Windows 7 Archives

  1. Understanding the importance of Containerisation and Docker

    For those who have worked with open-source technologies for some time would know that containerisation of apps and services is not a new concept. I was first introduced to the concept of virtual containers when Parallels formally known as ‘SWsoft’ and now called ‘Odin’ first released a product called Virtuozzo which provided a virtualisation technology that enabled operating system virtualisation. This was a platform…

  2. What is the Update KB3035583 you might ask?

    We all get confused by some of the non-specific information Microsoft puts out on the knowledge base when it comes to documenting patches issued through its Windows Update service. Sometimes the generalisations made on security fixes for privately reported vulnerabilities are made on purpose. This is to keep some integrity on the actually attack vector patched or so that particular technical…

  3. How to manage Windows 8 User Profiles when a user moves between Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers

    Windows 8 Metro Interface Start Screen

    This article might help clear up any confusion with challenges the new Windows 8 User Profile format presents with regards to backwards-compatibility issues when supporting users who still have a Windows 7-based system and now have a new Windows 8-based device simultaneously. Obviously due to the new Windows 8 profile format, this will produce headaches for System Administrators who may…

  4. SharePoint 2010 Server: Security Token Service stops working after installing KB 2756920

    Last week a SharePoint 2010 Server farm I manage stopped working, I could browse the Central Administration site collection but none of the other site collections would load. All of them would trigger a generic SharePoint error dialog and not let you go any further. Essentially the farm was broken, looking into the problem I found that the Security Token…

  5. Tips for developing hardware independent images

    I am just filing this article for later reference and anyone else who might find it useful. When using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager for Operating System deployment and image management your primary aim is to create an operating system image that is hardware independent or otherwise known as a golden image. This term refers to the…

  6. Tips for customising and managing User Profiles for network-based users

    In this article I would like to share a set of steps and tips for managing a standardised profile and how to implement a template that network-based users can use when logging-on to a Windows-based workstation or server. Most of these tips have come from back in Windows NT4.0/2000 era, I think it’s worth sharing these tips as they are still valuable in knowing…

  7. Solution for hidden or obsolute devices after doing a P2V or V2V conversion in VMware or Hyper-V

    When doing a Physical-to-Virtual (P2v) or a Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) migration of a Windows-based Operating System to either a VMware or Hyper-V based host you may find that some hardware devices are left installed in the virtual machine after the process completes, this is particularly true for Network Adapters. Following documentation and best practices by normally removing integration tools and device…

  8. SCCM 2007: Setting the drive letter during an Operating System Task Sequence

    This is a quick post; primarily for my notes so that I can refer back to later. I recently was having some trouble getting the partition/format drive step in an OS Task Sequence to label the primary system drive as “C”, so after some reading of the TechNet documentation on supported variables that can be…

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