Tag Archives: Windows Server 2016

How to turn off Windows Update notifications for users on Server 2016 RDS

Windows Server

If you are running a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) server (terminal server), you don’t want the end users being notified there are updates to be applied, because they won’t have permission to apply them.

Use this quick GPO setting to disable the end user notification of Windows Updates.

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Where’s Microsoft Edge browser on Server 2016?

Windows Server
If you are looking for the Microsoft Edge browser on Server 2016, look no further, it isn’t available! This is due to Windows Server 2016 being in the Long-Term Servicing Branch and the quicker rate of change of the Edge browser can’t be supported.

The official response from Microsoft is:
“The Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) versions of Windows, including Windows Server 2016, don’t include Microsoft Edge or many other Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. These apps and their services are frequently updated with new functionality, and can’t be supported on systems running the LTSB operating systems. For customers who require the LTSB for specialized devices, we recommend using Internet Explorer 11.”

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/deploy/hardware-and-software-requirements

It’s a shame not to have a consistent user experience between Windows 10 and Server 2016 especially in environments that use Remote Desktop Services.



PowerShell: How to use Get-ADUser to list all recently created accounts (and recently changed accounts)

PowerShell

For the next couple of posts I’ll be looking into AD security and auditing. In this article we’ll look at how to use Get-ADUser to list all recently created accounts.

With the increasing number of cyber attacks, security is at the top of most IT departments agenda. There are many checks you can perform to make sure AD is safe and secure, and that only valid or approved modifications have been made to user accounts. I’ll look at AD auditing in a future post, but this will be a handy snippet of PowerShell to help you identify recently created AD accounts, and a bonus bit of code to identify recently modified accounts!

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PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve disabled user accounts

PowerShell

I’ve written about Get-ADUser several times before because it is a pretty essential cmdlet for any Active Directory administrator, but I haven’t written about it in a while.

Recently I had a need to list all disabled accounts in a domain, so here is how to do it using Get-ADUser.

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