Use PowerShell to Find Service Accounts

I was looking for a way to find service accounts using PowerShell and found the following post on the “Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog”:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2012/02/15/the-scripting-wife-uses-powershell-to-find-service-accounts.aspx

To summarize, you can use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet to retrieve information about service accounts as in the following example:

Get-WmiObject win32_service | format-table Name, StartName

Windows Azure AD whitepapers

Microsoft released a series of free Whitepapers about Windows Azure AD.

Windows Azure AD is the identity foundation for many Microsoft services like Office 365, Windows Intune, and others. Windows Azure AD is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution, utilizing the enterprise-grade quality and proven capabilities of Windows Server AD on-premises.  It combines core directory services, advanced identity governance, security and application access management.
This series of whitepapers on Windows Azure AD offerings comprises:

  • Active Directory from the on-premises to the cloud whitepaper.
  • An overview of Windows Azure AD
  • Leverage Multi-Factor Authentication with Windows Azure AD whitepaper.
  • Leverage Multi-Factor Authentication Server on your premises whitepaper
  • Leverage Windows Azure AD for modern Business Applications whitepaper.

The Whitepapers can be downloaded from the following location:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36391

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

One of the news in Hyper-V 2012 R2 is Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA), which lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter) without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine. It works even in disconnected Environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates the virtual machine (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Standard or Essential) when it starts. Real-time reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server.

AVMA is easy to implement, use one of the following AVMA keys when installing a new virtual machine in Hyper-V:

Edition AVMA key
Datacenter Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
Standard DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
Essentials K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2

More information is available on Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303421.aspx