Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster

From the desk of Martin McClean, (author of the Active Directory Jigsaw, Windows Server 2008 Component Poster etc): This new poster provides a visual reference for understanding key technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It focuses on Active Directory Domain Services, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Remote Desktop Services (including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)), BranchCache, and…

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British Airways Premium Economy Review

Last week I got to fly in British Airways’ (BA) Premium Economy from Seattle to Berlin for TechEd. It was always going to be an interesting flight as I was keen to see if BA’s premium economy was how I remembered it several years ago. At the time I thought it was the best thing…

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Group Policy Settings Spreadsheet Changes

I notice online that there’s a broken link to the Group Policy Settings Spreadsheet changes. What happened was that the content for this area got consolidated and unfortunately in the process the old links were broken. So if you are looking for settings changes in Group Policy for: Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows…

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Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset support for different OS’s

I was checking out my search link referrals today on a previous post announcing the availability of MDOP 2009 R2. I noticed an interesting search query that I think warrants clarification. While we are producing new versions of DaRT, the successive versions arent backwards compatible. So lets make this one clear so everyone knows and understands…

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Terminal Server 2003 issues with Group Policy Preferences History Folder

We have heard some customer issues around one of the underpinning areas of Group Policy Preferences – namely the History Folder. Issue On Windows Server 2003 Terminal Servers with a large number of users, the history folder grows so large it causes increasing slow logons for the users. What does the History folder do anyway??…

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HP CM1312 Printer still lacking Windows 7 drivers

Got this in my mail from John Hathaway, who like me, laments the inability of hardware vendors to re-release/update their driver installers to work with Windows 7. I blogged about this some time ago but John has updated it further. Here’s his feedback: “…Anyway, I put together a small instruction pack similar to yours, but…

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Slow Link detection in Vista and Windows 7

The ever irrepressible Mike Stephens has done an awesome blog post on slow link detection in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This mechanism changed in these versions from using ICMP Ping to NLA. Mike speaks about it on the AskDS blog. Over to you Mike…

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AGPM 4.0 and DaRT 6.5 (MDOP 2009 R2) now available

Wahoo! Its finally out and announced on the MDOP blog. MDOP 2009 R2 is now available at the MVLS site. This means you get two of the products my teams worked on which were Advanced Group Policy Management 4.0 and Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 6.5, both of which support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008…

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Group Policy Changes in XP SP3

Im seeing tons of people on forums trying to find the Group Policy Changes in XP SP3 and Windows 7. It seems that both Google and Bing dont return the results if you search for “Group Policy Changes XP SP3” because of all the noise of people asking where they are… So for your enjoyment…

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System Center Online Desktop Manager beta is available soon

We are excited to offer an exclusive opportunity for customers to participate in an upcoming Microsoft beta program. In the coming months, a new Microsoft desktop management service will be made available to a limited number of customers to obtain their feedback and input.  We are seeking customers primarily in the core midmarket space, but…

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