One of the more easier ways of speeding up your WinPE boot times via PXE are changing the default TFTP server which comes with Altiris. First of all, open up the PXE Configuration Manager and disable Multicast since the WinPE image cannot be transferred over Multicast anyway(only DOS supports Multicast via TFTP). This simple tweak … Continue reading "Speeding up LAN based Automation OS boot times using a Custom TFTP Server for Altiris (for WinPE and Linux)"
Recently, the clocks on my home networked PCs began drifting off sync until the difference was around 30 minutes. At first i thought that my SBS server was no longer synching with time.windows.com (the default time server for windows). After a quick look at the event log, I could see that it was syncing correctly … Continue reading "How to set (and change) an NTP time source in Windows Server 2008 R2 (SBS 2011 and Vanilla Server)."
A few weeks ago I installed an SSD drive in my home PC. For some reason up until tonight I never checked what the Sata mode was set to in the bios. It was set to IDE. Usually when changing the storage mode in the bios requires a reformat as windows will no longer boot. … Continue reading "How to Switch from IDE to AHCI without repairing/reinstalling Windows"
One of the anoyances I’ve had when installing Visual Studio 2010 is the removal of the user information bit when accepting the License Agreement, this was useful but is now automated and the installer retrieves details from Windows itself. After a fresh install of Windows 7 (with SP1 and it still needed updates afterwards) I … Continue reading "Changing the Registered User Details for Visual Studio 2010"
Sometimes when installing software, I get an error during the installation of either the .Net framework or the Visual C Runtimes. This error, Error 1934. An error occurred during the instllation of assembly … will prevent the installation from being successfull, furthurmore after many hours of searching, many of the fixes listed around the web … Continue reading "Fixing Error 1935. An error occurred during the installation of assembly errors."
One of the little things with the have annoyed me since I’ve started using the RSAT tools in Windows is the fact that there is no easy way to manage Exchange. Sure I can install the Exchange Management Pack and use that, but like most admin’s AD Users and Computers is open just about all … Continue reading "Exchange Management with AD Users when using RSAT for Windows 7"
For our new roll out next year, we are deploying Microsoft Office 2010 and using KMS as our licensing method. Througthe use of sysprep’s generalize command, Windows will flush its Activation Status and associated hardware ID as well as rearming the activation state to its fresh install state (grace period). With the introduction of Office … Continue reading "Office 2010 and Windows Sysprep Adventures"
Occasionally you need to get something done on a remote computer (or a clients computer) but the computer doesn’t have an easy way for you to connect to it. Luckily, if you have admin rights to the remote computer, you can still connect without needing to turn on remote desktop before hand. To do that … Continue reading "Remotely enable Remote Desktop to connect to a remote PC"
Depending on your imaging method some clients may not show up on your WSUS console, and refuse to check for updates. Since starting my new job I’ve seen this occur on machines which have been imaged with a non-sysprepped image. I quickly whipped up a script to reset some settings and forcing the machine to … Continue reading "Fix client machines not appearing in WSUS Console"
Sometimes when deploying computers in our organisation, they don’t see our KMS server and automatically activate (even though they are told to do so via our unattend.xml). 9 times out of 10 it’s the client itself having issues just talking to your KMS server. To check and see if you can contact it, you can … Continue reading "Check to see if your KMS can be contacted"