Monitoring - PRTG monitors freeware version until 100 sensors

I would like to mention this monitoring tool that is free up to 100 sensors to be monitored.

Meanwhile you can review this blog sections about monitoring argument and related past published articles.

Windows 7 - How to convert local domain users to domain users (profile)

Here it is an interesting article that well explain how to easily convert local user profiles to domain user profile.

It is in italian but argument is decisevely interesting and useful.

Network - How to change default MTU on Windows server/client

If you need to change default MTU on Windows O.S. you need to proceed like follow taking attention to modify correct network interface verifieng associated IP address:

The default MTU sizes for different network topologies

The following table summarizes the default MTU sizes for different network media.

   Network             MTU (bytes)
   16 Mbps Token Ring        17914
   4 Mbps Token Ring          4464
   FDDI                       4352
   Ethernet                   1500
   IEEE 802.3/802.2           1492
   PPPoE (WAN Miniport)       1480
   X.25                        576

Antivirus - Microsoft Anti-Virus Exclusion List

Here it is an interesting Microsoft article that well explain all major antivirus exclusions that need to be applied to all Microsoft products:

2016 - Essential MSDN video presentation

This video will get you up to speed all things Windows Server 2016 Essentials. It covers who should use Essentials edition, scenarios it is good for, organizational sizing considerations, licensing and pricing considerations. Also learn about the easy dashboard experience and how Essentials edition gives customers a hybrid cloud pathway for moving to the cloud if and when they are ready.
  • [1:16] Small Business Server is now Windows Server Essentials. Why the change?
  • [4:05] Can you give us an overview of Essentials? What are some of its limitations?
  • [6:00] What can users expect with Essentials? Should small businesses be worried to use it?
  • [10:34] How does Essentials integrate with Office 365 and Azure?
  • [16:32] Virtualizing Essentials is an interesting concept. What are some of the benefits and how does that actually work?
  • [18:22] Can you use Essentials as the host OS and VM in this scenario?
  • [20:29] What are some scenarios where you see running on-premise server applications to Azure?
  • [24:28] What happens if someone has Essentials and grows past the 25 user size limitation? What upgrade options do they have?

Windows Server 2016 Essentials is the lowest-cost edition of Windows Server intended for a small company's first server. With Windows Server 2016 Essentials comes a dashboard which simplifies the tasks that you perform to manage your network and server. Common tasks include setting up your server, managing user accounts, managing backups, integrating with cloud services, and more. In this episode we'll provide an overview of Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition and a demo of how to use it.

2016 Server - Deploy a Read Only Domain Controller

Here they are advantages and considerations about RODC (Read Only Domain Controller)

  1. Write operations from clients are not possible to RODC.
  2. RODC holds a read-only copy of AD Db. (except for credentials and credential-like attributes, called a filtered attributes set (FAS))
  3. When RODC receive an authentication request from local office forward request to writeable DC and than it proceed to cache credentials for further usage. (this feature need to be setting up)

Here it is an interesting article that explain how to install RODC 2016 server via powershell:

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) — 
Best practices for AD administration (part 2)

Windows 10 - Mandatory Roaming Profile (on shared folder RO)

A roaming mandatory profile is a read-only user profile stored on a network share that acts as the default template for all users. 

Differently from roaming profiles you need consider that all changes made to a roaming mandatory profile are lost upon logoff.

With this approach you can have a customized centralized windows 7 profile

You can go deeper on this argument on official Microsoft Link:

If you like you can review this step by step article with GPO creation explanation too:

Linux - Tutorial

I would like to mention this interesting Ubuntu Linux tutorial offered by HTML website.

It is in italian language but useful to have major overview on major tasks on Linux environment.