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

March, 2010

  • VDI Connection BrokeN?

    There a couple of step-by-step guides available for setting up VDI deployments that are very good reads: Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop...
  • SCVMM Console-ation

    The Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, other than being a mouthful to say and hence referred to as SCVMM, is a great consolidation tool for managing Virtual Server, Hyper-V and even VMWare ESX hosts and the VMs on them. This isn’t a sales...
  • You U2U? Me too!

    Windows Vista and 7 have a “Remote Assistance” feature where users can attempt to share control of another user’s desktop in order to assist them – there is a full description over on TechNet , and it can be invoked from the command line using msra.exe...
  • Remote Desktop Services & WebSSO

    With Windows Server 2008 R2 we introduced “Web Single Sign-On” (WebSSO) to eliminate some of the authentication prompts when users open up RemoteApps.   There is a very detailed introduction here , but there are some points worth highlighting as...
  • Avoid expansion if you’re snap-happy

    Occasionally the purpose of snapshotting VMs in Hyper-V is misunderstood (and hence misused), and people find that their initial guesstimate as to required disk space was insufficient, so try to extend it after the fact. If there was an eleventh commandment...
  • 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 at the Windows PKI Blog provided a script ( setupca.vbs ) to install a Certificate Authority on Windows Server 2008 and R2, and recently we had a request...
  • The Browser Choice in Europe - Addendum

    For those that wish/need to block the Browser Choice from being presented (for example in large deployments with lockdown policies), there is now an article which describes how to prevent it from appearing (note it will still install the update, and the...
  • Registry Marriage

    “The Registry” is something most, if not all Windows users have heard of – but I would guess that only a fraction understand what it is or does, so I shall give a high-level overview here to enlighten those people… The registry is essentially a hierarchical...