Windows To Go and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 better together – part 3

So now that we have prepared our IronKey device, prepared the Task Sequence Media and Windows To Go package we can have a look at the provisioning of IronKey with Windows To Go. What we need to do is to change the Task Sequence to enable BitLocker and we need to deploy the package so that we eventually are able...

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Samsung Chronos 7 Laptop Bricked?

I’ve heard of mobile phones getting bricked, mostly iPhones when you jailbreak them but never heard of a laptop getting bricked. Well I have one right here, a Samsung Chronos 7, enabled UEFI and installed Windows 8, second time Windows 8 has gone on this laptop, after the first reboot it completes BIOS initialization then reboots immediately, no OS load,...

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 now supports Windows Embedded 8 and App-V 5.0 SP1

Late Friday evening (May 3, 2013), Microsoft provided some updated application support information for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1.  Per the post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 now supports Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Service Pack 1. Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1, and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1...

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Adobe celebrates Microsoft inclusion of Flash in IE10 by announcing a new security vulnerability

Hopefully, as Windows Update revs up everywhere, you already realize that, with the updates, Microsoft is enabling Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer 10 (Windows 8 and Windows RT).  You no longer need to install Flash separately, instead, Flash is now built into Internet Explorer 10.  I sense most of you doing a double-take on that statement, but it’s true. So,...

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Quickly create a SendTo option for SkyDrive in Windows 8

Here’s a cool tip.  I was messing around with the Windows 8 SendTo folder today to see what things I could add to provide additional value and save time.  For my desktop and also the Surface Pro I use the integrated SkyDrive app that gives me the ability to sync files back-and-forth so they can also be stored locally (in case...

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Start thinking about Deploying and Managing Windows 8

MSDN Channel Nine has a great (and short) video that starts talking about deploying and managing Windows 8 with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 as part of their Reimaging Windows series. Martin Booth, a Sr. Technical Product Manager, touches on Windows 8 application deployment, endpoint protection, operating system deployment, and managing/leveraging Windows 8 features like BitLocker pre-provisioning, always on/always connected, and Windows ToGo support....

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Giving the Microsoft Download Center a touchable face

Really nothing more than a pretty, Windows 8-like face put on an RSS feed, the Microsoft Download Center Checker app is still useful.  I usually just stick the RSS feed for the download center in a Windows 8 reader, like Discourse (still the best reader by the way), and monitor new downloads there.  But, this new app separates all the...

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Disabling the Windows Store for Windows 8

If you’re an organization that would like to better control what end-users are installing on their Windows 8 PCs, turning off access to the Windows Store is one tool in your arsenal.  There are numerous Enterprise App Stores available to implement to aid in software and licensing control, and to ensure your not troubleshooting end-user self-installation issues all the time....

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Windows 8 Winkey shortcuts

Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app Win + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options Win + D : launches the desktop Win + E : launches Explorer Win + F : opens the File Search pane Win + H : opens the Share pane Win + I...

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Turn your Microsoft Surface into an expensive desk clock

Is it a tablet, or a laptop?  A computer, or an expensive gadget?  Well, the Microsoft Surface is a little of everything, really, but can it replace your normal setup?  In certain situations, it definitely can.  For me, I travel with nothing else these days.  The Microsoft Surface is a great, light travel companion, allowing me to breeze through airport...

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