ToolTip: Windows 8 Update Notifier

With the introduction of Windows 7 Microsoft started to pay attention to remove unnecessary noise from the Windows Desktop meaning reducing the number of system notification balloons. For details read the Action Center blog post on the Engineering Windows 7 Read More …

Exploring the functions included in Microsoft.BDD.Utility.dll

While browsing through the MDT 2012 scripts, I noticed that here and there MDT uses functions included in the Microsoft.BDD.Utility.dll which is loaded by ZTIUtility.vbs. A good example is the ZTIGather.wsf where the following function is used to determine whether Read More …

List Task Sequence Variables and Values Script

For years I have been using the following script from myITforum to list Task Sequence Environment Variables and Values Set oTSEnv = CreateObject("Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment") For Each oVar In oTSEnv.GetVariables WScript.Echo oVar & "=" & oTSEnv(oVar) Next Because there are so many Read More …

How to detect if Windows Touch is enabled

While I was actually looking for something totally different, I stumbled over the IsTouchEnabled.exe that is stored within the MDT 2012 \Tools\OSDResults folder. The name says it all, it detects whether the device supports Touch or not. So I copied Read More …

How to access data from your Bitlocker enabled Windows To Go Workspace

Yesterday we looked at How to access data from the local disk when running a Windows To Go Workspace today we’re going to do the opposite. So let’s assume you’ve been working in your Windows To Go Workspace at home Read More …

How to access data from the local disk when running a Windows To Go Workspace

When provisioning a Windows To Go Workspace using the Windows 8 build-in Windows To Go creator or following the step by step instructions described within the TechNet Wiki a SAN policy is applied that prevents the Windows To Go Workspace Read More …

How to configure and deploy local Group Policy settings for ThinKiosk

  In my previous post Repurpose PCs with Windows ThinPC I used Andrew Morgan’s ThinKiosk to replace the default Windows Shell to limit the user’s access to the local machine. ThinKiosk can be configured via the command line, the Registry Read More …

Explore the Microsoft Open Specifications

If you’re interested in reading how things really work, the Microsoft Open Specifications are a great resource. Microsoft Open Specifications is primarily intended for software developers but can also be of interest for anyone else who works with Microsoft products. Read More …