Windows 7 Service Triggers

When taking a closer look at the Services in Windows 7 you will notice that many of them are configured to start manually but will be started when needed. For more details read my earlier posts Windows Services, what changed from Vista to Windows7 Part1 and Windows Services, What changed from Vista to Windows7 – Part2. The technology behind starting Services when needed is called Service Triggers that were introduced with Windows 7 and Windows Read More …

Collect BranchCache Bandwidth data using PowerShell

If you have BranchCache deployed within your enterprise environment you might be interested in the BranchCache Bandwidth Saving Calculation PowerShell Script for the SMB Protocol which allows you to collect and measure the amount of WAN bandwidth that is saved by your BranchCache deployment. Get the documentation and script from here

Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA)

For those of you that do already use Windows 7 DirectAccess or plan to do so in the near future have a look at the Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA). The Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) helps organizations reduce the cost of supporting DirectAccess users and significantly improve their connectivity experience. DCA informs mobile users of their connectivity status at all times; provides tools to help them reconnect on their own if problems arise; and 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 …

ReadTip: BranchCache Design Guide

Source: Microsoft This design guide provides information about BranchCache in both distributed cache mode and hosted cache mode that assists you in determining the best way to deploy BranchCache on your network. The Guide can be downloaded from here Related content: Windows7 BranchCache test results Playing with BranchCache BranchCache Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

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 …

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer with support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

With the launch of Windows 7 Microsoft also released an updated version of the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer also known as MBSA. The version is 2.1.1 which is indicating that this is basically just a minor revision of the previous MBSA 2.1, and that is exactly what it is . MBSA 2.1.1 does not appear to bring any new features other than adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Hoping to find Read More …

The confusion around Hyper-V

When talking about Hyper-V with customers or colleagues, I notice that there is quite some confusion around the definition of Hyper-V Server and Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server 2008 / 2008-R2 The Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components.  What’s important to know, the Hyper-V Server comes for FREE!. No, Hyper-V Server is not just Windows Server Core + Hyper-V, the Read More …

Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM Dates

Now that Windows7 RTM is available on MSDN, some might wonder when the 2008-R2 bits are being made available. Then read this article on the Windows Server Division WebLog.