Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop/Terminal Server DPI Changes

We were having a problem where our users couldnt change the font scaling on their own. The options were greyed out and unusable (even as an administrator). For many months there were discussions on various forums about it. We had another user ask about it recently so I decided to see if there were any […]

Filed under: Microsoft, Xenapp | Posted on February 15th, 2013 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Adding a network location to Music Library in Windows 8

I was trying to figure out how to get my network location of music indexed and used in Win8. I tried a bunch of different things I found on the net, and nothing seemed to work. Then I stumbled upon a solution. First is to set the location of your “My Music” folder to your […]

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on September 12th, 2012 by CharlieMaurice | 1 Comment »

Change Volume License Key on Windows 8

Another quick post here. After installing windows 8 you may need to change the activation key. There is no place in the UI to just click and enter it that I can find. I had to drop to an elevated command prompt and type in “slui 3” without the quotes to get the box to […]

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on September 10th, 2012 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Automating DCOM permissions for Remote Assistance (for use with Xenapp) using GPO’s

Im in the process of setting up our new Xenapp 6.5 environment, and I needed to figure out how to use a GPO to apply the dcom permissions for Remote Assistance usage in Xenapp to replace shadowing (the article I mentioned it was here: http://www.charliemaurice.com/?p=60 Second Paragraph). Today I sat down and figured it out. […]

Filed under: Microsoft, Xenapp | Posted on December 15th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | 1 Comment »

How to get users with old passwords

We needed to find out who hasnt changed their password since 4/1/2007 (I know, for political reasons we cant force changes regularly).  So after doing some digging in the technet whitepages, I came up with this little command line: dsquery user -stalepwd 1639 -limit 0 | dsget user -samid -mustchpwd -disabled > oldpw.txt So for […]

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on September 26th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

15 Useful and Free Microsoft Tools

Found this article and thought it was good to share.  Some are utilities you know and love, but the first one I hadnt heard of before ( Windows System Control Center ).  Check them out:  http://www.itworld.com/data-centerservers/183005/15-incredibly-useful-and-free-microsoft-tools-it-pros

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on July 18th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Updating OSD WinPE boot images in SCCM to be 4k aware

I finally updated my winpe 3.0 boot images to be 4k aware as all our new machines have the new 512e drives in them. If you are using the 3.1 boot images, you are already set.  The process was actually really painless. Here are the directions I followed: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff794819.aspx and here are the hotfixes that […]

Filed under: Microsoft, SCCM | Posted on June 17th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (KB2416472) Stuck at 66% downloading using SCCM

Well this one has plagued us for a couple of weeks. Took a while to track down. Turns out that when you initially deploy this, it only downloads 2/3 packages (hence why it gets stuck at 66%). You can confirm this by finding the update (either in the update list, search folder, deployment, where ever…I […]

Filed under: Microsoft, SCCM | Posted on June 3rd, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Debugging Blue Screens (BSOD)

We have been having troubles with our xenapp 6 farm randomly going into a vicious reboot cycle. Nearly all of the farm will just start rebooting itself. In the event log was a 3b bluescreen which is pretty unhelpful by itself. In order to find the culprit, I needed to run windbg. Its actually very […]

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on May 12th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

FEP 2010 UNC Updates

Ive been playing around with FEP 2010 to replace SEP eventually.  The biggest issue I had was getting definitions out through SCCM since you cant auto-approve (fixed in SCCM 2012). *I should probably note it IS possible, however you have to go against the “never touch the wsus console” recommendation, so I didnt want to use […]

Filed under: FEP, Microsoft, SCCM | Posted on April 26th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

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