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How to Disable Windows Update using Group Policy

Windows update is an essential service from Microsoft to ensure that all Windows devices will be updated with latest updates. These updates include feature enhancements, driver updates, service packs, security updates, critical updates and other updates. Disabling windows update is not recommended. But because of specific business requirement you may need to disable the windows […]
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Disable File Download in Internet Explorer using Group Policy

Some organization may want to prohibit its member to download file from the internet but still allowing regular internet access. It could be for efficiency reason. By restricting file download, the organization can keep its shared bandwidth usage at minimum. It could be for the security reason as well. By doing so, it will minimize […]
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Configure Aging and Scavenging in Windows DNS Server

Unlike static DNS records, dynamic records should not stay forever in the server. This is because dynamic DNS records can turn into stale records. This process is called aging. Stale records itself are subject for deletion in the server, and the deletion process is called scavenging. In this post, we’re going to learn the way […]
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Configure DNS Forwarding in Windows Server 2012 R2

To put it simple, you can understand DNS forwarding as a method for DNS server to resolve a query by “asking for a help” from another DNS server. It is supported by on Windows DNS server, including Windows Server 2012 R2. The default behaviour is that Windows DNS Server will forward query that it cannot resolve […]
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Configure Stub Zone in Windows DNS Server

Stub zone is one of the way to forward DNS query for a specific zone to another DNS server where the zone resides (the Master server). Stub zone is similar to Secondary zone, but instead of creating duplicate of all records, it keeps only the information of SOA and NS record from the Master. The […]
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Configure Primary Zone in Windows DNS Server

Primary zone is a zone that can be updated directly on the DNS server where the zone resides. This means administrator can do any operations in the primary zone including modify, delete, and create DNS record. When DNS Server role is configured as part of Active Directory role configuration, Windows already configure a primary zone […]