ToolTip: Simple IP/IP Range Ping

I guess the name says it all, Simple IP/IP Range Ping is a small FREE standalone utility to scan an IP range. Simple IP/IP Range ping can be downloaded from here

How to avoid KMS becoming a challenge in your Windows 7 deployment project

I’ve been involved in Windows 7 deployments since the Beta came out in 2009 and before Windows 7 there was Vista, XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT and even Windows 3.11 and although over time the technology has changed the basic challenges of every migration remained the same. If today someone asks me what I consider as being one of the top 10 challenges I’ve seen in Windows 7 deployment projects I must mention KMS. Yes Read More …

How To test if your Antivirus program is working

I was doing some Antivirus stuff this afternoon now let me share with you how to test if your Antivirus program is working, e.g. alerts you in the event of a virus. Of course you can go to certain places on the internet where it won’t take long until you get a real virus, but that’s probably not what you want to do, so here’s a brief description how to use the “Test-Virus”. Go to Read More …

ToolTip: Adding your AD stored picture to your profile picture with ADUserTile

Back in august 2011 I wrote about a utility called AD Photo Edit which allows you to upload your personal picture into Active Directory. Today I want to share with you another utility I came across called ADUserTile. ADUserTile checks if you have a picture stored within the Active Directory thumbnailPhoto attribute and sets that picture as your profile picture within Windows 7 so it becomes visible at the logon screen and the Windows Desktop. Read More …

Windows 8 – What’s new in the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM)

On my journey discovering the new features within Windows 8 I’ve come across a bunch of new options within the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool aka DISM. When running launching the DISM command we get an overview of all the commands and options. The blue coloured commands and options below are the new ones added compared to Windows 7. At first we see a whole new command group being added called “Generic Imaging Commands. Read More …

ToolTip – HTTPCopy

HTTPCopy is a FREE standalone executable that allows you to directly copy a web file or web page locally. Rather than going to a website and download content manually, you can automate this using the HTTPCopy utility. Below you see an example I am personally using to download the Maxmind GeoLiteCity database I use for one of my blog plugins. HTTPCOPY.EXE http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoLiteCity.dat.gz GeoLiteCity.dat.gz You can download HTTPCopy from here

How to Reset Windows 8 without external media

Yesterday I’ve talked about the Windows 8 Refresh Your PC feature, today I’d like to show how you can reset Windows 8 without using external media. When performing a Reset on a Windows 8 client, you are going to run a complete fresh installation of Windows 8 without preserving any user data or settings. You would use this option before you give back your system to anyone else and want to make sure that there Read More …

The Windows 8 Refresh Your PC Feature

As recently illustrated on the Windows 8 Build blog Windows 8 comes with new features to Reset or Refresh your PC. The Reset Feature basically triggers a complete new installation of Windows 8 without taking care of any personal data hence this option should only be used when you have your data backed up already or when you intend to hand-out the system to someone else and you want to ensure that the system doesn’t Read More …

ToolTip: Move Mouse

Here’s a tool that has came in handy for me during the past 3 days, so let me share this one with you. Move Mouse is a simple application that generates mouse activity. You can either move the mouse pointer, click the left mouse button, send a keystroke, or any combination of the three. For more details and download  go to the Codeplex project page here.