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  1. Exam environment configuration with Windows 7 clients in a domain

    by , 19th April 2012 at 11:18 PM
    A couple of weeks ago I posted a question regarding setting up one of my labs for an upcoming online final exam. A paraphrased summary of the question is below:

    Quote Originally Posted by HeyMerlin View Post
    I'm trying to figured out a way to configure Windows 7 firewall rules via GPO for the following environment:
    • Local account only, no domain accounts (this is easy via GPO)
    • Need access to one web server that serves the exam
    • Need access to CAS, DNS, and AD machines
    • Do not block traffic from specific machines

    Updated 24th April 2012 at 09:42 PM by HeyMerlin (Error regarding gpo preference action)

    Sysadmin , Group Policies
  2. Card Readers and Mapped Network Drives

    by , 16th April 2012 at 08:32 PM
    Just this past Easter break I was tasked with installing about 60 or so new machines in the media centers in our district. It wasn't until the end of the deployment that I discovered that mapped drives assigned via the login script weren't working properly as the card readers were taking up the letters. Moving the mapped drives higher up in the alphabet wasn't going to fly as it would affect every user on the network, and there wasn't any group policy setting that would allow you to set the first ...

    Updated 16th April 2012 at 08:35 PM by Duke5A

  3. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 5 (Task Sequences - for OS/Apps)

    by , 14th April 2012 at 04:09 PM
    Welcome to Part 5 of my now EPIC System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series! Heres the 2nd of your "two for you money" weekend deal :-p. So - this time round we are going introduce a new dark art - Task Sequences. These are the power of SCCM; and will actually get your deployment off the ground. After anything specific Ive not covered, or that you think Ive missed, please comment or send me a PM. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne. ...
  4. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4c (OS Images - Drivers)

    by , 13th April 2012 at 05:55 PM
    Welcome to Part 4c of my System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series! Yes.... this one has been a while coming - so Im going to give you two for you money today! So - this time round we are going to finish off the building your first Windows 7 image. After anything specific Ive not covered, or that you think Ive missed, please comment or send me a PM. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne.

    Drivers - aka the HELL!
    One of the issues ...

    Updated 13th April 2012 at 05:57 PM by TheScarfedOne

    System Centre
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Restricting the use of removeable storage - do you?-sccmdrv3.png  
  5. Using SSO (Single Sign On) with Remote Desktop for Thin Clients

    by , 4th April 2012 at 12:41 AM
    Those who follow my blogs will remember that last Summer, I set about building a single platform system - based around Windows 7/Server 2008 R2. This post deals with the final part of the jigsaw relating to the Thin Client section - powered by Windows Thin PC (aka Windows 7 lite... it runs NT6.1)

    This post follows

    So – if you are using Terminal Server, or to give ...
  6. *Not IT Related* - Go Ape

    by , 2nd April 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Thought I would give this a plug as I did this the weekend!

    Place called Go Ape, this was one was near Cannock (Bham) but there are a number of them I believe scattered over the UK.
    What a brilliant few hours out! I was quite skeptical at first but wow I really enjoyed it, it was a treat from the missis! I thought it was quite expensive (£30 quid each but we had 20% off) but its totally worth it!

    Your up probably 60ft up at the highest ...
    Tags: go ape; fun
  7. Dell acquires Wyse Technologies

    by , 2nd April 2012 at 10:00 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It looks like Dell are on a spending spree.

    DESKTOP PC FLOGGER Dell will buy thin-client vendor Wyse for an undisclosed sum.

    Dell has spent the last five years trying to shrug off its image as a beige box shifter with a significant push into the enterprise. Michael Dell even said, "Dell is not a PC company". Now the firm is moving further away from its tin box roots by buying Wyse, a company that's well known for its thin-client
  8. There goes that plan...

    by , 28th March 2012 at 11:54 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    I've just ordered 4 new computers, due to serious failures in a few classes, and had an idea.

    The new computers are licenced for Windows 7 Home Premium [SP1], but will actually be running Windows XP.

    My idea was... rejiggle the licences around [Put the licence for the old machine on the new one] and then there'd be some decent Win7 lincences going spare. [which I may or may not have planned to aquire...]

    Turns out, you can't do that. ...
    Random ramblings

    by , 23rd March 2012 at 10:14 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    Not a rant... More "omg my boss is awesome!" I just felt like sharing.

    The following is an ACTUAL e-mail chain sent between the head and myself. [It's also backwards. Most recent at the top.]

    Not just any dragons... GANGSTER DRAGONS!

    -----Original Message-----
    Random ramblings
  10. Google AdWords

    , 18th March 2012 at 01:31 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    They can create some interesting results out of the blue.

    Use of domain password (& staff AUP, etc.) ;)-chinese-lady.jpg