Because of the security concerns with storing passwords in Group Policy Preferences, Microsoft just released a security patch, MS14-025: Vulnerability in Group Policy Preferences could allow elevation of privilege, that removes this functionality. You do have to be running domain controllers that are running Windows Server 2003 SP1 or a later because this solution uses confidential attributes which were introduced in 2003 SP1.Once you apply this patch, this is no longer a usable option. This feature does not depend on whether a domain or a forest functional level is enabled.It explains how and why commerce moved away from AI and towards more practical number crunching super computers.
The first thing that might come to mind is to use Group Policy Preferences. If you aren’t a Microsoft Premier customer, contact us and we can get you talking to the right people. I’m too small to be a Microsoft Premier customer but I still want to be do something to protect myself. It works with Windows 2003 SP1/XP and above so as long as you have an Active Directory environment you should be good to go.Hello again, Tom Ausburne with another post we think you’ll enjoy. Type the new password into the Password text box, confirming the password in Confirm Password text box. You can see that while the information shown below in yellow isn’t the password I used (which was Password1), it is still readable by any authenticated user as they all have read access to Sysvol. Using a simple Power Shell script (more info found at the link) that utilizes the encryption key that was easily available on MSDN, I was able to get the password with a few keystrokes.With all of the security breaches we keep reading about on the Internet these days, I keep getting asked how to make servers and workstations less vulnerable to attack. I’m not sure I could ever in good conscious recommend this to anyone who is serious about security.The traditional advice for improving performance for multiple UPDATE statements is to “prepare” the required query once, and then “execute” the prepared query once for each row requiring an update.But in many cases this only provides a modest improvement as each UPDATE operation still requires a round-trip communication with the database server.