In todays world where organizations strive to embrace digital transformation to have a competitive edge over its competitors, IT giants like Microsoft have introduced many different products to complement this journey. products such as Office 365, Skype for Business, SharePoint, Azure are some of the products which accepted by enterprises globally and are leaders in the Gartner magic quadrant in its respective solution areas.
Recently Microsoft released a communication and collaboration product on its Office 365 productivity platform called Teams. As the name sounds this gives a true experience for teams within an organization to work productively by communicating and collaborating efficiently. Today, teams within organizations are located at different geographical locations at times and members of the teams might not be in office to attend discussions and meetings, etc. products such as Microsoft Teams works as a collaboration and communication platform to connect teams within the organization where ever they are.
So what is teams; it is a chat based workspace which brings employees (people), conversations and content in to one place which helps everyone who are part of that teams workspace to access and find content in one place and more easily. Teams by default integrates with Microsoft Office applications.
With the tight integration with Skype, Microsoft Teams provides a rich chat environment, audio, video conferencing and act as a platform to host meetings. The content within teams would be encrypted and secured as the information shared would be highly confidential.
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Task Manager has become one of the tools used by almost all Windows users to do some level of administrative task. some of the common usage of task manager are to end a process, view the resource usage of the computer, check the performance of the computer etc.
I have seen many users, opening task manager by holding down Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then selecting Task Manager from the screen. Although this is one way of accessing task manager but it involves an additional step.
Another way of accessing Task Manager is through right clicking on the task bar and selecting task manager.
The most easiest way for me to is by holding down Ctrl+Shift+Esc which opens Task Manager instantly.
The below is a guide on how to use group policies in Windows Server 2008 R2 to set a default website in internet explorer and launch internet explorer every time a user logs in to the domain using his/her domain credentials.
To start off with, we will create a new Group policy object rather than editing the default domain policy.
open the Group policy management console in administrative tools or simply type GPMC.MSC in run. Right click on the domain name and select create a GPO in this domain
Give a name to the GPO and click ok
Right click the newly created GPO and click edit
The Group Policy Management Editor will open
Navigate to the following location to set the default home page URL
User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Internet Explorer.
Click on the “Disable Changing the Home Page” policy
Click Enabled, type in the URL and click OK. This will set the default Home Page in IE.
To launch Internet Explorer when the user logs in to Windows, navigate to the following;
User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => System => Logon.
Click on the “Run these programs at user logon”
Click on enable and click on show
Give the path to internet explorer in the show content window and click OK
As the final step, open Command Prompt in Admin mode and run gpupdate /force
Group policies in Windows are one of the most used and key tools in effectively managing a domain environment. It provides the administrator with many options, starting from to automating certain tasks to allow/deny certain options. Many administrator use group policies to standardize the operating environment within the domain.
By default in an Active Directory environment one could see two different type of group policies.
Default Domain Controllers Policy
Default Domain Policy
The default domain controllers policy is used to enforce and set policies to all the domain controllers within the domain environment. This is a way to enforce proper security as well as set the necessary options to all domain controllers within the environment. By default the, the default domain controllers policy is applied to the Domain controllers OU within the Active Directory.
The default domain policy is used to apply policies to al sort of objects under the domain. This is applicable to all objects and OU’s by default.
As a best practice, Microsoft recommends to leave both the default domain controllers policy and the default domain policy as it is and create new policies as required for the organization purpose.
Cloud storage has become a widely used storage location for many. Microsoft OneDrive which was previously known as SkyDrive is one such cloud storage option available. Microsoft OneDrive comes in 2 flavors, the free OneDrive which can be obtained by signing up a free Microsoft account and has a free storage of 5GB and the paid Microsoft OneDrive for Business which can be obtained through an Office 365 subscription which has a 1TB of storage limit.
Windows 10 enables a user to add both these OneDrive folders to be synchronized to the local PC which helps to store all the documents and data in the cloud. The OneDrive app is already built into Windows 10 and the user can simply enter the email address and the password to start the initial sync. Below are the steps to add multiple OneDrive accounts to your Windows 10 computer.
Open OneDrive Application and enter the email address of Account 1
Enter the password of Account 1
If the sync folder location to be changed click on change location and select the folder and click next
Select the folders to be synchronized to the local computer and click next
Click open OneDrive and the folders and documents will be synched.
To add the second account, right click the OneDrive icon from the task bar
Click on add account
Follow the same process to add the account (mentioned above) and once done you will be able to access both folders from the file explorer
The sync status can be viewed from the icons in the task bar
Previous versions of Windows has a feature where one can control the volume (even mute) of individual applications/programs running on the computer.
Most of the users by clicking on the sound icon on the system tray in Windows 10 couldn’t find this Window to individually manage the sound option. To do this in Windows 10;
Right Click on the Volume icon and select Open Volume Mixer
The volume mixer will open the window to individually manage volume
Windows 10 creators update was released earlier this week with many new features. In this post we will look at on how to upgrade our Windows 10 to creators update.
Visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and click on Update now
The update assistant will download and install on your computer. Open the tool and click on update now.
it will scan the computer and check the possibility to upgrade.
If you run Windows 10 Enterprise edition you will not be able to proceed using this method and will be prompted the below error.
Click next and the update will be downloaded to your computer
Once the download is completed, the installation will begin
Along the process the computer will be restarted multiple times to complete the installation.
Once the installation is completed and the computer has booted, you will be running Windows version 1703 Creators Update