There’s no reason to wait for Windows 7 Service Pack 1

This week Microsoft released the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. Some companies follow the rule of not deploying a new Windows operating system before the release of the first Service Pack, however for Windows 7 there is simply no need for postponing deployments because SP1 doesn’t add any new features but only addresses some minor usability issues. On the Windows client operating system side SP1 is basically Read More …

ToolTip: SMB BranchCache deployment Diagnosis script

Just found this SMB BranchCache deployment diagnosis script on MSDN Code Gallery. The Test-SMBBranchCache script is used to find common SMB BranchCache misconfiguration issues. It allows a user to verify the SMB BranchCache server or client configuration. When run on a server, it can test the state of a BranchCache-enabled network share. When run on a client, it can do an end-to-end validation of the SMB BranchCache functionality. Download documentation and diagnosis script from here

Creating Group Policy Objects with PowerShell

In my previous post I wrote about how to create Group Policy reports using the Group Policy PowerShell CmdLets. Today I want to share with you my first hands-on experiences with creating a Group Policy using PowerShell. But first, why would one use PowerShell to create Group Policies? Well here are a few use cases: You are a Consultant and always start your Group Policy Implementation with a set of GPOs including your best practice Read More …

ReadTip: Enhanced Branch Office Productivity and WAN Bandwidth Savings with Microsoft BranchCache

For those who are in the decision making process of using BranchCache, I strongly recommend to read the Enhanced Branch Office Productivity and WAN Bandwidth Savings with Microsoft BranchCache Report from Edison. Microsoft commissioned the Edison Group to create and run a series of tests designed to provide quantified data to illustrate the effects of the file transfer acceleration provided by using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with BranchCache enabled. The result of Read More …

ToolTip: UbitMenu for Office 2007 and 2010

For those that do still struggle with the Office Ribbon here’s a nice add-on from Ubit Software that brings back the classic menu for Office 2007 and Office 2010. UbitMenu for Office 2007 and 2010 is free for private use. Download UbitMenu from here

Creating Group Policy Reports with PowerShell

I’ve had this on my “must do some hands on” list for months, finally found some time to play a bit with the new PowerShell Group Policy CmdLets that where introduced with Windows 7. For today i decided to work with the Get-GPO and the Get-GPOReport CmdLets. The Get-GPO CmdLet allows you to list one or all GPOs that exist in a domain. If you know the name and want to know when it was Read More …