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 …

Microsoft releases DaRT 8 Beta

Microsoft has released a Beta for DaRT 8. You find more details in the articles listed below. I’ve only been looking at it shortly, but here’s what I liked most: DaRT 8 now comes with full PowerShell support and some of the cmdlets added can also be used beyond DaRT. A complete new version of the DaRT image build wizard. UEFI support MDOP: DaRTing to the Future http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2012/03/28/mdop-darting-to-the-future.aspx Microsoft DaRT 8 Beta Q&A http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2012/03/28/microsoft-dart-8-beta-q-amp-a.aspx

Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART) Remote Connection Tool

Just a few weeks ago Microsoft released a public Beta version of the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART) 7. One of the new features of DART7 is the Remote Connection Tool. Okay, I agree this is not rocked science, actually I’ve written about this before using a VNC client, but now that it is included within the tool suite, it’s just there and ready to use. Let’s have a look how this works. On the Read More …

Adding Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART) to your Windows 7 boot menu

Last weekend I went through the Microsoft TechEd 2010 presentations and one of the presentations that got my attention was “Keeping Windows Running Effeciently with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset”. Presentation video and slides from this session can be found here (TechEd USA) or here (TechEd Europe) The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset is part of the MDOP Toolset. If you’re not familiar I recommend watching the TechEd presentation or read more here. One Read More …

AGPM Least Privilege Scenario (External)

Just going through an AGPM Installation (Advanced Group Policy Management) where I had to choose an Account for the AGPM Service which can be the Local System Account or a domain user account. Instead of just clicking next next…. I found some good guidance in the Ask the Directory Services Team blog – AGPM Least Privilege Scenario article. Also read Locking down AGPM fit for least privilege. Never heard of AGPM before ? Then watch Read More …