Enable Wireless (Wi-Fi) in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

I was just about to drop a post on how to enable Wi-Fi in Server 2008 (R2) as I just bumped into this when installing a Server 2008 R2 on a HP 8730p notebook and found out that by default this Service isn’t enabled, which makes sense as usually Servers don’t use a Wireless connection. But why rewrite something others did already. Read more about enabling Wi-Fi on Server 2008(R2) here.

Troubleshooting Windows Update

Issues with installing Windows Updates? Then have a look at the following Microsoft Support Articles: KB971058 How do I reset Windows Update components? KB947821 Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

RDP Copy Paste Ramblings

Today I had a problem with copy pasting some content from a RDP session to my local client. I was quite surprised that this didn’t work since I have been using this quite often recently. But as so often, the answer to my problem was quickly found in Google. It appears that I have become so used to work with Windows Server 2008 and 2008-R2 that I had simply forgotten that if you want to Read More …

SQL Server 2008 Express Setup Challenge

I’ve spend about 2 hours tonight getting SQL Server 2008 Express installed on a Windows Server 2008 system…….. Launched the installation package, it started extracting it’s content, it made an attempt to launch the embedded setup.exe and then…..Nothing. The temporary folder that holds the extracted installation files got deleted and all that was left was the below error log. 03/09/2010 23:22:48.079 ====================================================================== 03/09/2010 23:22:48.235 Setup launched 03/09/2010 23:22:48.282 Attempting to determine media source 03/09/2010 23:22:48.329 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 …

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 …

Changing Internet Explorer Security Settings on Windows Server 2008

While I was preparing my home lab for some Group Policy tests i wanted to perform I got an error when generating a report in the Group Policy Management Console which is running on a Windows Server 2008 with Internet Explorer 8. The error was: “An error occurred in the script in this page” A search on the web indicated that this had to do with the Internet Explorer Security Settings, but when I opened Read More …

Windows Server 2008-R2 Multilanguage Packs

When I recently browsed through the Windows Download Center I noticed that there is a download for “Windows Server 2008 R2 Multilingual User Interface Language Packs”. Having worked with Multilanguage Packs for the Windows Client operating system since these were introduced with Windows 2000, I was astonished to see these in the public download center, because for Windows Clients you must have a Software Assurance or other Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft to use Multilanguage Packs. Read More …

Volume Activation changes in Windows7

Here is another video from TechnetEdge talking about the changes in volume activation for Windows7. What I found interesting to hear is that there will be a patch available for your current KMS server running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008 that will allow your current KMS system recognizing Windows7 clients. http://edge.technet.com/Media/Volume-Activation-changes-in-Windows-7/

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