The Windows XP journey ends soon. Are you ready for April 8, 2014?

It’s only 4 months until Windows XP becomes an ex parrot. PFE superstar Milad Aslaner walks us through some of the implications. April 8th 2014 will be a very important day for most enterprises. After that day Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, the last supported version of Windows XP….


Uncovering a hidden gem: PSR.exe

Hmm… let’s see… I can remember the old Program Status Register from the Intel x86 days. Or maybe PSR stands for Physicians for Social Responsibility? No? Then what is it? Our colleague, Mike O’Neill from the PFE – US West team explains what PSR is all about in his recent blog post. PSR is Problem…


AskPFEPlat: New Slow-Boot-Slow-Logon Hotfix available for Windows 7/2008 R2

SBSL Hotfix Rollup Mark at AskPFEPlat announced the release of a new slow-boot-slow-login (SBSL) hotfix rollup particularly useful for corporate Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers: Hey y’all, Mark here with some great news. A massive Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) hotfix rollup for enterprises that includes 90 post Windows 7/2008 R2  hotfixes…


DirectAccess for Windows 7 works! But stops sometimes. Why?

My sometime partner in crime Chad Duffey posted a tip he came across from a couple of DirectAccess deployments where Win7 clients mysteriously stopped working: I’m seeing lots of cases were a Direct Access proof of concept has been set up and it works really well for a while with both Windows 8 and Windows…


Beauty Contest: What’s a good-looking boot?

Well, I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like it when the boots are short and punchy! Jeff continues to tell you everything we know: This time, it’s what the goal state of any boot optimization process should look like: a beautiful, fast boot. It’s what you should…


Faking Internet Connectivity for your Lab (Tricking NCSI)

Sometimes, you’d do anything to keep your connection icons tidy! Chad (from the Canberra PFE team) and I gave a talk on the new simplified DirectAccess at TechEd 2012 Australia, and we really wanted our demos to look good. Part of that was trying to convince the audience that network connectivity was OK, despite us…


Xperf Xpertise vs WDIServiceHost

Mark at AskPFEPlat digs into an Xperf startup trace and talks through identification of normal vs abnormal: In the past, I briefly talked about using the XPERF Services pane and on which to focus, but my guidance lacked clear and concise direction. So let me take another swing at this. First, install XPERF and pull…


Howto: Boot tracing for Windows 7 (so it’s right the first time)

Perf PFE Jeff Stokes provides some simple steps that should produce a good boot trace for a Windows 7 machine. 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…


RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a sort-of-gaming PC set up next to that,…

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Managing Microsoft BitLocker in the Enterprise

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In my previous posts I introduced the concept of BitLocker and talked about managing the Trusted Platform Module, now let’s talk about how we can enforce policy to ensure clients are indeed encrypting their system and data volumes.  In this post I will discuss some of…