Updating the Central Store for Windows 7 Group Policy Administrative Templates

One of the things to consider when deploying Windows 7 clients is to update the Central Store on your domain controllers. If you haven’t created a Central Store yet, I recommend you watch the video or read the documentation I have listed at the end of this post. If you do have a Central Store already, updating it with the Windows 7 Group Policy Administrative templates is very straight forward. You simply copy the templates Read More …

Changing Internet Explorer Security Settings on Windows Server 2008

While I was preparing my home lab for some Group Policy tests i wanted to perform I got an error when generating a report in the Group Policy Management Console which is running on a Windows Server 2008 with Internet Explorer 8. The error was: “An error occurred in the script in this page” A search on the web indicated that this had to do with the Internet Explorer Security Settings, but when I opened Read More …

Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window

…….That’s the message i got yesterday when I wanted to start Outlook 2007. I solved the problem after having found the solution on MSOutlook.info Running the following command fixed the issue. outlook.exe /resetnavpane A complete reference of all the Microsoft Outlook 2007 command-line switches can be found here

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List

Some of you are probably involved in some sort of Windows 7 migration preparation activities and like with any operating system migration, application compatibility is one of the most important topics you will need to focus on. If you need to do a first pre-study on your application compatibility status, then I suggest you download the Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals and compare the content with the applications your company or client Read More …

Adobe Flash and Shockwave Enterprise Distribution

Adobe Flash and Shockwave are probably one of those most installed applications on home and enterprise computers. Working within the End User Computing environment for large enterprise customers since quite a while, I can’t remember of just one company that wouldn’t maintain Adobe Flash and Shockwave in their list of enterprise standard applications. But when it comes to distributing these applications, many companies seem to go down the difficult route instead of taking the easy Read More …

VMWare Workstation 7 – New Pause Feature

As I wrote in my earlier post this month, VMWare published a Release Candidate for VMWare Workstation 7. One of the most interesting new features (to me) is the Pause feature that is described as following: The pause feature causes a virtual machine to cease operation temporarily, without powering off or suspending. Use the pause feature when a virtual machine is engaged in an lengthy, processor-intensive activity that prevents you from using your computer to Read More …

The Machine SID Duplication Myth

Mark Russinovich explains why he’s retiring “NewSID”. In short, he explains that he heard that people were having some issues with it on Vista, which made him do some research on whether SID changing is still necessary… Turns out he couldn’t find anyone in Microsoft who could tell him why duplicate SIDs could be a problem. Because it’s not a problem. And: It never was. Anyway for people that did OS deployment the correct way, Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Windows Virtual PC requires that your hardware supports hardware-assisted virtualization. There are a number of third party utilities around already, but now Microsoft released one as well. It’s called the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool and can be downloaded from here If you launch the tool manually it will tell you if your system meets the requirements for running Windows Virtual PC or not, quite similar as the Securable utility I wrote about in the Detect Read More …