The Group Policy Setting “Verbose vs normal status messages” has a new name in Windows 8

If you want to show your users more details of what is going on during start, logon, logoff and shutdown of a system you can enable a Group Policy setting that is called “Verbose vs normal status messages’ in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows, but in Windows 8 the setting has a new name and is now called “Display highly detailed messages”. You can find the setting under Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates Read More …

How to RDP from a Mac to Windows

A friend of mine, an ultimate Mac user had recently bought a Windows PC to run an application not available on Mac. He asked me how he could remotely connect from his Mac to a Windows PC. I have little experience with Mac computers, but being interested in anything about IT, I remembered having seen something about a Remote Desktop client on the Office for Mac website. Once installed you can easily connect to a Read More …

ToolTip Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent

If you’re looking for a more advanced version of the WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool then have a look at the Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent provided by Solarwinds. As for most of the Tools I mention on this blog, it’s FREE. Here are the highlights: The Diagnostic Tool runs on x64 and x86 systems Additional validation tests on key configuration options, such as syntax checking on the WSUS URL, and validating the installed version Read More …

TechEd North America 2012 Sessions available now

Last week TechEd 2012 North America took place in Orlando so now there’s a wealth of webcasts available on the TechEd 2012 website where you can register yourself to get access to all content (even if you didn’t attend the event) or if you like to download the sessions and watch them offline I recommend reading TechEd 2012 Orlando Download Sessions – Offline Viewing posted by Stefan Roth who blogs at SCOMfaq.ch. For a complete Read More …

How to run TechNet Virtual Labs on Windows 8 with IE10 and get around the “Cookie” error

A few weeks ago I wanted to run a TechNet Virtual Lab, but ran into an issue where I would get an error message saying “This site requires that your browser can accept cookies”. So tried to change the settings within Internet Explorer settings, but with no luck, so gave up to do this on Windows 8 CP with IE10 assuming that’s one of the side effects of using Beta software. Now today having loaded Read More …

How to use Group Policy to configure default Library definition files in Windows 8

There is a new Group Policy setting for Windows 8 and Server 2012 called “Location where all default Library definition files for users/machines reside”. The policy can be found under Computer or User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Explorer. If you enable this policy setting, administrators can specify a path where all default Library definition files for users reside. The user will not be allowed to make changes to these Libraries Read More …

How to upload content from an IPad to Microsoft SkyDrive

Most of the time I use my IPad (Until I get a Windows 8 Tablet) for reading manuals, whitepapers etc. but then I often used to e-mail the links to myself so I could download the content on my PC later as well. But now that there’s SkyDrive for the IPad this has an end. So far I had only used SkyDrive on the IPad to access content I had uploaded form my PC, but Read More …

Automated Download and Installation for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

Since I am going install the ADK on several clients and servers, I decided to automate that process based on the information found in the MSDN article Installing the Windows ADK Because downloading all the ADK sources from the Microsoft web can take a while, the first task is to only download them and save the locally. Create a folder on your local drive, let’s say C:\DATA\ADKSETUP Then download the ADKSETUP.EXE from the Microsoft download Read More …

Group Policy setting’s behavior related to reboots, logoffs and schema extensions

The Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 now includes 3 additional columns providing additional information about each policy setting’s behavior related to reboots, logoffs, and schema extensions. Reboot Required: A "Yes" in this column means Windows requires a restart before it applies the described policy setting. Logoff Required: A "Yes" in this column means Windows requires the user to log off and log on again before it applies the described Read More …