Skype Group Policy Settings

Just recently one of our customers requested the Skype (Business version) Application to be packaged for software distribution, so I wondered what the status is these days with regard to locking down Skype with Group Policy. Well the results are sobering. Despite the fact that Skype is part of Microsoft since a while, there has not been much progress in making Skype more Group Policy aware. The settings that can be configured using Group Policy Read More …

Reducing Energy Costs and Carbon Footprint with SCCM 2007 R3

Almost all companies I know do have some sort of a Green-IT policy in place but in my view this should go beyond just putting an e-mail footnote like “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail”. Many companies use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, but don’t bail out its Power Management capabilities whereas it could help save energy costs and carbon footprint with just a few clicks. So what about a new Read More …

The Internet Explorer Compatibility List

In today’s blog post I’d like to share some basic information I gathered today about the Internet Explorer Compatibility list option that is available within the Compatibility View Settings in Internet Explorer 8 and 9. By default this setting is enabled and causes websites that are listed within the Compatibility list to render properly in newer versions of Internet Explorer. When you have the Include updated website lists from Microsoft option enabled, you should have Read More …

ToolTip: Mouse Without Borders

If you’re using more than one computer on your desk I strongly recommend you look at the Mouse without borders utility that came out of a Microsoft Garage project this year. With Mouse without borders you can just use one mouse and keyboard to control up to 4 Windows clients. Furthermore you can drag and drop files from one screen to the other, take screen captures or just copy and paste text. Mouse without borders Read More …

ReadTip: Group Policy Central Access Policies Extension Specification

If you are interested in Group Policy stuff, here’s a new Open Specifications Documentation for Group Policy: Central Access Policies Extension that appears to be something new coming with Windows 8. To be honest with you, I guess I need to read this doc a few more times, until I could really explain in detail what this is all about, Some other articles mentioning this are Exploring Windows Server 8: Dynamic Access Control and Windows Read More …

Running within an SCCM 2007 Tasksequence or not?

I’ve been working on a batch script that runs as part of an SCCM 2007 TaskSequence or simply as a regular program. Because there were different conditions whether I run the script as part of a TaskSequence or just as a program and did not want to create two separate scripts I needed a way to detect within what environment the script is running. I was first thinking of looking for the existence of any Read More …

The Windows SKU’s with a 7

I was listening to a podcast from RunAs Radio today and someone mentioned wondering about how many Windows SKU’s with a “7” there are. Well here we go. Windows 7 Starter Windows 7 Home Basic Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Enterprise Windows 7 Ultimate Windows Thin PC (is based on Embedded Standard 7) Windows Embedded Standard 7 Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Windows Embedded Automotive 7 Windows 7 Professional SP1 for Embedded Read More …

How to automate the creation of Windows Eventlog Custom Views

In the past couple of days I have been working on measuring system boot performance and you are probably going to see some posts from me on that subject soon. Today I want to share with you how you can automate the creation of a Windows Eventlog custom view.   While running these boot performance tests I reinstalled Windows several times on different systems and each time I wanted to collect the boot performance data from Read More …

WatchTip: Triumph of the Nerds

Those who follow my blog since a while may have noticed that I have always been interested and fascinated about he history of how everything started around computers. Today I’ve come across this 3 part documentary called “Triumph of the Nerds”. A very interesting documentary how things started around the Personal Computer. Enjoy ! Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Their Friends 1/3 Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Their Friends 2/3 Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Read More …

Microsoft Office 2010 System End User Training Toolkit

In addition to the Office 2010 Migration Guides that are available since a while Microsoft recently published the Microsoft Office 2010 System End User Training Toolkit. The Microsoft Office 2010 End User Training Kit is a set of end-user training content for Microsoft Office 2010 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Users can either download the full Office 2003 to 2010 or 2007 to 2010 upgrade Toolkit or select a training toolkit for Read More …