windows 7

Event – People Centric IT

Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :)).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

Whole Disk .WIM backup using SCCM 2012 R2

Players, Recently I needed to provide my client with a little confidence in OSD around what was possible with backups … there was some fear over users data etc … so I needed to lay down the Iron Curtain … the task was simple and yet politically complex as they needed to capture certain users entire disk drives for many uninteresting reasons… Now, we have a few options available to us when it comes to SCCM, we could use witchcraft enchantment spells called hard-link and create a state-store (USMT) that holds the data inside a folder on the C Drive. Or we could summon the powers of the State Migration Points and keep data in users profiles for a certain period of time in hardware replacement scenarios. But what if all you need is to capture everything in one go? Easy, here’s how and it will take you about 10 minutes to set…

SCCM 2012 – Cutomizing Windows lock screen

Hi All, today i’ll talk about how to customize the Windows Lock Screen as well as the user/guest picture via OS Deployment (read as Task Sequence) it is really easy. the way i do is always copy the files i need to have on the client machine after the apply os and before the setup windows using robocopy. if you want to know how to do this, check my post about robocopy and task sequence here anyway, the problem is simple, which file and copy where… there are 4 files responsible for the user picture as well as picture. yes, that picture you see when you log on to a machine while typing your username/password. These files (user.bmp, user.png, guest.bmp and guest.png) should be put under c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures See here for more information Now that you customized the icon, this is what you’ll see when trying to log on…

Error 401 while connecting to DP

Hi All, During a new build of a test machine using Windows 7 SP1 x64, we had a requirement to add the machine to a workgroup instead of domain. At 1st, it was really easy task, we duplicated the existing and working task sequence and changed the domain information to add to a workgroup instead of a domain and started testing. For our surprise, it failed. On IIS logs, I could see that client (on a WinPE) tried to download the wim file and fails (access denied). Once fail, it connects using the Network Access Account and download worked fine. it applied the wim file and download extra packages without any issue. machine was rebooted and installed the client, once done, another reboot and try to install an app and it failed. looking at the datatransfer log we saw access denied (error 401) CAutoImpersonate::ImpersonateUser Sending PROPFIND request using URL http://SERVERFQDN:80/SMS_DP_SMSPKG$/Content_b8f4d18c-2364-4226-8857-06c0047724eb.1…

Path to Windows 7 – Part III. Application Compatibility

One of the main reasons why companies are delaying their migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 is the lack of compatibility with business critical applications, and sometime it can be a show stopper. There are a few tools and application delivery mechanism that can solve those issues. Now that we have a complete inventory and rationalized our applications with MAP and Centrix WorkSpace iQ, we are left with a list of application that will be delivered to the Windows 7 users. The next step is to assess the compatibility of those applications on Windows 7 and on the platform that will deliver the application. There are a few different options here. The first decision to make is “32 or 64 bit” version of Windows 7, this decision will imply changes on the application compatibility results. The recommended platform is 64 bit, and it is recommended to companies without a complex…

Share your connection through a virtual wireless Access Point with Windows 7

Windows 7 offers a very cool feature where you can connect multiple devices to any wired and wireless network connection (hotel, cable, 3G, UMTS, EDGE, WIFI, RJ45, Ethernet, etc.) by turning your own laptop into a wireless AP (Access Point) to relay those devices not directly connected to the internet. For this just enter these two commands to an elevated (right click on CMD.EXE, run as administrator): netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YOURFRIENDLYSSID key=SOMEPASSWORD netsh wlan start hostednetwork At this point, if Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is setup, anyone can connect to your SoftAP (if they know the PWD of course) and the traffic will be sent through whatever adapter you want. You can actually bridge it across an entirely different adapter… or the same on a different Wifi LAN. A GUI to set this up can be downloaded for free here:

TechDays Online UK 2011 – Windows 7 and Internet Explorer

  TechDays Online UK 2011 was a very interesting event. I had the pleasure to present 2 sessions, the first about Windows 7 as the best desktop experience and Why Internet Explorer is awesome for the Enterprise. All the recordings for TechDays are available at the TechNet UK Team Blog. I managed to re-encode my sessions so they can be uploaded to youtube. Enjoy and leave your feedback.   Find the link for the presentations on slideshare on this other post:

Path to Windows 7 – Part I. History and timeline

Windows 7 is now over 2 years old. October 22nd 2009 was the official release date for the OS that had the fastest adoption in history. A lot of lessons where learned over the last two years and I will go through a few of them on this blog. Windows XP is now over 10 years old. When it was launched DSL connections was barely available and Wi-Fi wasn’t even on the roadmap. The first Wi-Fi client for XP was introduced on SP1 and a decent client was delivered on SP2. It is also worth mentioning SP1a, when Microsoft removed Windows VM, the engine to run Java applications. Windows XP has great back then, but lacks great features introduced by Windows Vista and Windows 7. User experience is not great on XP, which used to stand for eXPerience, but now stands for eXPired. Windows XP extended support expires on April…

Microsoft Assessment and Planning – MAP Toolkit v6.5

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V. MAP helps make the following IT planning projects faster and easier: Migration to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Office 2010 Migration to Windows 7 compatible versions of Internet Explorer Migration to cloud-based services Server virtualization with Hyper-V SQL Server consolidation and migration to SQL Server 2008 R2 Assessment of current software usage and client access history for…

TechDays Online UK Presentations

Last Thursday, October 27th I had the pleasure to present 2 sessions at the Microsoft Techdays Online. On the first session I covered the enterprise features of Windows 7 and why it is a good time to migrate away from Windows XP.   Windows 7 The Best Desktop Experience View more presentations from David Nudelman On my session I talked about Why Internet Explorer 9 is awesome for the enterprise. Also had the opportunity to demo Cross-site scripting and Group Policies for IE. Why Internet Explorer 9 is awesome for the enterprise View more presentations from David Nudelman