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 …

Adobe introduces new Update Mechanism for Adobe Flash Player

A few days ago Adobe released a security update for Adobe Flash player and with that update Adobe also introduced a new mechanism for Flash Player updates. When deploying Adobe Flash player within a controlled corporate environment you most likely want to prevent the player from automatically updating itself or show notifications about a new version being available. When installing Adobe Flash Player 11.2 you will find the following: A new Scheduled Task called Adobe Read More …

Keep track of Global and Regional Windows 7 deployment status

During this week there have been various reports about Windows 7 passing Windows XP in the U.S. The numbers used come from StatCounter a web analytics service. While Windows 7 has passed Windows XP in the U.S, we’re not yet there globally. Worldwide Windows 7 Deployment Status Source: Global Stats If you’re interested finding out how Windows 7 does in your region, simply go to StatCounter and select your region. Beside the operating system, you Read More …

ReadTip: General (Windows) activation concepts (KMS/MAK)

A great article from Kevin Ledman – Microsoft Platforms Support, covering the following topics around Windows activation: What is KMS? What is MAK? What do you consider your ‘current operating systems? How do I know what I have available to me? I see both keys on the volume website, so I guess I have both options. Now what? I don’t have enough machines to use KMS, so I’ll use MAK. What do I do now? Read More …

ReadTip: Planning guide for Microsoft Office 2010

For anyone who is somehow involved in a Office 2010 deployment planning I strongly recommend reading the Planning Guide for Microsoft Office 2010. Microsoft just released an updated version. Don’t be shocked, the document counts 458 pages, but does contain a lot of useful and interesting information. And in case you aren’t aware already about the KMS requirements for Office 2010, read the Office 2010 KMS Server Requirements blog post, I mention this often when Read More …

ReadTip: Microsoft Office 2010 – Under the Hood Investments for Hardware and Performance

This whitepaper highlights the broad range of hardware supported by Microsoft® Office 2010 and describes the significant improvements in performance available in Office 2010. Results from internal testing by Microsoft are included to demonstrate the measurable performance gains users can experience when performing common tasks using different Office 2010 applications. These results indicate that in some cases uses can expect performance gains of 90% or higher compared with using corresponding Office 2007 applications. I just Read More …

There’s no reason to wait for Windows 7 Service Pack 1

This week Microsoft released the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. Some companies follow the rule of not deploying a new Windows operating system before the release of the first Service Pack, however for Windows 7 there is simply no need for postponing deployments because SP1 doesn’t add any new features but only addresses some minor usability issues. On the Windows client operating system side SP1 is basically Read More …

ToolTip: SMB BranchCache deployment Diagnosis script

Just found this SMB BranchCache deployment diagnosis script on MSDN Code Gallery. The Test-SMBBranchCache script is used to find common SMB BranchCache misconfiguration issues. It allows a user to verify the SMB BranchCache server or client configuration. When run on a server, it can test the state of a BranchCache-enabled network share. When run on a client, it can do an end-to-end validation of the SMB BranchCache functionality. Download documentation and diagnosis script from here

Preparing the Bitlocker Partition

For the use of Bitlocker two partitions are required, this because pre-startup authentication and system integrity verification must occur on a separate partition from the encrypted operating system drive. Now let’s assume you started deploying Windows 7 with just a single partition, but a few months later your company decides to use Bitlocker Disk Encryption. Now you need that second partition! Not t0o many years ago, when speaking about repartitioning disks most of us would Read More …

Extracting CAB files from Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU)

When manually downloading a Microsoft Security Update or hotfix for Windows 7 (Vista) you typically get a file with an MSU file extension. A file with an MSU extension is a Microsoft Update Standalone package. Microsoft Update Standalone Packages are installed through the Windows Update Standalone Installer WUSA.EXE which is located in the  C:\Windows\system32 folder. If you need to install many updates you could create a script like the one below. SET HOTFIXSRC=<folder that contains Read More …