CIS Windows 2016 GPO’s
We have created 3 separated CIS Level1 gpo’s for Windows Server 2016. They can be imported in every Active Directory environment to apply the CIS best practices for Windows Server 2016. The ones we have created are:
- Windows Server 2016 – CIS Level1 – Member Server – Computer Settings
- Windows Server 2016 – CIS Level1 – Domain Controller – Computer Settings
- Windows Server 2016 – CIS Level1 – User Settings
The user settings are the same for both AD Member Servers and AD Domain Controllers. The CIS Level2 settings have to be configured after importing the Level1 settings.
Importing the GPO settings
The GPO settings can be imported after creating a new (empty) GPO in the Group Policy Management Console.
This can be done by right clicking the newly created GPO and clicking Import Settings. This will open the Import Settings Wizard. Click Next on the Welcome page. You can create a backup of the GPO on the Backup GPO screen. This is of course not needed if you created a new GPO and can be skipped by clicking Next.
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Met de Login Consultants Virtual Desktop Estimator wordt het eenvoudig gemaakt om calculaties te doen voor de VDI of SBC omgeving. Door gebruik te maken van deze calculator kunnen beslissingen gemaakt worden hoeveel VDI of RDS machines op één enkele Hypervisor host gedraaid kunnen worden of bij de initialisatie van een project keuzes gemaakt worden voor welke hardware er aangeschaft gaat worden.
Let wel op, de tool is een schatting, de schatting is gebaseerd op ervaring met Performance Scans in de praktijk, maar geeft geen garanties af dat dit de juiste configuratie is in de omgeving van de klant of überhaupt dat dit de juiste configuratie is.
Base Image Script Framework (BIS-F)
Every time you build your base Image from scratch or update it, you must seal it before deploying it to your cloned devices. No matter if you are using Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop with Machine Creation Services (MCS) or Provisioning Services (PVS), VMware View or Microsoft only, BIS-F supports it all. Optimize your base Image before deployment, deletes unique identifier to prevent duplicate/ghost entries on your management server (Anti-Virus, SCCM, SCOM, etc.), delete junk files, defrag your disk etc. All these necessary steps and much more has to be run manually, but here is a better way. Here’s the right tool for the job.
Base Image Script Framework (BIS-F) is 100% PowerShell driven and addresses tons of optimizations, plus it has a great logging feature.
Please read the Admin Guide in the Download package to get further information.
For further information read this blog post: Base Image Script Framework (BIS-F).
Created by Matthias Schlimm
Login RDS Helpdesk Console
How many support tickets would you be able to solve immediately if you could simply ‘see’ what your users are seeing? How much time would you save by not having to turn to third line support? How much sooner would your users be able to resume their work? We see a growing need for helpdesk employees to view sessions on the Microsoft RDS platform. With the Login “RDS Helpdesk Console” for Windows Server 2012 you can help your users much faster, prevent tickets from escalating directly to second or third line support and meet your service level agreements more easily.
Created by Dennis Damen
Simple Task Manager
Most business environments have a (somewhat) restricted workspace. The Windows Task Manager gives away a whole lot of information about performance, services, processes and possibly the name of other logged on users on that machine. All kinds of information not necessary for an end user to know. For that reasons the IT department frequently prevents the use of the Windows Task Manager. The Simple Task Manager gives back that functionality to the user without all the noise and showing unnecessary/unwanted information giving him or her the possibility to put the application in front of all the other applications or simply end the task. This will prevent the need for a user to call the service desk to simply close a stuck application.
Created by Mike Bijl
Login App-V Client Diagnostic and Configuration tool (ACDC) 2
The Login App-V Client Diagnostic and Configuration tool v2 (ACDC) is an easy to use front-end to the Microsoft Application Virtualization version 5 client. It provides end users and administrators an intuitive access to a variety of App-V 5 client tasks, like launching, repairing or debugging virtual applications, identifying the overall state of packages or modifying essential client configuration settings.
With Login App-V Client Diagnostic and Configuration tool, you can:
- Get an overview of application and package information in one single window by merging cmdlets output, registry and file information.
- Launch applications from a graphical user interface
- Launch predefined commands within the virtual environment of each application.
- Diagnose problems with App-V applications by launching tools and commands into the virtual environment.
- Perform administrative tasks with elevated rights from an unprivileged user session.
- See the impact of the App-V Client and the available virtual applications on your system by calculating package size, cache size, publishing state etc.
- Configure settings that are not available in the optional App-V Client GUI and that could be set via command line parameters during install, set by registry or via GPO.
Login ACDC v2 can be launched by unprivileged and administrative users and does not require installation.
Version 2 of ACDC was designed to integrate with Microsoft Application Virtualization version 5. For App-V 4 clients you can use ACDC v1.
Questions about the tool can be asked in our forum.