Posey's Tips & Tricks


Monitoring Hyper-V with Microsoft's Best Practices Analyzer

Natively integrated into Windows Server, the Best Practices Analyzer is a key tool for assessing how much (or how little) your Hyper-V configurations align with Microsoft's recommendations.

How To Boot Hyper-V VMs in a Specific Order

While Hyper-V doesn't have a tool that controls the order in which VMs boot up, there are some workarounds available, some of them involving PowerShell.

First Look at HoloLens 2: What's Better and What Still Needs Work

While imperfect, the HoloLens 2 is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor. Brien details where the new mixed-reality headset excels and where it still falls short.

PC Showdown: Microsoft Surface Studio 2 vs. Dell Canvas

Has Brien finally found a viable alternative to Microsoft's cool but pricey drafting table of a PC? Here's how the Dell Canvas stacks up against the second-generation Surface Studio.

How To Upgrade to the Chromium-Based Edge Browser

Microsoft's new browser seems zippier than its predecessor, but while it has retained one of Brien's most-used features, it also seems to have done away with another.

Populating a SharePoint Document Library by E-Mail, Part 2

Now that you've created a shared mailbox and a SharePoint team site, Brien walks you through the steps of mail-enabling a document library using Microsoft's Power Automate tool in Office 365.

Populating a SharePoint Document Library by E-Mail, Part 1

While Microsoft doesn't allow you to build a SharePoint Online document library using e-mail, there is a roundabout way of getting the job done using the tools that are included with Office 365. Brien shows you how.

Managing Multiple Remote Connections in One Place with mRemoteNG

If you're juggling multiple remote connections daily, this is the utility for you. Brien walks through the steps to use mRemoteNG, from installation to deployment.

Bad Backup Idea: Using OneDrive Sync as an Office 365 Backup Substitute

Don't cut corners when it comes to protecting Office 365 data, Brien warns.

Windows Admin Center vs. Hyper-V Manager: What's Better for Managing VMs?

Microsoft's preferred interface for Windows Server is Windows Admin Center, but can it really replace Hyper-V Manager for managing virtual machines? Brien compares the two management tools.

How To Dynamically Lock Down an Unattended Windows 10 PC

One of the biggest security risks in any organization happens when a user walks away from their PC without logging out. Microsoft has the solution (and it's not a password-protected screensaver).

How To Protect User Privacy from Windows Timeline

Even the most innocuous PC user might not want this Windows 10 feature tracking everything they do across PCs and Microsoft accounts. Here's how to keep your Windows 10 history locked down.

How To Bait End Users into Better Anti-Phishing Habits

Nobody likes to be lectured about security. When it comes to enforcing e-mail security practices among end users, some benevolent trickery is sometimes needed.

What's Behind the Rumored Office 365 Password Manager

Microsoft is said to be planning a new "Life" edition of Office 365 for spring 2020, but Brien is most intrigued by the password manager that's reportedly coming with the bundle.

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Microsoft Adds Anti-Phishing 'Campaign Views' to Office 365 ATP

A new feature in Microsoft's Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection service promises to fill in the gaps of traditional anti-phishing defenses.

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