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  • Windows 7 beta exam results came back positive

    Posted on June 30th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    As i wrote in the beginning of May I took the “70-680 Windows 7, Configuring” exam and today I saw the score. It came back positive! :)

  • Problem logging into computers using SBS 2008 RWW?

    Posted on June 28th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    A few months ago I did some troubleshooting on Remote Web Workplace in Small Business Server 2008. The problem was with users being able to login to the RWW portal but when they tried to authenticate to their computer or Terminal Server via the Remote Web Workplace they just couldn’t login to the machines.

    The simple solution to this problem was to activate Windows Authentication on the RPC virtual site of SBS Applications in the Internet Information Services Manager console.

    The reason I am writing this is that some time ago I helped another user which experiences the same problem and if you ever encounter it you now know what to do to solve it.

  • Easier GPO management using filtering

    Posted on June 25th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    The number of group policy settings that you can use to fine tune your client and server computers are constantly growing. The more settings there are the harder it is to find them. Therefore the option “All settings” in the Group Policy Manager in Windows Vista SP1 and later and Windows 7 is a pleasure. But the best part is that you can filter out and only show polices related to exactly what you are looking for, example only settings that contain “DNS” to see settings only related to DNS.

    Start gpedit.msc or the full Group Policy manager which is a part of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and go to Computer Configuration > (Policies >) Administrative templates and click “All settings”. Right click anywhere in the right pane to filter out only settings that you are interested in.

  • Last minute changes to the RDP protocol in Windows 7

    Posted on June 23rd, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    As Windows 7 RTM is closing in really fast the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services team (formerly Terminal Services team) has announced that there are some last minute changes to the RDP protocol and that some code that was in the Windows 7 pre-RTM build is left out from the RTM code. Specifically this is related to DirectX 10.1 applications and instead of rendering those apps on the client these are in the Windows 7 RTM builds (and Windows Server 2008 R2) rendered on the host.

    Other new features in the Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 RDP protocol such as playing high definition videos in Media Player and it being rendered on the client is still there, along with other optimizations and tweaks are still there to provide a significantly better RDP experience than in previous versions of Windows.

    Source: RDS blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/2009/06/19/changes-to-remoting-model-in-rdp-7.aspx

  • Drivers for old Soundblaster cards in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

    Posted on June 22nd, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + 3 comments

    A problem when Windows Vista was released some years ago was the fact that Creative wasn’t too “creative” to create drivers for older Soundblaster cards. This is where the kX Project comes in as it provides drivers for most older Soundblaster audio cards in newer operating systems.

    But why on earth do I mention this now that Vista has ben out for a few years? Well the reason is that I’ve heard of users (some of which totally skipped Vista) that are testing Windows 7 on older machines and does not find a driver for their Creative Soundblaster audio card.

    If you are looking for a Windows Vista och Windows 7 driver for your Soundblaster range of audio card go to http://www.kxproject.com.

    EDIT: URL updated.

  • Prepare for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Posted on June 17th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + 1 comment

    So Windows 7 RTM is really close now and Microsoft has just released the new Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 beta. The new MAP toolkit has some really nice features and besides from doing an inventory of your entire environment to prepare your clients and servers for upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 respectively  you can now get an inventory of VMware Server hosts and guests as well as virtualization candidates for Hyper-V Server R2. Download MAP 4.0 beta from Microsoft Connect and see some great reports on if and how the hardware will be able to run Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Install Windows client and server without product key

    Posted on June 16th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    I just want to share a quick tip about something really smooth that many IT staff seems to be unaware of. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 introduced the fact that you can install it without entering a product key. This was later introduced in Windows XP (with service pack 3 slipstreamed) and also later Windows Server 2003 R2 media. Nothing about this changes for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. So to sum it up you can install all current as well as coming operating systems without entering a product key and you will then have up to 30 days to enter it.

  • Restore permissions on objects in Active Directory

    Posted on June 14th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    Some time ago I had the unfortunate job to do some manual cleaning of an old and since long disconnected (and not decommissioned) Exchange Server in Active Directory using adsiedit.msc and this is not something one want to do I can promise you. Anyway during the testing phase I had to make sure that certain keys and values in adsiedit.msc were safe to be deleted and to accomplish this I removed all permissions on the keys to make sure that no one could read the information. You might think that restoring the permissions on objects in adsiedit.msc is the same as the management with file and folders but that is not the fact.

    Instead use the command DSACLS to control the access control lists of Active Directory objects and run for example the following command to let the group Everyone get full permission on the object “First administrative group”.

    DSACLS "CN=First Administrative Group,CN=Administrative groups,CN=CONTOSO,
    CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=CONTOSO,DC=LOCAL"
    /G Everyone:GA

    Beware when working in adsiedit.msc and be very certain about what you are doing before deleting stuff. Sometimes just removing all permissions on objects is the best way because then you can always use the above command to restore permission to the object(s).

  • User group for Swedish Windows users

    Posted on June 10th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    It has existed for a couple of months but now all the pieces are starting to come together and therefore I am now officially announcing the Swedish Windows User Group. If you work with Windows client (or server) operating system and is interested in learning more and have glimpses at new technology and get some tips & tricks this user group is for you! Virtual Office Live Meetings are held regularly and starting this fall there will be physical gatherings with demos and presentations. You are more than welcome to join and do so at www.swewinug.se.

  • Fool a web site into thinking you are another browser or OS

    Posted on June 8th, 2009 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    Some time ago I wanted to see a soccer game via Canal Digitals web service but as I am running Windows 7 on my Media Center connected to my TV the web service discovered this and did not let me play this using Windows Media Player and instead offered me to view it in Flash format. Viewing the game in Flash format really wasn’t the best in quality and as I and my co-watchers discovered the game was more or less unwatchable.

    In halftime I had the time to do the necessary corrections to fool the web service into presenting itself as another operating system and Internet Explorer version. This made the Windows Media stream instantly and not to mention with much better quality. This is done easilty by changing the so called user agent string which is a string which presents certain information such as OS, web browser and version and some more info.

    If you want to change the user agent string and fool a web site or service into thinking it is something it is not you can do this using one of the registry fixes found at http://www.enhanceie.com/ua.aspx.