Windows 8–Metered Connections

One of the new features in Windows 8 is that we can configure WLAN and WWAN cost settings. In the Windows UI this is called a metered connection. Why are these settings important? Well, when a Network is configured to be a Metered Connection, Windows will make several changes to the way that it uses the network to reduce overall network traffic through that connection, including the following: ·Only Critical Windows Updates are downloaded. ·Tile Read More …

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 kbupdate.info 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 kbupdate.info 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 …

Don’t forget to update your WSUS for Windows 8 and Server 2012

If you’re running a WSUS Server you might want to update it to support Windows 8 and Server 2012. There is Windows 8. Windows RT and Server 2012 Additional Reading: An update for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 is available (KB2734608) Additional note on KB 2734608 regarding WSUS, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Windows 8: Boot Time in BGINFO

Last week I noticed that the Boot Time shown on my BGInfo generated desktop wallpaper had a date of several days ago. This is because of the new Fast Startup feature introduced with Windows 8. In short, when you shutdown Windows 8 the kernel session is hibernated, so the next time you power on your computer the system starts from that hibernated session. When you initiate a Restart then the system does not hibernate the Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 3: Creating and using Templates

As explained in Part 2 Setting up UE-V out of the box UE-V has build-in support for various Windows Settings and the Office 2010 suite. But to take full advantage of UE-V you will most likely want to have you other applications roam their settings as well. For that you will have to create so called UE-V Templates. Once you have created an application template you store it into the settings template catalogue, in the Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 2: Setting up UE-V

As a follow up on my earlier post Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V in todays’ post I am going to describe how to get UE-V up and running in just a few steps. To conduct this mini proof of concept, you need the following: Access to Active Directory (Group Policy Management and the Users and Computers Console) Access to a File Server to create 2 shares 2 Windows Clients Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V

Many IT Administrators will agree that managing Windows user profiles can be somewhat of a challenge especially when using roaming user profiles where data and settings can follow the user across multiple Windows Clients. The term roaming profiles was introduced in Windows NT 4.0 but my experience is that roaming profiles weren’t used much then because in these days most users just had their own dedicated desktop anyway and if roaming profiles were used then Read More …

The Group Policy Setting “Verbose vs normal status messages” has a new name in Windows 8

If you want to show your users more details of what is going on during start, logon, logoff and shutdown of a system you can enable a Group Policy setting that is called “Verbose vs normal status messages’ in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows, but in Windows 8 the setting has a new name and is now called “Display highly detailed messages”. You can find the setting under Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates Read More …

TechEd North America 2012 Sessions available now

Last week TechEd 2012 North America took place in Orlando so now there’s a wealth of webcasts available on the TechEd 2012 website where you can register yourself to get access to all content (even if you didn’t attend the event) or if you like to download the sessions and watch them offline I recommend reading TechEd 2012 Orlando Download Sessions – Offline Viewing posted by Stefan Roth who blogs at SCOMfaq.ch. For a complete Read More …

How to run TechNet Virtual Labs on Windows 8 with IE10 and get around the “Cookie” error

A few weeks ago I wanted to run a TechNet Virtual Lab, but ran into an issue where I would get an error message saying “This site requires that your browser can accept cookies”. So tried to change the settings within Internet Explorer settings, but with no luck, so gave up to do this on Windows 8 CP with IE10 assuming that’s one of the side effects of using Beta software. Now today having loaded Read More …