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

July, 2010

  • GDR & LDR : The Next Generation

    Following on from: GDR, QFE, LDR… WTH? Branching Out Service Packs – Levels vs Installers One of the questions I have received a few times after publishing the previous blogs is “how do I see if a given binary is on the GDR or LDR branch on my system...
  • SCVMM Self-Service Portal

    The Self-Service Portal is a web application provided as part of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and allows “non admin” users to be able to work with specific VMs, and possibly even have the right to deploy new ones. Being a web application...
  • View TS/RDS Configuration Remotely

    Here is a VBScript which can be used to get the following information from a W2K, W2K3, W2K8 or W2K8R2 server via WMI: - is Remote Desktop enabled? - is Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services configured for Application Server or Remote Administration...
  • Service Pack 1 BETA available for download for Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2

    If you need to test the new RemoteFX or Dynamic Memory features in W2K8R2 RDS or Hyper-V respectively, then you can download the beta of the upcoming first service pack for Windows Server 2008 R2 (and Windows 7 for the client-side bits) here . I wouldn...
  • More info on SP1 for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2

    Following on from my previous blog entry , there is now a public FAQ to address the questions being asked practically every day – below are my top 5 of which to be aware: Q: When will SP1 be released? A:   Service Pack 1 will be released within the...