Unable to select an attached VHD as a Shadow Copy Storage location

You may notice that you cannot choose to store Shadow Copies on an attached VHD, and that when configuring Shadow Copy protection on an attached VHD, there are no other locations available to store the copies on, other than the protected VHD volume. This behavior is by design. Illustrated below is the behavior you may… Read more

The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth

In my quest to better understand the interworking of how NTFS stores information on disk, I have been researching what happens to a file as it grows in size and complexity.  The reason I’m after this knowledge is so I can better troubleshoot certain storage issues.  Recently, I realized that I’d stuffed my head with… Read more

KMS Host Client Count not Increasing Due to Duplicate CMID’S

Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.  I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving KMS activation and deployment of images.    This issue seems to be more prevalent today due to the various tools used to clone images, create images based on a templates, Physical… Read more

How to run a Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence From MDT 2010

Hello, my name is Kevin Ledman. I am a Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover how to run the new Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence included with MDT 2010. If you choose to deploy an operating system manually or need to make customizations outside of the MDT task sequencer,… Read more

Invalid Product Key Error Specifying MAK key in unattend.xml

Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.  I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving specifying MAK Product Keys during setup of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  When deploying a Volume License (VL) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 you… Read more