Troubleshooting KMS Activation – Part 1, the client

Windows activation is simple and straightforward if you understand the components.  I have had a few customers that stumbled when getting a KMS online and in every case it has been an issue with name resolution, network connectivity, or they simply did not understand how to use the keys.  Activation is designed to help you…

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WDS/Multicast info from TechEd

This is a great blog entry about a TechEd session focused on Multicast in Windows Server 2008 Windows Deployment Services.  Some very interesting information about special options to detect and deal with the slowest clients on your network.  Josh’s Windows Weblog : TechEd 2007 – Day 2 – WDS Multicast Deployments Coming Technorati tags: Microsoft, Windows, Server,…

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June 12th – Server 2003 SP2 hits Automatic Updates

 Just a quick note to make sure anyone subscribing to my blog gets this info.  Service Pack 2 for Server 2003 (yes, it has been out for a while now…) will be put on automatic updates June 12th.  See Sean’s site linked below for more detail and how to block it if needed. The Sean…

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Link : BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Patching Vista

Ben is a great BDD resource and the original creator of the idea to open notepad as an application during the capture process.  If you are interested in BDD, subscribe to Ben’s feed.  This article shows how to “mod” the ZTIPatches script so that BDD can deploy update patches in addition to Language Packs.  You may have already…

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Hanging out at MMS

It’s been a good week so far at MMS.  The opening reception was fun with a lot of familiar faces floating around.  I’ve been in the EdSG group long enough to know quite a few people who work in education and get excited about ConfigMan, OpsMan, Longhorn, etc.  Much to talk about!  If by chance you are…

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Read this post on virtualization

I’m loving this article from Mike Neil in the Windows Server group.  Especially the quote below.  I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent in the last few months thinking about this very concept.  Education could really benefit from a widescale virtual application delivery model. “And in my mind’s eye, I see a time when…

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Link to article: BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool

 Josh, you beat me to it.  I can officially clear this from my Outlook 2007 todo bar.  Great article. When working with schools on BDD I try to find time to show how to enable the wizard page that automatically sets up the image install as prepared for Bitlocker.  If you have machines already deployed and…

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Windows Sysinternals

As I’m sure you can tell I’m on the road this week.  In fact, I’m on the road almost solid through the end of March.  There is an absolutely wonderful enthusiasm in Education right now about Windows Vista.  For my blog this means I don’t have a lot of time for original content so I’m…

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