ReadTip: What’s New in Folder Redirection and User Profiles

Windows 7 introduces some improvements for Folder Redirection and User Profiles. If you are planning to use these technologies make sure to read the What’s New in Folder Redirection and User Profiles document.

Group Policy Script Processing Behavior

If you are preparing for a Windows 7 deployment and use GPO based startup and logon scripts you should be aware of the default processing behavior in Windows 7. Read the details here Source: Ask the Directory Services Team blog

ToolTip: Service Trigger Editor

if you found the previous post Windows 7 Service Triggers interesting, then you will like this utility too. The Service Trigger Editor provided by Core Technologies Consulting LLC is a FREE utility providing a UI to list and edit Service Triggers. The Tool can be downloaded from here and is ready to run (no installation required)

Windows 7 Service Triggers

When taking a closer look at the Services in Windows 7 you will notice that many of them are configured to start manually but will be started when needed. For more details read my earlier posts Windows Services, what changed from Vista to Windows7 Part1 and Windows Services, What changed from Vista to Windows7 – Part2. The technology behind starting Services when needed is called Service Triggers that were introduced with Windows 7 and Windows Read More …

BlogTip: Group Policy Center

Being generally interested in Group Policy Management I was more than happy to stumble upon this blog today called the Group Policy Center – A very nice blog with News, Tutorials, Tips and Tricks about Microsoft Windows Group Policy.

Redirect Computers Container in Active Directory

When joining a Computer to an Active Directory domain using the Domain Join UI in Windows or a command line tool such as NETDOM.EXE, by default the computer object is stored in the Computers container which is defined as the default Container in Active Directory for new created Computer objects. The disadvantage of this is that you cannot link any Group Policies to the Computers container which prevents you from applying any Computer security or Read More …

Intel KVM Remote Control and VNC Viewer Plus

Back in December 2009 I posted Remote Management of AMT/vPro machine with WinPE and VNC which explained how to use VNC running in WinPE to remotely manage a vPro enabled device. For those that did try this themselves will have noticed that the process isn’t as comfortable as we would like it to be for day to day use. But with the Introduction of Intel’s AMT version 6.0 which includes KVM Remote Control and VNC Read More …

ToolTip: WSUS Workgroup ClientSettingManager

I just found another nice FREE Utility that any Systems Engineer should have who deals with WSUS. The Tool allows you to configure a client’s WSUS settings without having to manually apply any registry settings or you can use the Tool for Troubleshooting purposes. If your clients receive WSUS configuration through Group Policy Settings, you can use the tool to see if all settings are applied correctly. The Tool also provides some additional useful functions Read More …

Windows XP Mode no longer requires Hardware Virtualization Technology

Microsoft has released an updated version to run XP Mode on clients that do not have Hardware Virtualization Technology. Read the details here

WatchTip: Creating a Firewall Rule to Allow ICMPv4 Echo Requests

Windows 7 with the Firewall enabled by default does not allow ping requests, hence when you ping a remote Windows 7 client it will not respond. In this WebCast John Baker explains how to configure the Firewall to respond to ICMPv4 Echo Requests. Watch the WebCast here