Right smack in the middle of the deployment roadshow talking about deploying Windows 7. Tomorrow it is time for the fourth city (Linköping) and it will be our pleasure to announce that USMT 4.0 now finally migrates Office 2010 settings, as of a few hours ago. Download and install from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2023591 and follow the instructions for updating the USMT components if you ar eusing LiteTouch or ZeroTouch deployments.
Tag: Windows 7
This week has been really intensive with a 5 day course on depoying Windows 7, including the MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit). As always there were a lot of interesting discussions related to Internet Explorer, which many times casues problems when migrating to a later operating system. One of the major problems with IE migrations are that we have little control and historically had problems assessing the current IE, web apps or web browser status. The answer came a couple of nights ago, in the latest beta MAP.
MAP 5.5 beta brings the possibility to inventory for which IE and third party browsers that are used in your organization, which default browsers are set but you will also see all activex controls and browser helper objects are being used, including a count number ith how many times for instance a particular activex control has been used. This is some really great information that will for sure help us in the migrating process when deploying Windows 7.
Get your hands on the beta from Microsoft Connect.
In Windows you might know that a lot of services do not run as separate processes, instead many of them are actually run within the famous svchost.exe processes. To see this in action just go to a cmd.exe and type “tasklist /svc” and it will list all processes and subprocesses. It might look like:
svchost.exe AeLookupSvc, Appinfo, AppMgmt, BITS, Browser, CertPropSvc, gpsvc, IKEEXT, iphlpsvc, LanmanServer, MMCSS, ProfSvc, Schedule, SENS, SessionEnv, ShellHWDetection, Themes, Winmgmt, wuauserv
If you need to do some troubleshooting or investigate something related to a certain process that is running with other services you can split this service to make in run in its own process. This is done by using the command:
sc.exe config servicename wuauserv type= own
Which in this case makes sure that the Windows Update service (wuauserv) will be run in its own process, for you to troubleshoot. Set it back to its original setting by changing “own” to “share” in the above command. You can find more information about this in KB934650.
Remote Server Administration Tools is great when you want to administer your servers from your Windows 7 clients. If you are using ADUC (Active Directory Users and Computers) you might have noticed that you are missing some tabs when you choose Properties for a user account? The solution is to be found here!
This afternoon I held a chat about Windows 7 hosted by the Swedish MSN website. The chat was in Swedish and I have now put the transcript up for everyone to enjoy at my Swedish Windows site.
I’ve received a question on why Microsoft stopped supporting the old way of making changes to the default user profile in Windows 7. As you might already know the only supported way to make changes to the default user profile is to make them with a local user account and then sysprep the image with an answer file containing CopyProfile=TRUE.
The question or should I say problem is that the user in question find it ineffective to make changes to the default user profile, by installing the image to a machine then make the changes and once again to sysprep and capture the image.
Fortunately there is a much more effective way to make changes (though unsupported). Just mount the image using imagex or dism, and then add or remove the files you want. If you want to change some settings they most likely stored in the registry so then you can just start the regedit.exe utility as usual and then mount the ntuser.dat file within the image to make the changes and when done just applying the changes and you are done!
If you use the Office Live Meeting client you have surely noticed that it does not support Windows Aero. Thanks to Brian McCann for the solution to enable Aero when using Live Meeting. Great!
When teaching a Windows 7 course some time ago I was asked why shared folders often are not displayed in Windows Explorer as being shared. Well, the reason for this bug is still unknown but at least there is now a solution available, se KB article KB2291175. This fix will be included in service pack 1.
Ever tried logging in with a local user account to a Windows 7 machine wondering what the heck the computer name is? Simply type:
and the password to login. This will login you in with a local account to the machine. Simple as that! :)
I have experienced this problem a few times and there is now a hotfix for a problem with mapping and accessing DFS shares with Windows 7 clients. Hotfix can be requested from Microsoft Support. Basically you get “An unpexcted network error occured” or a couple of other issues and cannot access the DFS share. Patch and make the problem go away.