Off Campus

Michael Greene

February, 2007

  • How to provide a Vista image to departments without storing your MAK in clear text

    This scenario comes up frequently and I want to show exactly how the process works. The concern I have heard is from Universities that wish to provide an image to a remote department and for whatever reason the KMS is not an option. In most cases the...
  • My Vista autounattend file template

    This is an answer file I use to demonstrate an unattended setup with Vista Business/Enterprise. First off, please do not copy this file verbatim with hopes of using it in mass deployments. There are settings I have cleared or set generically so you need...
  • Inject PowerShell in to your offline Vista image

    The Windows Automated Installation Kit includes pkgmgr.exe to inject packages and drivers to offline images. "Packages" loosely means the updates that Microsoft releases, usually through Windows Update. I believe there are partner initiatives underway...
  • Excuse me sir, does Vista still come with PowerPoint and Excel?

    It's a pet peeve of so many geeks... For years now people have crossed the names between Office and Windows by saying things like "I think I'm running Windows 97" or "umm, I believe I am running Office 2000", and then come to find out they are running...
  • Great info on Extending AD Schema

    Just a quick post to flag this article. This is really good to have handy. Note that making changes to schema is risky business and should not be taken lightly but when done correctly it can be quite valuable. Another good option is to have an ADAM directory...
  • Vista Sidebar Gadget for SharePoint Learning Kit

    So you're a student taking an online class and you need to keep track of all your assignments, when they are due, which have been graded and returned, etc. Wouldn't it be nice if you had the information always in front of you and up to date so you were...
  • Link to article: BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool

    Josh, you beat me to it. I can officially clear this from my Outlook 2007 todo bar. Great article. When working with schools on BDD I try to find time to show how to enable the wizard page that automatically sets up the image install as prepared for...
  • Read this post on virtualization

    I'm loving this article from Mike Neil in the Windows Server group. Especially the quote below. I can't tell you how much time I've spent in the last few months thinking about this very concept. Education could really benefit from a widescale virtual...
  • Schema Extensions for Windows Vista

    There are two available schema extensions for Vista. One is to enable a central recovery solution for BitLocker and the other is for configuration of network authentication. Details below. Configuring Active Directory to Back up Windows BitLocker...
  • Where to find technical information on TPM

    The Trusted Platform Module is not a Microsoft technology but Vista leverages TPM as a preferred hardware component when enabling BitLocker drive encryption. The Trusted Computing Group maintains the specifications on TPM and provides a great deal of...
  • Switch Vista from MAK back to being a KMS client

    Let's say you've built a new workstation and it is using an MAK but you want to switch it back to being a KMS client. The guidance is here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/plan/volact1.mspx#ConvertclientusingMAKtouseKMS But what is <setup...
  • Go Bears

    As usual, I'm as excited to hang out with good friends and laugh at the commercials as I am about the game although that will change within 60 seconds after kickoff! I'm a Rams fan but live in IL therefore, for today, Go Bears. Link to SuperBowl.com ...
  • Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0: Technical Attributes

    This is a great reference for configuring or troubleshooting VA technical issues. 100% of the issues I had heard so far have been related to network access or name resolution. In most cases it was name resolution. The SRV record must be in the default...
  • Lots of Vista-related tools posted for download today

    Virtual PC 2007 Link to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 VAMT - a tool for doing proxy MAK activation and analyzing groups of machines for VA status. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) Finally, these were online last week but not officially announced until...
  • Windows Vista Hardware Assessment RTW

    Ha, so I am preparing to deliver an overview of Vista deployment scenarios this afternoon and over the weekend I created a slide that called out the Hardware Assessment tool and Easy Transfer Wizard Companion as out of scope for a detailed discussion...
  • Windows Sysinternals

    As I'm sure you can tell I'm on the road this week. In fact, I'm on the road almost solid through the end of March. There is an absolutely wonderful enthusiasm in Education right now about Windows Vista. For my blog this means I don't have a lot of time...
  • Connect: "Grava" CTP

    What is "Grava"? "Grava" is the code name for a new set of tools from Microsoft’s Education Products Group that is designed to allow the education community to create and assemble materials that will increase discovery and allow learners to go at their...
  • Windows MultiPoint SDK

    MultiPoint is a new technology from Microsoft that allows developers to build applications that affordably increase the reach of existing classroom PCs and help students everywhere build essential 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, teamwork...
  • Longhorn Server WDS - multicast? YEAH BABY!!!

    Looking over the TechNet master OPML this morning and came across this post. This has been a major ask from customers in education, especially those who deploy and manage computer labs. Earlier this year I submitted a long list of customers in education...
  • Teachers Using Technology

    I am constantly intrigued to watch as new communities evolve online. I've posted before about admiration for The Student Tablet PC blog. There are a few sites that when I notice a new feed has arrived I can't wait to read it, and this is one of them....
  • I posted a Search Macro - fewer retail sites

    This started off as an experiment but is working well enough I use it as my default engine. The goal was to create a search macro off Live.com that would help cut back on the number of retail sites that are given in search results. Don't get me wrong...
  • Learning Network Manager

    Project Description What Is the Learning Network Manager? The Learning Network Manager (LNM) offers a standard way of setting up and configuring computer labs, while reducing support and training requirements. It provides a controllable infrastructure...
  • Good Link To Keep Handy: Alternate Access Mappings for SharePoint 2007

    Ken IM'ed me just after he posted this to see if I happened to have run in to the same problem. Ironically I have had a task in queue for a couple of weeks to build a public-facing WSS site for a side project I'm working on. I got all the way through...
  • And we're back!

    The download for WAIK had been offline. It is back now! Link to Download details: Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)
  • Ink Desktop

    From the site - If you have a Tablet PC, you’ll love using Ink Desktop. It’s like having a portable dry-erase board on your screen all of the time. Whenever you want, you can jot down a phone number, directions, or top priorities for the day. And,...