Charting with PowerShell

You may be aware that there are some 3-rd party add-ins for PowerShell that allow you to create charts and graphs from your PowerShell scripts.  What you may not be aware of is that there is a free download from Microsoft that will allow you to do the same.  The Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft…

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Protecting Removable Drives with Bitlocker

In a recent post, I explained how easy it was to use Bitlocker to secure your drives in a dual-boot scenario with Windows Vista and Server 2008.  Following this I had some discussions with colleagues about how to securely backup copies of the files from the encrypted drive.  Specifically, how to create a portable copy…

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Programming Hyper-V with WMI and C# – Getting Started

You may have seen from a recent post that I received a new laptop that was capable of running Hyper-V.  Well, it’s all fully installed and working, so I thought I might blog about it a bit.  There are plenty of existing blogs on Hyper-V, so I thought I might take a slightly different tack…

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(Virtually) Everything You Need to Know About Hyper-V

Following on from my post last year on general virtualisation resources, here is a similar one just for Hyper-V.  Enjoy! Note:  Thanks to my colleague, Tushar, who sent some of these links around to our team recently. Official Hyper-V Web Sites Hyper-V Homepage Hyper-V TechCenter Getting Started with Hyper-V Top Ten Reasons to Adopt Hyper-V…

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Vista, Server 2008 and the Case of the Bitlocker Dual Boot

This week, I received my shiny new work laptop, which I’d been anticipating for some time.  Normally, I’m not much of a hardware geek and don’t get overly excited with new kit, but I was really looking forward to this as it is 64-bit and finally allows me to install Server 2008 and Hyper-V for…

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Manipulating Performance Monitor Logs

If you need to monitor or troubleshoot performance problems on a Windows system, chances are you’ll simply fire up PerfMon,  log some data to a file, which you later load in PerfMon for analysis.  This is great and is often all that you need, but it’s a bit of a passive use of the log…

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Viewing Your MSDN Product Keys Off-Line

If you have an MSDN subscription, then you’ll know that the subscription includes a set of product keys for use with the versions of Office, Windows, etc that your subscription gives you access to.  The keys can be viewed on-line at the MSDN subscriber site, but this isn’t great if you don’t have any network…

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Forcing Theme Settings in Windows Vista

Recently I was working with a customer to find a way to automate forcing a specific Aero theme in Windows Vista.  The idea was to have the Vista clients "colour-coded" according to their use; so whenever a user logs on the window border colour would indicate the type of system (which was actually based on…

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Service Security in Windows Vista

After a long break from blogging due to holidays and a heavy workload, I’ve finally got round to writing something new.  To follow on from my last post on File and Registry Virtualisation, I thought I’d take a look at another Vista security-related topic:  Service Security.  Services generally run with elevated privileges and are therefore very attractive targets for hackers…

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Windows Vista File and Registry Virtualisation

Windows Vista is designed to be more secure than previous versions of Windows. Part of the improvements are related to User Account Control (UAC), which encourages the good practice of not logging on with an Administrator account (and even if you do, it limits your available rights by default). While this is good for security,…

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