How to Back Up and Restore the Windows Registry

The Windows registry is a database that contains important, machine-specific settings and information regarding almost everything in your computer — preferences, applications, users, attached devices and so on. The registry contains two basic elements: keys and values. The Windows operating system is constantly referring to the registry; for example, to open a program, install new … Continued

Netwrix 2018 IT Risks Report: Summary and Key Takeaways

This is our third annual IT Risks Report. Over the years, it has changed significantly. The first surveys explored how organizations tackle IT risks related to security, compliance and operations and the resulting reports revealed that these risks are closely connected. This year, we decided to dive deeper into six IT risks that concern many … Continued

Active Directory Security 101, Episode 1: Listen and Learn

Active Directory is the foundation of authentication and authorization in your IT environment, so you need to know how to keep it secure. That’s why Netwrix is happy to support a 7 Minute Security podcast about the fundamentals of Active Directory security. In this episode, Brian Johnson, the president of 7 Minute Security and an … Continued

What’s New in Netwrix Auditor 9.7

Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today announced the release of Netwrix Auditor 9.7 platform. Upgraded Netwrix Auditor enables organizations to detect and investigate network security threats. A free trial of Netwrix Auditor 9.7 is available here New applications and features available in Netwrix Auditor 9.7 include: Netwrix … Continued

SysAdmin Magazine: Automate It! Managing AD with PowerShell

This issue of SysAdmin Magazine celebrates lazy (read “efficient”!) admins who subscribe to the principle, “work smarter, not harder.” It provides a time-tested kit of Windows PowerShell commands that make the job of managing Active Directory easy and almost hands free. You’ll find out how to automate daily tasks related to computer and user accounts, … Continued

Best Tools for Office 365

What is Microsoft Office 365? Office 365 is a set of cloud-based applications and services offered by Microsoft. A subscription-based service, it can include applications such as Office 365 (Word, Excel, etc.), Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. All Office 365 applications are updated automatically with no additional charge, unlike on-premises Microsoft Office … Continued

Introduction to PowerShell

In this short PowerShell introduction, I’ll explain what PowerShell is and what it was created for, as well as provide a list of useful resources that can help you learning PowerShell scripting and make your working life easier. Windows PowerShell is a Windows command-line shell created to simplify administration of various Microsoft products. For example, … Continued

Netwrix Customer Survey, 2018 Edition: Key Insights

Today, I’d like to share some of what we discovered as we analyzed the answers to this year’s Netwrix customer survey. It’s hard to overstate how important these annual surveys are for the company — every year we receive valuable feedback that helps us keep improving our solution. We strive to deliver new versions of … Continued

How to Create, Change and Test Passwords Using PowerShell

Automation is the key to streamlining Active Directory management tasks. In this article, I’ll show you how to create, change and test user passwords with PowerShell scripts. Installing the AD PowerShell module Before you can use PowerShell to manage Active Directory, you need to install the Active Directory PowerShell module. If you are using Windows … Continued

Why Isn’t Native Office 365 and Azure AD Auditing Good Enough?

The Netwrix 2018 Cloud Security Report shows that cloud technology has captured the attention of more and more companies. 42% of respondents are ready for broader cloud adoption, and half of them plan to store more customer, employee and financial information there in the near future. For many organizations, that means adopting Office 365 and … Continued

PowerShell Variables and Arrays

In the previous article, named PowerShell Scripting Tutorial for Beginners, we explored how to use the PowerShell console to execute scripts and learned what cmdlets are, how to get their properties and how to use pipes to pass data from one cmdlet to another. In this article, we will move on to variables and arrays, … Continued

Top 10 Best Windows Server Monitoring Software Tools

If you don’t know the state of your network and server health every second of the day, you’re like a blind pilot inevitably headed for disaster. Fortunately, the market now offers many good tools, both commercial and open source, for network and Windows Server monitoring. Since good and free is always more attractive than good … Continued