ReadTip: Group Policy for Beginners

Microsoft has released a document called Group Policy for Beginners which provides an overview of what you can do with Group Policies, the essential concepts and some step by step instructions to get you going. If you haven’t done anything with GPOs before and are just about to learn how this all works, this document is for you. I also recommend this document for project managers that haven’t done anything with GPOs in the past. Read More …

WatchTip: Dynamic Memory in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

There has been a lot of talk about Dynamic Memory in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. In this video Jeff Alexander provides an excellent 14 minute overview. Watch the video here

Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART) Remote Connection Tool

Just a few weeks ago Microsoft released a public Beta version of the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART) 7. One of the new features of DART7 is the Remote Connection Tool. Okay, I agree this is not rocked science, actually I’ve written about this before using a VNC client, but now that it is included within the tool suite, it’s just there and ready to use. Let’s have a look how this works. On the Read More …

Office Communicator–Do Not Disturb

Nowadays most enterprises use some sort of instant messaging solution like Jabber or Microsoft Office Communicator which now is called Microsoft Lync. While there are many advantages in using an instant messaging client such as quickly asking someone for information instead of writing an e-mail, or check someone’s availability for a short phone call, there are also some disadvantages. First people always expect to get an immediate response, second there is a risk that people Read More …

Windows 7 and Multilanguage Packs

Most of you actively dealing with Windows 7 deployments probably know about the Multilanguage Packs for Windows 7 , but since I do still get questions about this every now and then, I thought it’s worth to do a brief recap on this subject. For the sake of simplicity I’ve created a Q&A based summary. Q:  What is the default language of Windows 7 A:  The Windows 7 (as Vista) core operating system is language Read More …

Extract Path with spaces from Registry value

I’ve been browsing through the Microsoft TechNet Forums to see whether I can learn something new or maybe give someone a helping hand. Now before I am going to show the solution I gave someone, let me first tell you this. It was just before having diner that I read the question and already thought of a possible solution, but then it was time for diner, moving away from my laptop I thought it looks Read More …

Group Policy Settings for Windows Games

In Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise the Windows Games are not enabled by default. But if you have decided to include them in your corporate standard image or users with administrative rights enable them by themselves, you should consider using the following Group Policy settings. Location Location Setting Description Computer Configuration Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Game Explorer Turn off downloading of game information Manages download of game box art and ratings from the Windows Metadata Services. If Read More …

ToolTip: Virtual CloneDrive

Here’s another FREE virtual CD/DVD clone drive utility. Virtual CloneDrive can mount and unmount most common image formats such as ISO, BIN and CCD.   Virtual CloneDrive can be downloaded from here

Scheduled Tasks for Windows Games

When opening the Windows Task Scheduler you might see a Task called “UpdateCheck_” located within the Games folder of the Task Scheduler Library. To enable or disable this Task open the “Game Explorer” within Windows and then select options. When selecting “Automatically check online for updates and news, then notify me when the’re available” a scheduled Task is automatically being created. When selecting “Never check online for updates or news, I’ll do it manually” the Read More …

ToolTip: Dummy File Creator

A while back I wrote about how to create empty files using FSUTIL a windows build-in command line tool for managing FAT and NTFS file systems. Today I found a nice little free utility called Dummy File Creator created by Nikko Cheng. You can use the GUI version (dummy.exe) or if you want to include generating dummy files within a script you can use the command-line based version (DummyCMD.exe). Dummy File Creator can be downloaded Read More …