This little utility installs the IE8 GPO settings on your domain controller so that the IE8 GPO settings are available for you to populate throughout your hierarchy. Distribute it using your favorite software distribution app, or install directly on the domain controller that houses the GPMC.
Download: IE8 GPO Installation
Installation developed with SMS Installer.
When you click a link on some web sites to do things like create reports, generate stats in file formats (Excel, PDF, etc.) the link redirects to a generated download, i.e., the download doesn’t come from the specific site where the link resides. This can cause the download or report generation to fail. And, there will be no error message – IE8 will act like its working, even open a pop-up window briefly, but then just return to the original web site screen.
You can add the site to the list of for Compatibility View, turn off the pop-up blocker, but the link will still fail.
Users will curse IE8, saying that IE8 broke their favorite web sites but there’s a quick fix.
- Click Tools-Internet Options.
- Click on the Security tab.
- With the Internet zone selected, click the Custom Level… button.
- Navigate down to the Downloads section and find the Automatic prompting for file downloads option.
- Enable this option and the web links will start working. You may have to close IE8 and reopen it in some cases.
If you’re upgrading to Windows 7 RC on your computer (instead of the recommended “start from scratch and migrate data and apps”) you may find that your Windows Mobile device will no longer connect after the upgrade. This was a reported problem during Windows 7 beta, but it looks like the issue still exists in the RC of Windows 7.
To fix the problem…
- Disconnect your device for your PC.
- From the Start Menu open the Control Panel.
- Select Hardware and Sound and then Device Manager.
- Connect your device to you PC. The associated driver will show up (appear before your eyes) under Network adapter.
- Right-click on the driver and select Uninstall.
- After the driver uninstalls, disconnect your device.
- After about 5 seconds, reconnect your device and WMDC will now recognize your device and the driver installation will be successful.
For any move to a newer Windows operating system, you’re are going to want to do a clean installation and then migrate your files and apps. That’s the recommendation.
However, some may be inclined to just do an in-place upgrade. It happens.
I did an in-place upgrade yesterday from Windows Vista to Windows 7 RC and all of the items in START-All Programs disappeared!
Apparently, there’s a bug or limitation to how many Program items can be displayed in the Windows 7 RC All Programs spot. If you have over 80 items prior to the upgrade none of them will show up afterwards.
The fix is to consolidate or delete Program items from the list until it is under 80 items. But, how do you get to the Program items to do this?
- Click on the Start button.
- Right-click on All Programs.
- Choose Open All Users.
- Open the Programs folder.
- Move listed items into other folders, or delete items in the list until the number of items is under 80.
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If you want to query remote computers' WMI properties on your network using PowerShell, this quick GPO setting can open the proper ports on the remote workstations.
Creating a new GPO at the domain level:
- Under the Local Computer Policy heading, double-click Computer Configuration.
- Double-click Administrative Templates, Network, Network Connections, and then Windows Firewall.
- If the computer is in the domain, then double-click Domain Profile; otherwise, double-click Standard Profile.
- Click Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception.
- On the Action menu, select Properties.
- Click Enable, and then click OK.
Use this tip to print an entire worksheet even if a print area has been defined.
- Click the Office button.
- Click Print.
- In the Print what section, select the Ignore print areas check box.
Use this PowerShell script to learn about a laptop's battery status.
Copy and paste from between the lines.
$computer = "LocalHost"
$namespace = "root\WMI"
Get-WmiObject -class BatteryStatus -computername $computer -namespace $namespace
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Chapter 3: Type System
Chapter 4: Programmability
Chapter 5: Storage
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Chapter 7: Business Intelligence Enhancements
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This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
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It used to be, in all cases, a vendor who wanted to advertise their wares or services would pay for ad spaces on other sites. Well, I think I’ve found the first exception to the rule.
You know those obtrusive ads we all hate, where you jump to a web site to read an article but are confronted with a Advertising Splash page – where you can’t access the content until you either a) click on the ad, or b) click the “Skip this Ad” link?
I just dropped out to ScriptLogic’s web site to check on something, and was confronted with the following screen:
Looks like ScriptLogic is taking the same approach that many other content sites are taking. I’d be interested to know if it works in this case.
Beta 1 is available for download from the following link:
Windows Live Writer for Windows Mobile - Home
WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC Overview
New Windows Server and Client Version Support
· Integration with Windows Server® 2008 R2
· Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2
· Support for Windows 7 client
WSUS Feature Improvements
· Auto-approval rules now include the ability to specify the approval deadline date and time for all computers or specific computer groups.
Update Files and Languages
· Improved handling of language selection for downstream servers includes a new warning dialog that appears when you decide to download updates only for specified languages.
· WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be installed as an in-place upgrade from earlier versions of WSUS and will preserve all of your settings and approvals. The user interface is compatible between WSUS 3.0 SP1 and SP2 on the client and the server.
· New Update and Computer Status reports provide the ability to filter on updates approved for installation. You can run these reports from the WSUS console or use the API to incorporate this functionality into your own reports.
· Stability and reliability fixes for the WSUS server, such as support for IPV6 addresses greater than 40 characters.
· The approval dialog now sorts computer groups alphabetically by group name.
· Computer status report sorting icons are now functional in x64 environments.
· Fixed setup issues with database servers running Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008.
· A new release of Windows Update Agent is included with WSUS 3.0 SP2 that provides improvements and fixes, such as support for APIs called by non-local system callers in a non-interactive session.
For more information about this release refer to the Release Notes for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 RC.
KB968082 - Error message when you add an agent assignment rule in the System Center Operations Manager 2007 if an Active Directory domain name begins with a numeric digit: "XSD verification failed for management pack"
KB971410 - List of issues that are fixed in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
KB971406 - The wrong parameters may be passed and the Service Level Objective Detail report displays information for the wrong service level in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
KB971504 - Support for running System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 on a Windows Server 2008-based computer
KB971233 - The console shows customized subscriptions after you upgrade to System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 from System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1
MMS was a few short weeks ago, and the System Center Config Mgr UX research team learned so much from the sessions and attendees that we had the opportunity to speak with. We really appreciate your interest and offer to participate in a survey we are developing to learn more about the users of our product, such as your background, job responsibilities, the challenges you encounter and even the organizational “climate” of your workplace. The survey is designed to take approximately 40-45 minutes to complete (yes, it is pretty comprehensive!), but if you complete it and provide us with your true thoughts and experiences, you will be rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing you helped us better understand our Configuration Manager users…..and one person will be rewarded with an Xbox 360!
The survey will be ready for distribution during the first week of June, so please stay tuned…..and, if you know any other system-administrators who use SMS/SCCM07 that would be interested in taking part in the study, please pass along my email address and I will include them in the distribution list. We are still in need of more participants.