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Random bits of (hopefully) useful technical information on Windows, with a focus on understanding and troubleshooting.

Exodus

My time at Microsoft has now come to an end, and I start my new job next month – meaning that this...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/14/2013

RDP8 + Ribbons + RemoteApp = Known Issue

If you have Windows 7 SP1 and install the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 update (KB2592687) then you...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 02/18/2013

SQL Server 2012 may fail to install on Windows Server 2012 under VMWare

I was recently asked if I knew of any reason for SQL Server failing to install if the one of the...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 02/11/2013

What is svchost.exe, and why do I have so many instances of it?

The Description field in the properties of svchost.exe is “Host Process for Windows Services”, and...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 11/08/2012

Support phases ending in the next 2 years

April 8th 2014 (2014-04-08) Windows XP - end of support - no more updates for this product -...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 08/05/2012

Windows 8 RTM 2012-08-01

OEMs now have the gold image for Windows 8, and there are some key dates in the coming month of...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 08/01/2012

Windows 8 / Server 2012 release dates announced

Over at the Windows Team Blog it was announced yesterday that RTM will be the first week in August,...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 07/10/2012

Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available for download

Windows 8 Release Preview is here. x86 and x64 ISO images available for download. Windows Server...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/31/2012

Windows Server 2012 (codename “8”) Beta Resources

Last month the official name of Windows Server “8” was confirmed as being Windows Server 2012, so...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/25/2012

Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy event 1502 not being logged after successful application of GPOs

Recently I encountered a customer who had several Windows 7 clients which initially had the symptom...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 01/24/2012

Available Updates for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) in Windows Server 2008 R2

KB2601888 is a comprehensive list of hotfixes applicable for W2K8R2 Remote Desktop Services, updated...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 01/18/2012

Q: When is System32 not System32?

A: When the question comes from a 32-bit process on a 64-bit version of Windows.   In 32-bit...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 11/22/2011

Script error ‘res://ieframe.dll/preview.js’ trying to print from Outlook 2003 in a TS/RDS session with IE9 installed

Update 2012-01-11: There is now a hotfix available for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 to address this...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 11/03/2011

Windows 8 Developer Preview

If you head on over to the Windows Dev Center, you can download the Developer Preview version of...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 09/14/2011

How does Last Known Good work?

There are a few places (including Windows Internals) which loosely describe the “Last Known Good”...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/25/2011

Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), Legacy Windows & 64-bit Windows Server

The Internet Printing role service in Windows Server 2008R2 is under the Print and Document Services...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/11/2011

Post-SP1 hotfixes recommended for W2K8R2 Hyper-V hosts

Here is a quick round-up of post-SP1 hotfixes that it is good to know about, if you are running...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/09/2011

RSAT Tools for Windows 7 SP1 now available

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) can now be downloaded so...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 04/08/2011

XP clients using RDC 7.0 & RD Gateway = no SSO

I have summarized in a previous blog the requirements for getting SSO to work on XP clients, but...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 02/24/2011

Service Pack 1 Has Landed (W2K8R2 / Windows 7)

Announced yesterday (2011-02-09): ”Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 will Release to...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 02/09/2011

User Profiles – Location, Location, Location

When a user logs on, regardless of whether they have a local, roaming, mandatory (or even no)...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 01/26/2011

Enabling CredSSP on XP SP3 clients via script

Following on from my previous blog entry, while the manual method is simple enough, and we could...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 12/21/2010

XP Clients, CredSSP, SSO, Connection Broker and other animals

Imagine the following scenario: DC01 is a Domain Controller for test.net with the Remote Desktop...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 12/16/2010

UAC Virtualization – Allowing standard users to update a system protected area

You should know the score by now – I install application FOO into “C:\Program Files\Foo Inc\Foo” and...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 08/11/2010

USER Account Control… but I’m an ADMIN!

User Account Control (UAC) has now been with us for almost 4 years, and still it is a mystery to a...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 08/06/2010

More info on SP1 for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2

Following on from my previous blog entry, there is now a public FAQ to address the questions being...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 07/21/2010

SCVMM Self-Service Portal

The Self-Service Portal is a web application provided as part of the System Center Virtual Machine...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 07/16/2010

View TS/RDS Configuration Remotely

Here is a VBScript which can be used to get the following information from a W2K, W2K3, W2K8 or...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 07/14/2010

GDR & LDR : The Next Generation

Following on from: GDR, QFE, LDR… WTH? Branching Out Service Packs – Levels vs Installers One of the...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 07/14/2010

Service Pack 1 BETA available for download for Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2

If you need to test the new RemoteFX or Dynamic Memory features in W2K8R2 RDS or Hyper-V...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 07/12/2010

Windows Server 2008R2 Server Core Installation & Setup Notes

After setting up a W2K8R2 “Server Core” Hyper-V host recently, I thought it a good idea to jot down...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 06/21/2010

Debugging Process Startup

Attaching a debugger to a hung process or one that is running that we can cause to crash through an...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 06/15/2010

Remote Desktop Client 7.0 KB979425 now available for Vista

KB979425 (A combo box item in a RemoteApp application is updated incorrectly when you connect by...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 06/09/2010

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 public beta ETA announced

Pop on over to the Windows Server Division Weblog for the detailed announcement, but the snippet of...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 06/09/2010

Batch Files – Basic Error Checking and Running as Scheduled Tasks

Batch files may be considered “old hat” by a lot of people (or a complete mystery to the younger...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 06/06/2010

Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 – What to expect from SP1?

Windows Service Packs are traditionally roll-up packages of hotfixes into a single, manageable...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/25/2010

Hyper-V VMs in a Lab Environment

Before I start, a note on “differencing disks”… these are .AVHD files which contain a list of the...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/25/2010

SCVMM Console-ation - Addendum

Update to my blog entry from March 30th, there is now a public KB article describing the issue....

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 05/16/2010

Trust what I say… but make sure you understand what I’m saying

As a general rule we trust software, to various degrees (based on its source, reputation of vendor,...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 04/25/2010

Printers in sandboxes

Previously I have described how the spooler process can fall over due to any 3rd party module loaded...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 04/13/2010

VDI Connection BrokeN?

There a couple of step-by-step guides available for setting up VDI deployments that are very good...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/31/2010

SCVMM Console-ation

The Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, other than being a mouthful to say and hence...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/30/2010

You U2U? Me too!

Windows Vista and 7 have a “Remote Assistance” feature where users can attempt to share control of...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/25/2010

Remote Desktop Services & WebSSO

With Windows Server 2008 R2 we introduced “Web Single Sign-On” (WebSSO) to eliminate some of the...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/22/2010

Avoid expansion if you’re snap-happy

Occasionally the purpose of snapshotting VMs in Hyper-V is misunderstood (and hence misused), and...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/03/2010

Q: When is a validity period not a validity period?

A: When it’s a Certificate Authority after Windows 2000.   Back Story… Those helpful chaps over...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/02/2010

The Browser Choice in Europe - Addendum

For those that wish/need to block the Browser Choice from being presented (for example in large...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/01/2010

Registry Marriage

“The Registry” is something most, if not all Windows users have heard of – but I would guess that...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 03/01/2010

The Browser Choice in Europe

Last year it was agreed with the European Commission (EC) to promote the existence of alternative...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 02/24/2010

Hyper-V VM State Dump Tool

vm2dmp is a newly released tool to create a complete memory dump of a Hyper-V virtual machine:...

Author: Paul Adams (ex-MSFT) Date: 02/03/2010

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