Windows 10 VDI Optimization Script

Hello party people! Dude here. Carl Luberti has worked some scriptastic magic on WIndows 10 to make it a friendly (er) VM guest for VDI. Edit – non-persistent pooled VMs may have issues. Undocumented/untested/etc. Twitter post is here  and includes a nice picture I took at Gibbs Gardens in North Georgia. If you prefer to go…

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How To: Collect ETL/WPT tracing diagnostics when you can never logon to the host.

First, guess who's back?! Me! I left Microsoft of my own accord last year. I came back. I wrote this about my experience, I hope you enjoy it. There and back again, an IT tale… Anyways, I was asked a few times recently, Dude, how do you collect an ETW trace for boot/logon if the…

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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: http://www.bing.com/search?setmkt=en-US&q=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”…

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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…

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The network impact of a Windows 8 RT device on your network.

Edited! So someone had this question.  It’s a good one.  I didn’t know the answer so I found out….   Articles here and here would indicate that network traffic should be both intermittent and light.  So….lets check it out. The Test:  I built a Windows 8 VM in my lab.  Updated it, updated default Windows…

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Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Bitlocker PIN

Today’s tip… While it still requires administrative privileges to configure BitLocker, with Windows 8, standard users can now by default change their own PIN/Password.  It is recommended that this be used in conjunction with the ‘Configure use of passwords’ GPO setting to enforce length and complexity. One thing this means for enterprises is that they…

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Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Bitlocker

Today’s tip… Previously, BitLocker encryption has been an ‘all or nothing’.  Either a volume was completely encrypted or it was not.  Windows 8 brings us a new option, ‘Encrypt Used Disk Space Only’.  Just like it sounds, this option allows us to encrypt only the parts of the volume that are currently in use.  As…

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What does a good boot look like (aka, what should I be happy with)?

It’s a question I wasn’t prepared for in class last week, but one that made sense really.  For the IT Pro that doesn’t eat breath and sleep this stuff, what does a good or ‘fair’ trace look like? Something like this: What we are looking at here is a boot up that finishes before 45…

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How to collect a trace for audio or video problems in Windows 7

Assume the following:  You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from.  The user complains of audio issues, stuttering, latency, etc…or video frame rate is low.  Something annoying. Like my previous post, lets cover a few basic rules here as we get started: 1.  If host = Windows 7 AND…

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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…

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