Windows Content

Understanding and Using Windows Terminal Color Schemes

- 14 min read-Ed Tittel
This second article of the Windows Terminal series explores color schemes, which is a named grouping of colors for cursors, text, background, foreground, and more. Color schemes determine the overall appearance of any open window in your environment. Learn how color schemes work, how to find and assign them, and how to create them.

Understanding and Using Windows Terminal

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
This first article of the Windows Terminal series gives an overview of its capabilities, with pointers to more details. Windows Terminal offers a complex host environment for command-line input, inside which admins and power users can run command-line shells. As the article illustrates, control over behavior, appearance, and layout is extensive.

Enhance Active Directory Security with Tiering, Part 1

- 1 min read-Mahdi Tehrani
In this video, which is part 1 of this series, I discuss Active Directory (Entra ID) security and specifically credential theft, which happens frequently when we are dealing with a ransomware attack. Credential theft is a main target which attackers can perform by gaining access to a server or PC and use that access (pass the hash) to hop to another server. I'll explain this problem, called lateral movement, in the video. Finally, we will discuss Active Directory tiering which is a solution to logical segmentation of resources and divide them into Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2.

A Graphical Winget Alternative: WingetUI

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
The Windows Package Manager (winget) runs at the Windows Command Prompt or in PowerShell. This fourth article in the winget series explores WingetUI. Winget is a graphical tool that supports winget, but also other package managers including Scoop, Chocolaty, PIP, and Npm. It gives users a simplified, streamlined package management experience.

Working With Winget Settings

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
Winget (Windows package manager) runs in Windows PowerShell and Command Prompt, so users can manage app and application information, installations, updates, and more. Editing winget's settings.json file supports alternate visualizations, access to experimental features, and ways to change this tool’s default settings.

Dealing With Winget Upgrade Issues

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
Updating and maintaining applications, apps, and API support (like .NET) can get interesting on Windows operating systems. Winget helps tame this constant chore, and handles updates quickly and well. Learn what to do when upgrades fail or other issues occur.

Understand Winget, Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
Before deploying a Windows image, cleanups applied should include obsolete or unneeded component store elements, Windows drivers, temporary files, and more. Updating and maintaining applications, apps, and API support (like .NET) can get interesting on Windows operating systems. Winget helps tame this ongoing chore and handles most updates quickly and competently. This first article of the winget series reviews winget functions and features.

Building Windows Boot Media

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
Administrators and power users who maintain Windows PCs need Windows boot media for installation, repair, troubleshooting, and more. This article examines three Microsoft and third-party tools and methods for creating such media: Windows Media Creation Tool (often abbreviated as MCT), Ventoy, and Rufus.

How to Import Microsoft 365 Users Via CSV Using PowerShell

- 4 min read-Thilak Kumar Singh
This "how-to" article teaches you about using Windows PowerShell to import users into Microsoft 365 (Office 365) in bulk. Besides giving you the necessary cmdlets, it also contains a 4-minute video version of the article.

How to Connect to Your Microsoft 365 Tenant Using PowerShell

- 4 min read-Thilak Kumar Singh
This "how-to" article teaches you how to connect and manage your Microsoft 365 tenant using PowerShell. It describes the necessary PowerShell modules, and shows how to use them to establish a connection and start managing M365 tenants from a Windows machine.

Optimizing Azure Virtual Desktop Session Host Images

- 9 min read-Tim Warner
Optimizing Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Session Host images is crucial for many reasons. It aligns with the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework's pillars. The process involves using the Virtual Desktop Optimization Tool (VDOT), implementing roaming user profiles with FSLogix, application layering with FSLogix Application Masking, and deploying golden images to the Azure Compute Gallery. Regular evaluations and updates are necessary for maintaining optimal AVD performance.

Important Windows Image Cleanup Maneuvers

- 11 min read-Ed Tittel
Any time a Windows image gets updated, including device drivers, it's important to perform certain cleanup tasks. These include removing obsolete or unneeded packages, drivers, temporary and updated files, and more. Here’s how to take care of those things.