How to prepare an Office 2013 Click-to-Run deployment

With the release of the Office 2013 preview Microsoft also made available the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run deployments. Although we here a lot about Click-to-Run these days, it’s not something totally new. Microsoft first introduced this with Office 2010 but it didn’t get that much attention within enterprise environment. For Office 2013 I can imagine that this will change. Microsoft describes Click-to-Run as following: Office 2013 Preview Click-to-Run is a technology that reduces the Read More …

How to setup KMS on Server 2012 for activating Office 2013 Preview

Hey there, it’s been a while since I wrote the last blog post, but that is because I spend 2 excellent weeks at an Italian beach with my family and enjoyed “dolce far niente”. Now and then I did read some tweets so of course got notice of the Office 2013 Preview Microsoft released earlier last week. So now that I’m back I have started reading through the various documentations and so I came across Read More …

ToolTip: .NET Version Detector

Curious about what .NET versions you have installed? Here’s a nice small FREE standalone utility that tells you what .NET versions are included by default within what Windows operating system version and what versions you have actually installed on your client / server. .NET Version Detector can be downloaded from here

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 3: Creating and using Templates

As explained in Part 2 Setting up UE-V out of the box UE-V has build-in support for various Windows Settings and the Office 2010 suite. But to take full advantage of UE-V you will most likely want to have you other applications roam their settings as well. For that you will have to create so called UE-V Templates. Once you have created an application template you store it into the settings template catalogue, in the Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 2: Setting up UE-V

As a follow up on my earlier post Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V in todays’ post I am going to describe how to get UE-V up and running in just a few steps. To conduct this mini proof of concept, you need the following: Access to Active Directory (Group Policy Management and the Users and Computers Console) Access to a File Server to create 2 shares 2 Windows Clients Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V

Many IT Administrators will agree that managing Windows user profiles can be somewhat of a challenge especially when using roaming user profiles where data and settings can follow the user across multiple Windows Clients. The term roaming profiles was introduced in Windows NT 4.0 but my experience is that roaming profiles weren’t used much then because in these days most users just had their own dedicated desktop anyway and if roaming profiles were used then Read More …