Randy Franklin Smith

Randy Franklin
Smith

Randy Franklin Smith is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the creator of LOGbinder SP for SharePoint. He publishes UltimateWindowsSecurity.com, which focuses on securing Active Directory, SharePoint, and SQL Server. He’s CEO of Monterey Technology Group, a SSCP, a CISA, and a Security MVP.

Articles
Preventing Windows from Displaying Users' Logon Information
Learn how to disable the "Interactive Logon: Display user information when the session is locked" setting.
Using Icacls to Show Which Files Users or Groups Can Access
Here's how you can use Icacls with the /T and /C switches to see which files users or groups can access.
Preventing Office from Opening Certain File Types
Let's take a look at how you can use File Block to stop Office from opening certain file types via Group Policy.
Determining a User's Logon Session
Find out how to use event IDs 528 and 540 to figure out a user's logon session.
Access Denied - 25 Oct 2007
Answers to your Windows security questions.
Figuring Out Which GPO’s Policy Is Taking Precedence
Are you able to assign short or blank passwords even though your Default Domain Policy is set for stricter requirements? Find out which policy is overriding the Default Domain Policy.
Access Denied - 27 Sep 2007
Answers to your Windows security questions.
Granting Users the Authority to Unlock Other Users' Accounts
Do you want certain users to be able to unlock other users’ accounts without granting them the authority to reset users’ passwords? Find out how to use the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to do just that.
Viewing Logged-on Users and the Programs They’re Using
Find out which tool displays every logon session and a list of programs users are currently using.
New Security Log Illuminates Windows Events 3
Windows 2008 and Vista highlights are new ID numbers, a new look, and an XML format for events; a more granular audit policy; and enhancements to Event Viewer.
Access Denied - 23 Aug 2007
Answers to your Windows security questions.
Distinguishing User Accounts from User Groups in an ACL
Learn how to tell whether the principal in the name column of an ACE is a user or a group.
Granting Users Read Access to the Registry 2
Do you need to give users the authority to monitor the performance of your servers without giving them administrator authority? Find out how to grant users remote access to only certain areas of the registry.
Checking the Security Event Log for Logon Failures Caused by Disabled Accounts
Here are the logon failure codes and event IDs that you need to watch for in the Security event log when looking for disabled account logon attempts.
Getting Vista to Recognize Internet Connections
Do you have problems connecting your Vista computer to your VPN? Learn how to get Vista to enable your VPN connection.
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