ToolTip: Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Windows Virtual PC requires that your hardware supports hardware-assisted virtualization. There are a number of third party utilities around already, but now Microsoft released one as well. It’s called the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool and can be downloaded from here If you launch the tool manually it will tell you if your system meets the requirements for running Windows Virtual PC or not, quite similar as the Securable utility I wrote about in the Detect Read More …

Scripting HP Wireless Device State

An old colleague called me up this week (well in fact it was my old boss who has left our company), and told me about an issue they had when deploying an ISP specific Software Package that interacts with the Wireless Devices on their HP notebooks. The problem was that if the WWAN device has been turned of via the quick launch button by the end user, the software would not install. What many don’t Read More …

BitLocker Deployment Sample Resources

During my weekly “let’s see what’s new”  search on some of my favorite websites, I found the “Bitlocker Deployment Sample Resources” on the MSDN Code Gallery. The Resource Page contains a lot of documentation and useful script samples for the deployment and management of Microsoft Bitlocker.

Scripting Windows Explorer Details View

Those of you who are familiar with desktop engineering know the pain of scripting Windows configuration settings. While in general many settings can be configured by adding or changing a specific registry key value, there are still many things within the OS where Microsoft did not make our life as easy and provides a single registry key that can be tweaked. Yesterday I worked on setting the Windows XP Windows Explorer View to “Details” by default for all Read More …

Windows PowerShell – Free booklet

As it looks like, Windows PowerShell will become part of Windows7, so it’s about time to start learning this powerfull scripting language. After i had downloaded PowerShell v1.0 (v2.0 is currently in CTP), i’ve started collecting and searching the documentation and learning guides. I’m not goig to list them all here, most resources and further links can be found on the Microsoft Technet Script Center. But there is one i would like to reference as Read More …

Creating GPO reports

Usually when you need a report for a given Group Policy object, you would launch the Group Policy Management Console, select the GPO and then select the settings tab that produces the report. But what if you need a report for multiple or even all your GPOs you have within your Active Directory ? Going through each GPO and produce the report manually is going to take ages and is boring. My colleague Rudi recently Read More …