How to find latest Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for Windows 8 and Server 2012

A great resource I am using for years already to proactively read through the Microsoft KB’s is a monitoring system that scans the entire Microsoft Knowledge Base every night. Now that Windows 8 and Server 2012 are out and Microsoft starts publishing KBs for it, you can track them easily via Below just some random KB’s I found interesting to know about. Remote Group Policy updates are visible to users ADM files are Read More …

Microsoft Office 2010 System End User Training Toolkit

In addition to the Office 2010 Migration Guides that are available since a while Microsoft recently published the Microsoft Office 2010 System End User Training Toolkit. The Microsoft Office 2010 End User Training Kit is a set of end-user training content for Microsoft Office 2010 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Users can either download the full Office 2003 to 2010 or 2007 to 2010 upgrade Toolkit or select a training toolkit for Read More …

All you need to know about Group Policy versioning

Ever wondered how the Group Policy versioning works? Below you find a number of articles and resources that provide a good insight how GPO versioning works. Group Policy Team Blog – Understanding the Domain based GPO version number TechNet – Displaying Version Properties of a Group Policy Object MSDN – Group Policy: Core Protocol Specification (Details in section 3.3.5)

ReadTip: BranchCache Learning Roadmap

Microsoft has published a BranchCache Learning Roadmap document. Download the document from here This learning roadmap provides you with links to prerequisite information you need to understand and deploy BranchCache, and also provides links to BranchCache information from level 100 to level 300. In addition there are links to optional information that will enhance your ability to expand and manage your BranchCache deployment.

ReadTip: Best Practice: Active Directory Structure Guidelines

Alan Burchill author of the Group Policy Center blog has posted 2 great articles on Best Practices for Active Directory Structures. Best Practice:Active Directory Structure Guidelines – Part 1 Best Practice: Group Policy Design Guidelines – Part 2

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 …

Windows 7 Enterprise Training

One of the objectives of deploying a new operating system within an Enterprise is to provide end users with a state of the art Operating System that builds the foundation for adopting new technologies and to increase end user productivity. IT departments usually spend months in preparing an enterprise wide desktop deployment and by doing so they automatically get familiar with all the new functionality and features of the new Operating System. But what about Read More …

MED-V demo videos

If you’re planning to do some hands-on with MED-V I recommend that you have a look at these MED-V videos.

Using Hard Links – Part One

Nowadays we often hear the term Hard link in conjunction with Windows 7 deployments, this because the User State Migration Tool 4.0 aka USMT now provides support for hard links. The advantage of using hard links is that there is no explicit need to copy the data away from the machine before installing Windows 7. I plan to write about USMT 4.0 and the use of hard links in another post. The purpose of this Read More …