Network Issues prevent certain Installations (otherwise known as 0xc000000f)

I have recently been setting up a Hyper-V laboratory for a Windows 7 project.  I had all the machines installed, and I was configuring them using an RDP connection rather than using VMConnect (the reason is that it is nice and easy to get access to files that are outside the VM this way, simply…

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Kicking the tyres

Want to try out Windows Server 2008?  Or perhaps Exchange Server 2007?  You can download complete virtual machine environments for a whole list of Microsoft products, free of charge.  Check out the Test Drive program here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb738372.aspx for more information and the download links. The best thing about it is that you can download an…

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Just fix it for me please…

Articles on the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) sometimes contain pretty straightforward solutions, such as changing a single value in the registry or running a simple command.  They are often so simple that I always wondered why Windows could not just fix it for you, saving you the hassle of finding out what the solution is…

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Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008

I came across the following document the other day that contains plenty of useful tuning parameters and settings that you can tweak in order to improve performance in Windows Server 2008.  The nice thing is that each setting and its effect (or side-effect) are explained so that you can decide if you want to make…

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Project Highlander

Having better ‘green credentials’ than your competitor seems to be the in thing at the moment.  You’ll often see a company saying that they will plant X number of trees for each purchase you make, etc.  Of course, this is always a good thing and anything that is done, no matter how small, to improve…

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista (SP2) has been a hot topic recently.  While Microsoft has not released an immense amount of information regarding this upcoming important update, some interesting stuff has appeared (here and here, for example). As normal, the service pack will include all previously released updates since service pack 1 (SP1) was…

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Self-writing code

  If you do a lot of scripting for Windows, then you probably use VBScript (VBS) to do it.  With VBScript you can easily retrieve information about pretty much anything that is in your computer, or connected to the network, which is what makes it a good choice as a scripting language. When working on…

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Self-healing NTFS

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 contain an often overlooked feature called NTFS Self-Healing.  In a nutshell, it is basically an improvement to the NTFS system whereby Windows will detect a file system error and automatically fix it on-the-fly.  All this is performed in the background without anyone actually noticing that it happened, unless you…

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Decorating Windows Explorer

This is a tip that someone recently showed me that I really liked.  It allows you to display in Windows Vista (I haven’t tried it on any other Windows OS) a unique background image in Windows Explorer for each drive (internal or external) that you have in your computer.  This is particularly useful if you…

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HTAMount – Simplifying the mounting of Hyper-V VHD files to your computer

HTAMount is a HTML application that I wrote a while ago that provides a no-nonsense interface allowing you to mount/unmount offline Hyper-V virtual disk images (VHD) to your local file system, in read-only mode.  It consists of a HTML Application (HTA) front-end with some VBS script doing the mount/unmounting of the images via a WMI…

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