Windows 8 – File History Feature replaces “Previous Versions” and Backup and Restore

While reading the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server “8” Beta Compatibility Cookbook I came across the topic Volume Shadow Copy Service UI Removed. Due to the fact that this feature was obviously rarely used by end users and it’s negative impact on Windows performance, Microsoft decided to removed this feature from Windows 8. In addition Microsoft also decided to deprecate the Windows 7 Backup and Restore feature, again because this functionality appears to Read More …

Saturday morning ramblings with Windows 8 Hyper-V and Sun VirtualBox

Yesterday I prepared a new system with Windows 8 CP that has the latest Intel I7 processor and 8GB of RAM. My initial plan was to use Hyper-V which is now also included as a feature on the Client. So on this beautiful Saturday morning I continued with the setup of this HP 8760w Elitebook.  But because I ran into several network related issues, others have also reported about on the Microsoft forums, I decided Read More …

Microsoft UE-V and PolicyPak – Better Together

In this video Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz demonstrates why customers planning using Microsoft User Environment Virtualization (UE’V) might also want to consider using PolicyPak. More details about PolicyPak and the video transcript can be found here

How to access Microsoft Management Summit 2012 content

If you haven’t been able to attend MMS2012, here’s how to access the recorded content. Step 1 Go to Digital MMS Step 2 Create an account: Step 3 Login and enjoy the sessions.

ToolTip: Known Folders Browser

Are you finding all the “special folders” in Windows Vista/7/8 a bit overwhelming? Which are real folders and which are virtualized? Which are profile-specific and which are common to all users? Which are rooted and which are relative? The Known Folders Browser can help. The Known Folders Browser written by Kenny Kerr can be downloaded from here

Windows Services, what changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8

Nearly 3 years ago I wrote a blog post about the Windows Services changes between Windows Vista and Windows 7. Assuming that we won’t see any big changes with regard to Services when Windows 8 will be released I repeated the exercise by looking at what has changed between Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Build. To obtain the services data from each system, i executed the following PowerShell command: gwmi win32_service Read More …

How to remove the system reserved partition

Today I worked on something where I needed a Windows 8 client that does not have a system reserved partition. To avoid a fresh installation of Windows I decided to re-use one of my Virtual Machine templates and apply the process described below. I’m sure I’m not the first one that blogs about this but I’ve seen so many lengthy  and over-complicating descriptions (including instructions of loading the registry, use of 3rd party tools and Read More …

How to register a custom Assessment Job within the Windows Assessment Console

In the Scaling And Extending Windows Assessments To Improve System Quality (Part I & II) presentation shown at the //BUILD conference in September Jason Cohen a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft demonstrated how to create a custom Assessment job using a Ping test as example. Excited about the idea of extending the Windows Assessment Console with self-defined tests, I have since spend quite some time reading the related documentation on MSDN. I can imagine Read More …

GPO Template for UE-V SettingsTemplateCatalogPath configuration

To simplify my testing activities with Microsoft’s User Experience Virtualization (UE-V( Beta, I created a Group Policy template that configures the User’s SettingsTemplateCatalogPath. The SettingsTemplateCatalogPath is the location where UE-V looks for new or updated templates once a day. The SettingsTemplateCatalogPath setting is stored within the  Windows Registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration To get the GPO working I had to create another “custom” registry value called GP_SettingsTemplateCatalogPath_Set which defines whether the setting is enabled or disabled. (Well Read More …

Copying command-line tools from Windows into WinPE, don’t forget the localization files

To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not available within WinPE. So if you need a command-line tool from Windows such as icacls.exe you just copy the executable into your WinPE sources and you’re done. But hey, when booting into WinPE and executing icacls.exe, nothing is displayed, the command itself however works. Unfortunately just copying the the executable alone isn’t Read More …