ToolTip: Microsoft Product Support Reports and Microsoft Product Support Reports Viewer

If you get tasked to do some system troubleshooting and you just want to get as many information possible from a client, then have a look at the Microsoft Product Support Report Tool and the Product Support Reports Viewer. The Microsoft Product Support Reports Viewer 2.0 can be downloaded from here and the Microsoft Product Support Reports from here First launch the Microsoft Product Support Tool, which is a self-extracting executable (no installation needed). Once Read More …

Extending User Information in AD – 64 Bit support

Back in 2008 I wrote about Extending User Information in AD. Today I came across a blog post mentioning that there is now an unsupported 64 bit version available. More details and download here

Windows ActiveX Installer Service

Managing ActiveX Components within an enterprise sometimes can be a pain. Users with standard user privileges by default can’t install ActiveX components, hence whenever a larger group of users require an ActiveX component you usually end up creating a software package and distribute it via Software Distribution or you provide them with temporary Administrative rights. But if the clients are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 there is another solution available I noticed many people Read More …

ReadTip: Optimizing Group Policy Performance

This is an excellent article written by Darren Mar-Elia author of gpoguy.com and founder of sdmsoftware. The article provides guidance for optimizing Group Policy Performance. Read the entire article here

Redirect Computers Container in Active Directory

When joining a Computer to an Active Directory domain using the Domain Join UI in Windows or a command line tool such as NETDOM.EXE, by default the computer object is stored in the Computers container which is defined as the default Container in Active Directory for new created Computer objects. The disadvantage of this is that you cannot link any Group Policies to the Computers container which prevents you from applying any Computer security or Read More …

4 Great App-V videos

I’m just about to expand my knowledge a bit around App-V. I haven’t done any hands-on yet, because I usually first focus on gathering all the useful resources available on the net, and then start reading these. By doing so, I found these fantastic videos on The Blogcast Repository. Deployment Scenarios with App-V 4.5 Planning Considerations before Implementing App-V 4.5 The App-V Client (part 1) The App-V Client Part 2- Deep Dive By the way, Read More …

Finding unused User Accounts in Active Directory

As we move towards the end of the year I thought it’s a good time to do some housekeeping activities within the lab infrastructure in which we work on a daily basis. Throughout the year we often create test user and computer objects within Active Directory and of course sometimes we forget to delete them. As I don’t want to reinvent a wheel again I searched the web and soon found a whole bunch of Read More …

Updating the Central Store for Windows 7 Group Policy Administrative Templates

One of the things to consider when deploying Windows 7 clients is to update the Central Store on your domain controllers. If you haven’t created a Central Store yet, I recommend you watch the video or read the documentation I have listed at the end of this post. If you do have a Central Store already, updating it with the Windows 7 Group Policy Administrative templates is very straight forward. You simply copy the templates Read More …

Applocker Documentation

The AppLocker Technical Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 provides technical guidance about understanding how AppLocker works and how to effectively plan and deploy AppLocker policies. The download contains two documents: BETA – AppLocker Frequently Asked Questions.pdf BETA – Planning and Deploying Windows AppLocker Policies.pdf Download here

Accidental object deletion prevention in Active Directory

When creating objects in Active Directory you can set a flag that prevents accidental deletion of an object. While this setting is visible in the UI by default when creating an Organizational Unit, for other objects like Users, Groups and Computers, this flag is not set by default and can only be set if the Advanced Features are enabled within the Active Directory Users and Computers Console. So assume you would create some important user Read More …