PowerShell – Get latest Microsoft KB information

I frequently visit kbupdate.info which is a great resource for finding latest KB updates, but still you have to manually click through the various lists. Now that I am learning PowerShell anyway, i thought i’ll give myself another task to further improve my PowerShell skills. So here we go, below you find a script that retrieves the latest KB update information for various products and displays them on screen so that I can quickly browse Read More …

Explore the Microsoft Open Specifications

If you’re interested in reading how things really work, the Microsoft Open Specifications are a great resource. Microsoft Open Specifications is primarily intended for software developers but can also be of interest for anyone else who works with Microsoft products. The reason why these documents are little-known is because it isn’t easy to find them on MSDN where they are published. This has changed now. On the Microsoft Open Specifications Developer Center you can now 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 …

Microsoft Fixit Center Pro (Beta)

If you haven’t heard of this yet, I recommend taking a look at recently launched Microsoft Fixit Center Pro (Beta). This is an online service developed by the Microsoft Customer Service and Support organization that can help you with troubleshooting problems. To learn more about Microsoft Fixit Center Pro, I recommend reading the following: Microsoft Fix it Center Pro Now Available! Microsoft Fix it Center Pro automated diagnostic portal    

WatchTip: Triumph of the Nerds

Those who follow my blog since a while may have noticed that I have always been interested and fascinated about he history of how everything started around computers. Today I’ve come across this 3 part documentary called “Triumph of the Nerds”. A very interesting documentary how things started around the Personal Computer. Enjoy ! Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Their Friends 1/3 Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Their Friends 2/3 Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Read More …

ReadTip: Resources for Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop

Below just a few resources I have collected related to Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop. Licensing is not an exciting topic but we have to deal with it anyway. KMS Configuration using Citrix Provisioning Services Citrix Managing Microsoft KMS Volume Licensing Citrix Configuring Microsoft MAK Volume Licensing Citrix XenDesktop 5 Support Statement for Microsoft KMS activation with Machine Creation Services (MCS) Licensing Windows for VDI environments What is Microsoft VDA Licensing?

Automated Microsoft Security Essentials Installation

For all those that frequently setup test machines and get tired of manually installing the Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, here’s a straight forward batch file (even a regular user could use) that does the following: Downloads the Microsoft Security Essential 2.0 (x86) installation source file Installs Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Downloads and updates the virus definition signature file   [sourcecode language=”plain”] @ECHO OFF Echo Downloading Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 (x86) start /wait bitsadmin /TRANSFER MSE20 Read More …

ReadTip: How Microsoft IT deployed Office 2010

If you are planning deploying Office 2010 throughout an enterprise read this.

Head-to-head analysis of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft VDI, Quest vWorkspace, and VMware View

Ruben Spruijt has published an updated whitepaper “VDI Smackdown” which provides you with an overview of today’s VDI solutions. More details here

Frequently Asked Questions About Volume License Keys

A good FAQ about Microsoft Volume licensing. Details here