Hot off the presses, get it now, the Windows 8 VDI optimization script, courtesy of PFE!

Hats off to Carl Luberti!  So, here it is, without further ado….its’ time to start Optimizing!   ‘ // ========================================================================   ‘ // Original generated with VDIOptimizer –   ‘ // (c)2010 Jonathan Bennett   ‘ //   ‘ // Version:          1.3-Win8   ‘ // Last Modified:    9th April 2013   ‘ // Last…


How to sustain your data collector set through a reboot!

This is a special post, from the Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFE) Vital Signs Instructors alias…something we felt should be shared. EDIT 2016: Note that Clint Huffman made a post to do this in logman in a black box recorder stype. I recommend following that too if you need the functionality: Clint's world, party time, excellent…


Download this KB now!

And test it first please. An enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 This is a collection of the various updates we kept (we being PFEs who do WDRAP in particular) and Yong Rhee published for us, like This is now a Rollup for Enterprises. …


How to stand up a MediaWiki on Windows Server 2012 (10 easy steps with pictures)

Step 1.  Setup Windows Server 2012 (see my build a lab series for that if you don’t know how). Step 2.  Patch it and name it blah blah. Step 3.  Download Microsoft Web Platform 4.5: Step 4.  Run it. Step 5.  Click Database, then “MySQL Windows 5.1” and click “Add” Step 6.  Click “Applications”…


Windows 7 Slow Boot / Slow Logon (Why I do what I do)

Lately, the last year or two, I’ve been slowly drawn (moth to flame almost) into the remediation of the problem state of Windows slow boot or slow logon conditions.  Interestingly enough, Microsoft Premier Field Engineering management allows (and encourages in many cases) folks to focus on things of interest to them.  Follow our passions as…


How to redirect Serial Ports in Windows Server 2012 RDS/VDI

This tip came to me from a question someone posed internally that we had to find an answer for by hunting someone down .   This property isn’t exposed in Server Managers’ UI, so you can set it by calling this powershell command:   Set-RDVirtualDesktopCollectionConfiguration –CollectionName <farm> –CustomRdpProperty “redirectcomports:i:1” Now the Remote Desktop Client will…


20 minute delay deploying Windows 7 on 802.1x? Fix it here!

Someone mentioned to me that he has a 20 minute delay deploying Windows 7 to 801.1x EAP networks.  They noted which is “A Windows Vista-based or Windows Server 2008-based computer does not respond to 802.1X authentication requests for 20 minutes after a failed authentication”.   But didn’t see a fix similar for Windows 7. …


How to collect a good boot trace on Windows 7

Assume the following:  You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from.  A good trace.  One that you know other people will be able to decipher as well as yourself.  Maybe I’ve asked you to collect a boot trace so I can look at it and pointed you to this…


The Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) view on Virtual Desktop (VDI) Density

For some, VDI is about density. How many guests can we stuff into a host with performance and user experience still at acceptable levels? This script is the clarion call for those, a herald in dark times of performance degradation. It is, the script a couple PFEs wrote… It makes an image lean but supportable….