Windows 7 Template Creation Error

I tried to create a Windows 7 template in SCVMM and it kept failing, but it would not give me an error message, it would just fail.  I did some digging around and found that sysprep was failing with an error –2147024864.  I kept digging and found that in the RC of Windows 7, this…


Why is our Licensing so Complicated?

I often ask myself why our licensing has to be so hard to figure out.  I heard a great quote this week while I’ve been in our semi-annual training and I thought I’d share it. We don’t have anyone that wakes up and says “How can I make <insert item here> more complicated”. I got…


Extend your Server 2003 Active Directory Schema for Windows Vista and Server 2008

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include additional group policy settings that give the administrator more granular management of their user’s workstations.  To leverage these new configuration items, the schema of a Server 2003 Active Directory forest must be upgraded to a Server 2008 schema.  You can upgrade your schema without installing Server 2008.  We…


Improve your Virtual Machine Performance

One of my peers just purchased a very impressive server class machine.  He’s really proud of it, and he should be!  He has 2 quad core CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 2 TB of Disk space.  He built this machine to be a virtualization monster, so once he got it up and running, he created an…

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What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2.  BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.  Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker.  BitLocker drives can be…


How big Should PageFile.sys be on a Server 2008 Hyper-V Server?

I received the following question: Thanks for the article.  What do you do about your host system’s pagefile?  I’m thinking more about size.  Do you leave the default?  I have a 16GB system and 12GB of that is allocated to VMs.  Do I size the host pagefile for the whole 16GB or just for the…

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Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation

  During the IT Pro Conference, someone asked if they could eliminate the UAC (and the local administrator requirements) just for printer driver installations on Windows Vista machines.  Printer Drivers are the most difficult issue when it comes to removing the requirement for local administrator access to a machine.  I’ve monkeyed with  this a little,…


Let’s answer a few questions…

I saw this post: http://ts2blogs.com/forums/p/2624/81847.aspx#81847  and thought I would take a shot a few of the questions.   Is forefront compatible with vista? If you are talking about Forefront Client Security, yet is works great with Windows Vista Where can I get a copy of IIS which is compatible with Virtual Server Enterprise 2005 R2…


Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider…

We’ve already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008.  If there’s interest, I’ll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me know. RMS – allows you to encrypt your data while…