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  • Blog Post: Get Shiny with USMT: Turning the Aero Theme on During XP to Windows 7 Migration

    Ned here again. Today’s post is quick and dirty… and glossy! One thing users notice immediately about Windows 7 is the default Aero theme. Even if you‘re not a fan of eye candy, your users are – and in the end they run the show in most environments. Especially when their business...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 for TechNet and MSDN Subscribers

    Ned here. Come and get it... :) Press Release TechNet Subscribers MSDN Subscribers For all others, you'll have to wait until Friday. Oh the humanity. Just a quick reminder - unless you are part of TAP, TechBeta, or OEM Beta, you cannot get support for Windows 7 . If you don't know what those...
  • Blog Post: USMT 4.0: Cryptic Messages with Easy Fixes

    Ned here again. As you begin the process of moving off your older operating systems to Windows 7 you may end up using USMT 4.0 . With its powerful capabilities and intended audience of IT professionals, the tool can be unforgiving and often gives inscrutable messages. Today I’ll cover a few of...
  • Blog Post: Extended Validation support for websites using internal certificates

    Hey all Rob here again. One feature that that is new with Windows Server 2008R2 / Windows 7 is the ability to configure your internal certification authority hierarchy in order to issue certificates that can show as Extended Validation certificates. So for those of you who do not know, this means...
  • Blog Post: Global Object Access Auditing is Magic

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I mentioned this once in a Friday Mail Sack but today I circle around and explain a well-hidden security feature added in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Global Object Access Auditing Oh boy, auditing! I bet you are excited! What is it and how to enable it ...
  • Blog Post: USMT and /SF

    Hi all, Ned here again. I’ve seen an emerging issue with USMT that I need to address while our TechNet documentation is updated. If you are using USMT 4.0 for migrations from XP, this is required reading to avoid some very gnarly problems when using the /SF switch in loadstate. Onward. Background...
  • Blog Post: Controlling USMT Desktop Shell Icon Behavior from XP (and how to create registry values out of thin air)

    People of Earth! It is I, Ned - your benevolent alien dictator - back again to talk to you about USMT. A few customers have asked me how to prevent XP Classic Start Menu desktop icons from migrating to Windows 7. Since these aren’t true shortcuts, you have to do some gyrations to block these...
  • Blog Post: New DNS and AD DS BPA’s released (or: the most accurate list of DNS recommendations you will ever find from Microsoft)

    Hi folks, Ned here again. We’ve released another wave of Best Practices Analyzer rules for Windows Server 2008 / R2, and if you care about Directory Services you care about these: AD DS rules update Info: Update for the AD DS Best Practices Analyzer rules in Windows Server 2008 R2 Download...
  • Blog Post: USMT 4 Update Released to Support Office 2010 Migrations, Fix Other Goo

    Hi, David here. Some of you may have noticed that if you tried to migrate Office 2010 settings using USMT 4.0, the results were often less than ideal. Without going into a very long and ultimately meaningless explanation, this happened because USMT 4.0 didn’t have any of the information needed to know...
  • Blog Post: You probably don't need ACCTINFO2.DLL

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Customers periodically ask us for a rumored replacement for the Windows 2000 acctinfo.dll that works on 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 . That old DLL added an extra tab to the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to centralize some user account info: ...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Available For Windows 7 Beta

    Ned here. For those testing Windows 7 administration capabilities, this is for you. Download here This is the list of Windows Server 2008 administration tools which are included in Win7 RSAT Client: Server Administration Tools: • Server Manager Role Administration Tools: • Active...
  • Blog Post: Hunting down DES in order to securely deploy Kerberos

    Hello folks, Ned here again. By now many businesses have begun deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Since Active Directory has become ubiquitous, Kerberos is now commonplace. What you may not know is that we made a significant change to default cryptographic support in Kerberos starting in...
  • Blog Post: Netmon, MPS, RODC's, and that new OS you might have heard about

    Ned here. A few big pieces of news, in case you've been having a busy week: Netmon 3.3 has been released . You can download from here . Read more about the new features (such as autoscroll, frame commenting, experts, WWAN support, and more) right here . MPS Reports . They're back. They work...
  • Blog Post: Done

    Ned here. Windows 7 client, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Standalone are RTM. Read more here on when you can get what, and other high-fiving amongst ourselves: Microsoft Press Pass When will you get Windows 7 RTM? Windows Server Division blog announcement ...
  • Blog Post: Background uploading of User Registry Settings

    Hey everyone, Mike here again to discuss an interesting feature I learned about in Windows 7. Many Microsoft customers deploy Roaming User Profiles. In fact, many combine Roaming User profiles and Folder Redirection to get the best experience possible. However, one of the drawbacks with Roaming User...
  • Blog Post: Your 24 Month XP Warning

    Hi all, Ned here again with a public service announcement: On April 8 th 2014, Windows XP support ends For the temporally challenged, that’s exactly two years from today. Hopefully, some of you don’t care because you’ve already gotten off XP. After all, Windows 7 has a 41...
  • Blog Post: Intermittent Mail Sack: Must Remember to Write 2013 Edition

    Hi all, Jonathan here again with the latest edition of the Intermittent Mail Sack. We've had some great questions over the last few weeks so I've got a lot of material to cover. This sack, we answer questions on: Issues upgrading DFSR hub servers to Windows Server 2012 AD FS Sign-out behavior...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Win7 and Win2008 R2 is RTM

    Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 has shipped. Here’s the bottom line: Volume Licensed, MSDN and TechNet subscribers get access February 16 . All customers get access February 22 through Windows Update and direct download. More info and high-fiving here at the Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: USMT and OfflineWinOld: Taking XP to Windows 7 in a Hurry

    Ned here again. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of XP’s life have been greatly exaggerated. Mainstream support ended in April 2009 and Service Pack 2 support ends on July 13, 2010 . With the release - and crazy popularity – of Windows 7, companies are exploring various options to move on...
  • Blog Post: Follow up on lag sites... sort of.

    Ned here again. We recently had a very lively discussion about 'Lag Sites' as a disaster recovery option. If you've been digging around the MS Download Center, you may have already come across Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 . After some digging, you'll come across: Improvements in Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: RTM RSAT and SP1 Win7 (shot, over)

    Hi all, Ned here. Update 4/7/11: The Remote Server Administration Toolkit update to support Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has released. Come and get it: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d   Yesterday we announced Windows 7 SP1 availability...
  • Blog Post: USMT, OST, and PST

    Ned here again. Do you remember time before email in the office? It’s been a while now. Email isn’t an option these days any more than a phone. And since Exchange has reached around 65% market share , odds are decent that you’re using some version of Outlook. If you’re planning...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Not Particularly Terrifying Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again. In today’s Mail Sack I discuss SP1, DFSR, GPP passwords, USMT, backups, AD disk configurations, and the importance of costumed pets. Boo. Win7/R2 SP1 RC in production USMT ramp up Daily DFSR health reports Recommendations for separating AD folders and...
  • Blog Post: NTLM Blocking and You: Application Analysis and Auditing Methodologies in Windows 7

    Ned here again. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce a long sought feature known as NTLM blocking. This prevents NTLM from being used for authentication. IT works in both a send or receive mode, and allows you to create exceptions. There’s currently very little documentation on this...
  • Blog Post: RSAT Released for Windows 7

    Remoter Server Administrations Tools are RTM, come and get 'em. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en Some things to keep in mind: This version is only for Windows 7 (Business, Professional, and Ultimate). Make...