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Enabling .NET Framework 3.5 (before and after your install)

There is no doubt that Windows 8 relies on .NET Framework 4. But what about .NET Framework 3.5? Just on my machine, two of my daily tools require it (Advance Group Policy Management and VMware vSphere Client). To make matters worse, the source files are contained on media and not preloaded on your install!

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph - February 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

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Configuring iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

An article series on WindowsNetworking.com explains how to prepare your environment for Windows Server 2012-based iSCSI storage. The articles cover the configuration of the iSCSI Initiator feature and iSCSI Target Server role service, and how to configure and use the iSCSI Target Server and iSCSI Initiator features of Windows Server 2012.

Read more here – http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles-tutorials/windows-server-2012/configuring-iscsi-storage-part1.html

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - January 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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IE 8, time zone and USB video driver updates fail to install

At the end of September ’10 Microsoft released two recommended and one important Windows 7 updates that may fail to install automatically on Windows 7 Enterprise editions.

The most important update – Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2158563) resolves issues caused by revised daylight saving time and time zone laws in several countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2010. Microsoft recommends to deploy the most current Windows cumulative time zone update to guarantee the consistency of the time zone database on all systems.

Another failing update refers to the Compatibility View functionality of Windows Internet Explorer 8 – Update for Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2362765)
This Compatibility View List update helps make Web sites that are designed for older browsers look better in Internet Explorer 8. When users install Internet Explorer 8, they will be given a choice about opting-in to a list of sites that should be displayed in Compatibility View. After you install this item, you may have to restart Internet Explorer.

While the third failing update refers to the prevention of unexpected shutdowns or blue screens when you are using a USB video device. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. – Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB979538)

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - October 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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Disk Partitions

In Windows 7 systems we find two different partitioning systems. These are the Master Boot Record (MBR) and the Globally Unique Identifier Partition Table (GPT) styles. While MBR is supported by all versions of Windows, GPT is only supported on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Servers 2003 and 2008, and 64-bit versions of Windows XP. GPT offers several advantages over MBR such as, it can support up to 128 partitions while MBR supports only four, GPT is more reliable as it is aware of the modern disks geometries, GPT supports larger partitions – up to 18 Exabytes in theory and uses primary & backup partition tables for redundancy.

When using GPT partitions it is worth noting that larger partition sizes can have side-effects such as, take longer to check (running ChkDsk) and they are not compatible with all operating systems! Also, to boot from a GPT disk, the computer must support the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). Remember, that all BIOS based systems must boot from an MBR disk. Removable media cannot be partitioned with the GPT style.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - October 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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Image deployment from a Network Share

This method of deployment is ideal for SMBs since its implementation is very straight forward and inexpensive as the main requirement is some storage space. This involves an installation of a reference computer (user/department configuration), creating a bootable client (Windows PE) and capturing the image onto a network share. Whenever, you need to install a new or reformatted computer system, you just need to push the image from the network share to that machine 🙂

Windows PE environment

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - March 9, 2010 at 1:29 am

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Creating a Windows PE boot disk

Windows PE enables you to boot a computer directly into memory (RAM Drive) and run various tools such as, deployment and recovery ones! To create a bootable Windows PE CD or DVD media and install the ImageX Windows WAIK tools perform the following steps:

Before proceeding further, I recommend you to Compress and Decompress your most popular archives with WinTar application!

  1. Install Windows AIK tools on your computer
  2. From ALL Programs\Windows AIK open the Deployment Tools Command Prompt
  3. Create a local Windows PE build directory as follows:
    copype.cmd <architecture> <destination>
    where <architecture> can be x86 for Windows 32-bit environment, amd64 for 64-bit (including Intel 64-bit processors) and ia64 for Intel Itanium architecture
    while <destination> is the path to a local directory
    copype.cmd x86 c:\winpe_x86   –> for the 32bit env or copype.cmd amd64 c:\winpe_amd64   –> for the 64bit env
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10 comments - What do you think?  Posted by George - February 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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Creating an answer file

An answer file gives you the control to perform an unattended installation, that is, the installation process is provided with the answers in a script file instead of having someone attending to it! You can for example, configure passwords, set default Internet Explorer settings, accepting a EULA, etc… The answer file should contain all the settings (answers) required during an installation.

Before proceeding further, I recommend you to Compress and Decompress your most popular archives with WinTar application!

To create an answer file, you use the Windows SIM utility found in Windows AIK by following these steps: Read more…

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - February 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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