Preparing the Bitlocker Partition

For the use of Bitlocker two partitions are required, this because pre-startup authentication and system integrity verification must occur on a separate partition from the encrypted operating system drive. Now let’s assume you started deploying Windows 7 with just a single partition, but a few months later your company decides to use Bitlocker Disk Encryption. Now you need that second partition! Not t0o many years ago, when speaking about repartitioning disks most of us would Read More …

Creating a Steady State for Windows 7

For those who manage Windows XP or Windows Vista computers in a school computer lab, internet cafe or library, Microsoft provides a tool called Windows SteadyState. If you want to know more about Windows SteadyState then I recommend reading the Windows SteadyState Handbook or FAQ. But hey, who cares about Windows XP or Vista nowadays? What about Windows 7? Well unfortunately Windows SteadyState doesn’t support Windows 7 and it appears that Microsoft has no plans Read More …

Tip: How to troubleshoot KMS Activation problems

Here are some good resources for KMS troubleshooting: MS KB 938450 How to troubleshoot Volume Activation error codes on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista-based computers. TechNet article How to troubleshoot the Key Management Service (KMS)

A quick look at the Windows PowerShell Module for Intel vPro

In a previous post Using Intel AMT Power Management @ Home I wrote about how to use Intel AMT Power Management at home or let’s say in an environment where you don’t have systems managed by an infrastructure that provides integrated support for Intel AMT. Now Intel has released a PowerShell Module for Intel vPro. You find all the details in the following blog posts. Intel Core vPro Processor PowerShell Module – Release & Introduction Read More …

Extracting CAB files from Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU)

When manually downloading a Microsoft Security Update or hotfix for Windows 7 (Vista) you typically get a file with an MSU file extension. A file with an MSU extension is a Microsoft Update Standalone package. Microsoft Update Standalone Packages are installed through the Windows Update Standalone Installer WUSA.EXE which is located in the  C:\Windows\system32 folder. If you need to install many updates you could create a script like the one below. SET HOTFIXSRC=<folder that contains Read More …

Finding Group Policy Settings through Windows 7 Search Connector

Since the release of Windows 7 and Server 2008-R2 we have about 3000 Group Policy Settings available to centrally configure and manage Windows clients and servers. Though some among us might have worked with GPO settings from the early days on, knowing about the existence of each and every available setting is nearly impossible. It still happens to me that while I am configuring a specific GPO setting, I do come across other GPOs I Read More …