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 …

Group Policy Script Processing Behavior

If you are preparing for a Windows 7 deployment and use GPO based startup and logon scripts you should be aware of the default processing behavior in Windows 7. Read the details here Source: Ask the Directory Services Team blog

The Argument against Disabling IPv6

Last Friday I met with some friends I used to work with in the past and we had some talk about Windows 7 and IPv6. One had mentioned that they would explicitly disable the IPv6 on the client systems, this because they would not use it and they wanted to avoid unnecessary network traffic on their LAN/WAN. Back home I did some searches on the internet and found the below statement in the Support for Read More …

End of Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista (with no service packs installed)

Be aware of the upcoming End of Support for Windows Vista (RTM) and Windows XP SP2. More details here. Also read End of support for Windows 2000 and Extended Support phase transition for Windows Server 2003 here

ViewTip: Vista to Win7 transition bug

This week Jeremy Moskowitz wrote about a Vista/Win7 GPO bug in his weekly newsletter you should know about if you are transitioning to Windows 7. If you are a systems administrator dealing with Group Policies I strongly recommend to sign-up to Jeremy’s Newsletter. If you use Vista as your GP management station, and are transitioning to Windows 7 policy definitions, be careful of this bug !

Shrinking your System Drive

I am currently doing some training on App-V and for the sequencing of Applications there is a requirement to have 2 Partitions running on the system on which you sequence the application. Unfortunately I had setup my Windows 7 lab PC with only one partition. A couple of years ago you would have ended up using some 3rd party tools to repartition your system but nowadays (actually since Windows Vista) this is something that takes Read More …

Identifying KMS Servers

Assume you are at a client site and plan to deploy a Windows Server (2008 / 2008-R2) or Windows Clients (Windows Vista / Windows 7) and want to check if they do already have KMS Services running on their network. It’s very simple. Just open a command prompt and type the following command: nslookup -type=srv _vlmcs._tcp If KMS Services are present on the network the results will be listed as shown in the picture below. Read More …

Hide the Unused Updates

When opening Windows Update, you might see a number of Important and optional updates that are available to your system. But what to do if you are not interested in installing one of these updates? Over time the list will keep growing as new updates will be released and it becomes quite an annoying job to go over the entire list over and over again. When you click on the “optional updates are available” link, Read More …

Windows XP Mode Deployment Sample Scripts

if you have watched the Windows XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video, you might be interested in the scripts they’ve used to automatically install XP Mode and create virtual machines. You can download them from here

Windows Licensing Fact Sheet

Has your organization ever acquired PCs without operating systems preinstalled, and then used its Volume Licensing agreement to install the full operating system on those PCs? Download the Windows Licensing Fact Sheet to learn more about Windows Licensing.