Windows Server 2012 “Server 8 Beta” GUI Removal and Reinstallation

One of the very interesting features of Windows Server 8 Beta is the ability to install your server with full GUI and do all of your required configurations and then remove the GUI to be server core. Same operation can be done the other way around as some people may install server core and realize…


New Microsoft Certifications–to the next level!

Put your skills against the test, stay relevant, get a salary increase, and be motivated towards a goal! Microsoft Certifications are continually updated, to help you keep your skills up to date in an ever-changing global IT environment. Microsoft Certifications are always kept current with more streamlined, solutions-based certification paths covering the latest trends in…

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How to force WinRM to listen interfaces over HTTPS

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is a protocol for Windows operating systems which is implemented as a web service and is used for secure remote management of systems. Following actions depends on WinRM configuration; Windows Remote Shell command line tool Winrs Event Forwarding Windows PowerShell 2.0 Remoting WinRM service starts automatically on Windows Server 2008 but…

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WSPAD file is in bad format

    I’ve been configuring TMG auto client proxy detection and it was failing. After researching it online and internally, didn’t find anything useful. So when I installed the TMG client and run this test: C:\Program Files (x86)\Forefront TMG Client>FwcTool.exe testautodetect FwcTool version 7.0.7734.100 Forefront TMG Client support tool Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights…


Manage your Windows 7 deployment with MAC Addresses

I have been asked a number of times on the possibility of allowing or denying Windows 7 installation to specific MAC addresses. If you are performing a light touch installation (LTI) using MDT, you can append the MAC address to your customsettings.ini file. A sample configuration is shown below: [Settings] Priority=MacAddress, Default [00:15:5D:84:2F:24] OSInstall=Y [Default]…

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Zero Touch Implementation with Configuration Manager 2007 R3 – Part3

In my previous article Zero Touch Implementation with Configuration Manager 2007 R3 – part2, we went over the required configuration for ZTI. We also installed and configured MDT integration with Configuration Manager. Throughout this article, we will build and capture a reference image to be used later for production deployment. Before starting with the package…

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WAIK SP1 Released!!

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit for Windows® 7 SP1 has been released. To download the update: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=696dd665-9f76-4177-a811-39c26d3b3b34 For the online readme help: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349350(WS.10).aspx For a quick Q&A, check Michael Niehaus blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/02/17/windows-aik-for-windows-7-sp1-released.aspx

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Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 RTM released

Service pack 1 for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 is now RTM and released to MSDN and technet subscribers. The service pack will be available for public download on 22nd of Feb. This release adds new features for Windows 2008 R2. Major features are for Hyper-V and they are… Remote FX (details here) Dynamic Memory (details here)…

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Zero Touch Implementation with Configuration Manager 2007 R3 – Part2

In my previous article Zero Touch Implementation with Configuration Manager 2007 R3, we went over installing and configuring the required Windows, and Configuration Manager Roles for ZTI. We’ve also installed System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 version to benefit from the latest enhancements. In this article, we will go over configuring SCCM components, followed by…

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Start using Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Dynamic Memory Feature in your Test Virtual Environment

Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 includes several new incremental enhancements, it also introduces two important new features for customers using the Windows Server virtualization stack, the very good feature in SP1 is Dynamic Memory which is the subject for this post. Dynamic Memory is a new feature within Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. It…

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