Create Group Policy to Lock User’s Workstation after 20 minutes of inactivity (Windows 10)

Its a best practice to lock the workstation whenever you are stepping away from the desk, whether its for few minutes or few hours. But, we know that this practice is not 100% followed leaving the workstation not secured / exposed for information leak. Therefore, you can create a Group Policy to automatically lock users workstation after X minutes of inactivity. X can be any value between 1 second to maximum of 86,400 Seconds (24 hours). Lets see how it can be configured. Create a new Group Policy e.g. Workstation_AutoLock_Policy. Edit the Group Policy -> User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization Configure the settings: …

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Disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 on Windows 10 machines through GPO

Transport Layer Security (TLS)  – TLS protocol is used to provide privacy and data integrity between two communicating applications. SSL and TLS are both cryptographic protocols but because SSL protocols does not providers sufficient level of security compared to TLS, SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0 have been deprecated. TLS 1.0 was released in 1999, TLS 1.1 was released in 2006, TLS 1.2 was released in 2008 and TLS 1.3 was released in 2018. Most of the companies and Internet Browsers are now moving to TLS 1.2 which is having better security algorithms than TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. TLS is more secure than SSL. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple and …

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Windows 10 Startup Error: Windows cannot access \\server\foldername Error code: 0x80070035 The Network path was not found.

Issue Description: When a client PC is restarted and after the user sign-in to the computer, Error message “Windows cannot Access \\<server>\<foldername>” pop-up shows on the desktop screen and user is unable to see any desktop icons and Task bar Pinned items. This issue generally occur when you have re-directed Desktop and Documents folder to a file server using Folder Redirection GPO and is usually fixed (temporarily) by performing multiple restarts of the PC. Error 1: Windows cannot access \\server\<re-directed folder> (In my case it was Desktop folder which was re-directed it to a file server (as you can see in below screenshot): Error 2: You will find Event ID …

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