ToolTip: Network Emulator for Windows Toolkit

While watching the Deep Dive on Designing a BranchCache Infrastructure presentation I noticed the Network Emulator for Windows Toolkit (NEWT) that Tyler Barton was using to simulate a slow network link during his BranchCache demo. After a quick search I’ve found a compiled version for 32 and 64 bit here provided by Marco Pol. NEWT is a Very useful easy to use tool if you want to simulate a slow network connection for testing BranchCache, Read More …

ToolTip: Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit

As seen for previous service packs, Microsoft released an update of the Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit for those that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. Download and details here

ToolTip: RAMMon–Retrieve Memory Module Information

Plan to add more RAM to your PC? What memory module do you need? Here’s a nice FREE (for personal use) tool called RAMMon. RAMMon is an easy to use Windows based application that allows users to quickly retrieve the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data from their RAM modules. It will allow users to identify a multitude of attributes, of which, includes the manufacturer, the clockspeed and other data of their DDR2, DDR3, XMP and Read More …

Adding Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART) to your Windows 7 boot menu

Last weekend I went through the Microsoft TechEd 2010 presentations and one of the presentations that got my attention was “Keeping Windows Running Effeciently with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset”. Presentation video and slides from this session can be found here (TechEd USA) or here (TechEd Europe) The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset is part of the MDOP Toolset. If you’re not familiar I recommend watching the TechEd presentation or read more here. One Read More …

Control Windows 7 Scheduled Maintenance Behavior Through Group Policy

This week one of my customers send me the Microsoft support article KB978980 – Desktop Shortcuts disappear in Windows 7 and the request to make sure this wouldn’t happen to his clients. In short, if a user creates a shortcut that points to a location that isn’t available at the time when the weekly scheduled system maintenance task is running, the shortcuts are considered as broken and therefore automatically deleted. In the support article Microsoft Read More …

ReadTip: Microsoft Office 2010 – Under the Hood Investments for Hardware and Performance

This whitepaper highlights the broad range of hardware supported by Microsoft® Office 2010 and describes the significant improvements in performance available in Office 2010. Results from internal testing by Microsoft are included to demonstrate the measurable performance gains users can experience when performing common tasks using different Office 2010 applications. These results indicate that in some cases uses can expect performance gains of 90% or higher compared with using corresponding Office 2007 applications. I just Read More …