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Michael Greene

December, 2006

  • Use ImageX without installing WAIK

    I've heard a few people actually say ImageX.exe is included with Vista. That's not technically accurate. ImageX is most certainly a value add to Vista but it is packaged separately in a download called "WAIK" or Windows Automated Installation Kit . So...
  • Edit the registry on a mounted WIM

    This is an incredibly valuable task. Windows Vista employs "Image Based Setup", meaning their is no more i386 folder. Instead, Windows now comes on the DVD as an image that is copied and expanded during setup. An admin can capture a custom .WIM windows...
  • IE7 Protected Mode GPOs

    I was recently asked if there is any way to disable protected mode in IE7 via GPO for a set of users. First off, I highly recommend against disabling protected mode. There are substantial security benefits gained by having it enabled. It would be far...
  • The magic re-imaging USB key

    By now you should have a basic understanding of windows imaging using .WIM technologies and ImageX. In the WAIK there is an update for Server 2003 to install WDS, Windows Deployment Services. Many customers in the past have simply staged Windows images...
  • Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder for Windows XP

    When you open "Network" in Windows Vista you'll find you do see more machines than you did in XP, assuming other machines on your network are running Vista and are in the "Home" profile. That's due in part to the Link Layer Topology Discovery protocols...
  • Windows Live Search for mobile, very nice

    Link to Windows Live Search for mobile beta Maybe I have been too wrapped up in Vista lately. I'm usually right on top of apps like this when they release but this one snuck past me. Very, very cool!
  • Vista Trick #1 - Open Control Panel applets from the Start Menu

    I've got blog fodder for months to come. In fact, I'm about to take some time off for vacation so I may get several written ahead of time so I can post each morning with only editorial responsibility. :-) This is a trick that has already saved me a lot...
  • Remotely provide a key to Vista and activate

    In the past I've mentioned slmgr.vbs. I just used it to remotely provide a key to a workstation and activate it. It was very simple. The syntax took me a couple of tries but here it is - slmgr.vbs machinename domainname\username password -ipk PID This...
  • TFTP client in Vista

    At a presentation last week a gentleman asked me if Vista includes a tftp client. Today I was poking around in the Vista add/remove features and there it is! Below is the command line output of tftp /?.
  • Using Vista to backup your Email

    I had a really interesting discussion today. I enjoyed a side conversation with a customer in higher education who works within a smaller department that leverages a centralized Email solution. The central solution offers a relatively low amount of storage...
  • H3 Brute video!

    http://www.bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?cid=9340 So I stopped by a Gamestop the other day to grab a wireless headset (which my dog has already tried to chew up) and as I was checking out the lady at the counter said "would you like me to put you on...
  • Screencast 1 - Using ImageX to Mount a WIM

    As an experiment I have recorded a short screencast on ImageX and published it to Soapbox. I recorded the screen capture using Media Encoder and then narrated the audio in Movie Maker. Overall the experience was very simple. This session is quite brief...
  • Staging Vista for network installation using setup.exe

    I'm working through all the different scenarios I anticipate schools will leverage to stage and deploy Vista. This is probably the simplest. You just take a Vista DVD and copy setup.exe from the root as well as the "Sources" folder and everything in it...
  • Retail Launch Animations

    They came for Vista Blog that points over to animations for sharing knowledge with retail partners. These are fantastic. Also - no post yesterday. That's a result of being on vacation and spending the day with family. By the end of the day I find...
  • Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms Learn 21st-Century Skills

    This looks really promising and I hope it is eventually developed for academic classrooms worldwide. I can most certainly see how it could expand learning opportunities across fewer PCs. Link to With Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms...
  • Using TabletPCs for studying

    I love reading the Student Tablet PC blog. This is a really interesting idea that includes the value of not just a tablet but the applications such as OneNote and how they can add value to studying. Link to The Student Tablet PC » Blog Archives » Expert...
  • IE6 on Vista?

    Link to IEBlog : IE6 and IE7 Running on a Single Machine Tough to believe but I've already been asked at least 5 or 6 times if you can run I#6 on Vista. To my knowledge no one has done that yet and I don't expect to hear about it anytime soon, the...
  • It's a beautiful day

    No really, it's unbelievable outside today. I'm going to take my phone and dog and take my next conference call outside on a short hike. Then I'm going to meet a friend and hit some bike trails... Link to This is Vista - Time to get Vistafied... : Vista...
  • News reports of a Windows vulnerability

    In the last few days there has been a lot of chatter about a vulnerability found in Windows . Ars Technica has a good write-up . The point is you have to have access to the machine to exploit the vulnerability. It should be taken seriously without a doubt...
  • Xbox 360 for Christmas

    I selected and purchased my own present this year. It's actually Christmas and Birthday since I've got a Birthday coming up on the 9th. What did I get? XBOX 360! Yes, I know I'm late to the game. I've really been dragging my feet but now with the...
  • Merry Christmas

    and Happy Holidays to everyone!
  • Search folders in tools

    Interesting post The gist of this article is even if the tool you're using does not support search folders you can place a search folder within a real folder and it should pick it up. That really gets my mind working on scenarios... Theoretically I...
  • Windows Server 2003 Admin Pack on Vista

    I had a few other things to write about today but I'll keep them in the queue for now. This has been a major request from a lot of customers. Link to Error message when you install the Windows Server 2003 management tools on a Windows Vista-based computer...
  • Best of luck to all students finishing finals this week

    A sincere good luck to everyone finishing out the semester this week. Seems like just yesterday... Link to The Student Tablet PC » Blog Archives » Happy finals, everyone Great info on the Student Tablet PC blog on study tools.
  • Skipping time in demo's, is it ok?

    I'm in the process of rebuilding my Vista deployment demo to use in upcoming roadshows. In several places I hit a point where files would need to copy from one VM to another, running setup over the network , etc. IMHO, it's much more interesting at...