Confessions of a Microsoft Consultant

Daniel Oxley is an Infrastucture Consultant working for Microsoft Consulting Services in Madrid, Spain. He specialises, amongst other things, in large-scale deployments of Microsoft Windows using technologies such as BDD2007 and the Microsoft Deployment

April, 2009

  • Safely setting autologon for Windows

    When configuring Microsoft Windows to auto-logon, most people just modify the following keys in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AutoAdminLogon HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion...
  • Getting inside information about Hyper-V

    A new book has gone to press recently covering Hyper-V.  The “Insider’s Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor” covers pretty much everything you need to know about Hyper-V, as well as recommendations on how to install, configure, and secure virtual machines...
  • Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have to ignore the MBSA if you don’t want it to

    The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser (MBSA) is an excellent free tool by Microsoft that provides a simple and easy-to-use method of identifying common security misconfigurations for your Microsoft Windows computers.  The current version (MBSA...
  • Office 2003 being put to bed

    Just a quick reminder to everyone that mainstream support for Microsoft Office 2003 ended on April 14th 2009, extended support will be available however until the 14th of January 2014. You can get more information from the following two pages: Microsoft...
  • VBS Functions

    The lack of a decent GUI for VBS development has always been a problem for most people.  The advantages of using VBS are great, but writing the scripts can be labourious, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience and know all the commands...
  • Faster Creation of Virtual Machines

    I recently noticed a blog post on TechNet about a new tool that was released on CodePlex.  WIM2VHD is a command-line tool allows you to create sysprepped VHD images from any Windows 7 installation source (and I suspect Windows Server 2008 R2 as well...
  • Yet Another Core Configurator

    In the true spirit of Linux, it seems that everybody is re-inventing the wheel – because they can.  So, just as your favourite Linux distro had 9,999 different versions of the same basic calculator tool (but all written by different people), it seems...
  • Network Issues prevent certain Installations (otherwise known as 0xc000000f)

    I have recently been setting up a Hyper-V laboratory for a Windows 7 project.  I had all the machines installed, and I was configuring them using an RDP connection rather than using VMConnect (the reason is that it is nice and easy to get access...