ToolTip: Foxit PDF Reader

Yesterday evening I was reading Justin Rodino’s blog post “Dear Adobe, I Don’t Want Your Stupid Desktop Icon (nor your software anymore)” where he mentions the Foxit Reader which is an alternative PDF Reader. Since the Adobe Reader has become the de facto standard for reading PDF files, most people don’t spend any thoughts on replacing it by another software product.  Personally I don’t have much of an issue with the desktop shortcut it creates Read More …

End-to-End WAN Optimization with BranchCache (External)

If you have an interest in Windows 7 BrachCache Technology I recommend reading the TechNet Magazine article “End-to-End WAN Optimization with BranchCache”. Related posts: Windows7 BranchCache test results Playing with BranchCache ReadTip: BranchCache Design Guide

Extending Wallpaper search locations

When opening the “Change Desktop Background” Control Panel Windows by default uses the “Windows Desktop Backgrounds” picture location which is the content stored under C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper In addition to the Windows Desktop Backgrounds location Windows also let you choose a Wallpaper from other locations such as the Picture Library, Top Rated Photos, Solid Colors or you can simply browse and select a Wallpaper that is stored anywhere on your computer.   But there is another option, Read More …

AGPM Least Privilege Scenario (External)

Just going through an AGPM Installation (Advanced Group Policy Management) where I had to choose an Account for the AGPM Service which can be the Local System Account or a domain user account. Instead of just clicking next next…. I found some good guidance in the Ask the Directory Services Team blog – AGPM Least Privilege Scenario article. Also read Locking down AGPM fit for least privilege. Never heard of AGPM before ? Then watch Read More …

Do I need to re-sequence my applications when I move to a new OS? (External)

The term App-V is often being brought in conjunction with Application Compatibility as some might believe that App-V is the general purpose OS compatibility solution. The App-V team clarifies this here

Shrinking your System Drive

I am currently doing some training on App-V and for the sequencing of Applications there is a requirement to have 2 Partitions running on the system on which you sequence the application. Unfortunately I had setup my Windows 7 lab PC with only one partition. A couple of years ago you would have ended up using some 3rd party tools to repartition your system but nowadays (actually since Windows Vista) this is something that takes Read More …

WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool

Having trouble with a client not getting updates from your Windows Update Services Server ? Then have a look at the WSUS Client Diagnostics Tool.  The tool performs various system checks and tests the communication between your client and the WSUS server. The Tool can be downloaded from the Windows Server Update Services Tools and Utilities site at Microsoft TechNet.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Support Tool

I’m currently busy with integrating the Symantec Endpoint Protection software into a Windows 7 build for one of our customers. I wondered if the Security team had really provided me with the latest and greatest version and ended up searching for that information on the Symantec web site where I came across a post mentioning the Symantec Endpoint Protection Support Tool. For those that have a SEP 11 version prior RU5 the tool can be Read More …

ToolTip: Bits GUI Admin

In an earlier post Using BITS for file downloads I wrote about how to use BITS for file transfers. Today I had a BITS related topic at work, so needed a brief refresher and found some additional interesting things. First I came across a TechNet Utility Spotlight article Scripting Trouble-Free downloads with BITS. If you are interested in creating your own BITS based download scripts, read this article and download the provided bitsjob.vbs and bitsjob.cmd Read More …

Identifying KMS Servers

Assume you are at a client site and plan to deploy a Windows Server (2008 / 2008-R2) or Windows Clients (Windows Vista / Windows 7) and want to check if they do already have KMS Services running on their network. It’s very simple. Just open a command prompt and type the following command: nslookup -type=srv _vlmcs._tcp If KMS Services are present on the network the results will be listed as shown in the picture below. Read More …