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Windows 2019 Language Pack

02 Jan: Windows 2019 – How to add language pack?

Today I’ve been setting up a new server on Windows 2019. By default, I install Windows with English version even if Client works in their language such as German, Polish or Swedish. While some people install Windows in a language they desire to work with, years of experience taught me that installing English and then adding Language Pack is the best way to go. All errors, windows events, and general troubleshooting is much easier if those are in the native English language. Each version of Windows made it easier to install the language pack and have that up and running in no time. In Windows 2019 it’s even more comfortable… or is it?
Import-Module: This script contains malicious content and has been blocked by your antivirus software.

12 Dec: Import-Module: This script contains malicious content and has been blocked by your antivirus software.

I’ve been working today on a little project when suddenly my modules stopped working. It was weird because I have not touched anything that could cause it. A message was a bit cryptic mentioning that my PSWriteColor module is required but not available. I’ve decided to try and load PSWriteColor manually using Import-Module command.
PSOutlookProfile

23 Nov: Outlook – The primary account cannot be removed unless it is the only account in the profile

Last few months I’m responsible for the migration of Office 365 to Office 365. While doing so, we came into a situation where users have their old mailbox as Primary Account and new Mailbox as their secondary account. This is a quite common scenario that people are running into and something that is expected. Usually, my recommendation is: Please create a new profile for user and topic is closed. It’s also quite easy to achieve this in an automated way where you delete all profiles and Outlook just goes with autodiscovery adding new account as required. That’s how I have always done this till now. My Client has gone thru setting up 1000+ users with their second account in Outlook and deleting a whole profile, recreating would cause lots of downloading of emails from Office 365 that my Client wanted to avoid.
PSBlackListChecker Discord

03 Nov: PSBlackListChecker – Added Discord support

It’s been less than 24 hours since I’ve released PSBlackListChecker with support, among other improvements, for Microsoft Teams and Slack and I’m now adding Discord to the mix. Discord was a popular request (well not really, just one person asked, but let’s pretend everyone loves PSBlackListChecker so much that they are too shy to ask for feature requests!).
PSWinDocumentation - Password Quality

07 Oct: PSWinDocumentation – Audit Active Directory Passwords

If you’re paying attention to what’s happening around the world now you probably know Have I Been Pwned service by now. You probably know that it has huge lists of hashes of passwords that leaked out over the years from different services (LinkedIn, Adobe, and so on). This means those passwords are now in possession of good guys, but also bad guys. With Active Directory being often a central place to store your password that allows you to access your Office 365 account, ADFS, Microsoft Exchange it’s important that your AD passwords is both secure and safe. Bad guys may want to try and access your email accounts or other data that’s available online. And having a list of passwords you or other people may have used before doesn’t help you in protecting your own data.