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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V hanging on boot

    Breaking it During the week, I tried a straight upgrade for my Hyper-V box from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012, and wandered off. Noticing the Internet hadn’t come back a half hour later (TMG VM), I found my server hung at the new Windows logo. Hung hard : no capslock activity...
  • Blog Post: Installing .Net 3.51 on Windows 8.1

    (Can you sense flatten-and-reinstall time approaches?) Or Windows 8. Applies to .Net 3.51, 3.0, and 2.0. Works with or without Internet. Link: How To Activate the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 Without Internet Access
  • Blog Post: On that replacement Exec Laptop scenario with DJOIN

    The Volume Licensing website allows Win8 Enterprise to be downloaded to the new laptop, which should go some way to fixing the Enterprise Edition client requirement. It’s not quite slap-black-amex-down-and-join-domain, but then again that’s generally what you’d want! If you just...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows from a USB Stick (and copying it to that stick from an ISO)

    (Quick public dump so I can find the tool link again easily)   Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here . (NB links to the page, not the EXE) Download ISO image from store or MSDN Run Win7 USB DVD Tool and point it to ISO and USB Stick Label stick Seriously Tristan, label the damn stick You...
  • Blog Post: DJOIN with a client TXT file failing with error 0x57 - Incorrect function or parameter is incorrect.

    Incorrect function or parameter is incorrect. Long story short: DJOIN.EXE is finicky about its text formats. Don’t re-save a domain join blob text file with Notepad – if you can download the file as a file, you’ll be happier. (Experimenting with Save formats in Notepad is left...