groups tab (Figure E).
17. Select the checkbox next to “Exchange Servers”.
Figure E
Select Exchange servers

Select Exchange Servers. You must do this before you continue.
18. From the connector’s Properties page, choose the Authentication tab (Figure F).
19. Select the checkbox next to “Externally Secured (for example, with IPsec)”.
Figure F
Select External Secured

Select External Secured to tell Exchange that the third party device somehow manages it own permissions.

20. Choose OK.

At this point, you should be able to relay from the third party system.

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How to configure Exchange to redirect OWA HTTP requests to HTTPS requests in IIS 7

To enable SSL redirection to the OWA virtual directory, follow these steps:

  1. Start IIS 7 Manager.
  2. Expand the server, expand Sites and select the Default Web Site.
  3. Double-click HTTP Redirect.
  4. Select the Redirect requests to this destinationcheck box, and then enter /owa.
  5. Select the Only redirect requests to content in this directory (not subdirectories)check box.
  6. Select Found (302) from the Statuscode drop-down list.
  7. Click Apply to save the settings.
    Note The changes that you made to the Default Web Site will propagate down to the virtual directories for that site.
  8. Expand the Default Web Site.
  9. Select the aspnet_client virtual directory.
  10. Double-click HTTPRedirect.
  11. Clear the check box for Redirect requests to this destination.
  12. Click Apply to save the settings.
  13. Repeat steps 9-12 for the following virtual directories:
    • Autodiscover
    • Ecp
    • EWS
    • Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync
    • OAB
    • Owa
    • PowerShell
    • PowerShell-Proxy
    • Rpc

How to add Trusted Sites

We need to go to the Computer Configuration ““> Administrative Tools ““> Windows Components ““> Internet Explorer ““> Internet Control Panel ““> Security Page and then double click to the zone assignment list in the right pane as you can see below.


After you double click on site to the zone assignment list you will see a window to enable the settings and configure it. Click enabled. Then click show. On the show contents screen click add.


By clicking add we can add URLs and specify what zone we want them to be placed in like so:


The number 2 denotes the number of the zone. In this case it is the trusted zone. Microsoft breaks down the settings as follows:

  1. Intranet zone – sites on your local network.
  2. Trusted Sites zone – sites that have been added to your trusted sites.
  3. Internet zone – sites that are on the Internet.
  4. Restricted Sites zone – sites that have been specifically added to your restricted sites.

After clicking OK you can wait for your default refresh of Group Policy which is 15 minutes by default or you can run gpupdate.exe from any workstation to see if it worked. You can also restart the workstations to force the update.


To configure the behavior of Automatic Updates


  1. In Group Policy Object Editor, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Windows Update.
  2. In the details pane, click Configure Automatic Updates.
  3. Click Enabled and select one of the following options:
    • Notify for download and notify for install. This option notifies a logged-on administrative user prior to the download and prior to the installation of the updates.
    • Auto download and notify for install. This option automatically begins downloading updates and then notifies a logged-on administrative user prior to installing the updates.
    • Auto download and schedule the install. If Automatic Updates is configured to perform a scheduled installation, you must also set the day and time for the recurring scheduled installation.
    • Allow local admin to choose setting. With this option, the local administrators are allowed to use Automatic Updates in Control Panel to select a configuration option of their choice. For example, they can choose their own scheduled installation time. Local administrators are not allowed to disable Automatic Updates.
  4. Click OK.

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