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Writings from an IT Consultant in Devon. Current projects include HyperV, System Centre Products, Group Policy, App V, Sharepoint, Forefront Products, Remote Desktop, Thin Computing and Academies. Questions welcome.... . Follow me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne

  1. Centrally managing Signatures in Outlook and OWA - the free way

    by , 18th November 2011 at 12:28 AM
    Right... as part of a corporate branding exercise - I have been working on sorting out the email signature front.

    Before everyone says it - yes, I know you can do a "sort of solution" on the Exchange server. Im not going to cover that one in this post - as its more designed for Disclaimers. If you want to know more on that - Google "Exchange Transport Rule Disclaimer".

    Why not Exchange Transport Rules
    Back to this post ...

    Updated 18th November 2011 at 10:43 AM by TheScarfedOne

  2. Managing Printers in a Remote Desktop Environment

    by , 15th November 2011 at 03:00 PM
    So, regular readers of my blog will know that we run quite an extensive Remote Desktop Environment at my new School. This poses for some interesting issues when dealing with printing - so a rethink on the traditional methods was needed.

    Traditional Printer Scripting
    Lets start at the beginning - with the "old-school" method of printer mappings. Usually, this was achieved with a good old-fashioned batch script, ala Drive Mappings. Not content with ...

    Updated 18th November 2011 at 12:41 AM by TheScarfedOne

  3. Windows 7 (and Vista) Roaming Profiles... and resetting them

    by , 11th October 2011 at 03:07 PM
    I use roamin profiles - and I know that people have their own views on using them, so no flaming please! I use it for all users, and combine it with folder redirection to for speed and efficiency.

    Here is an outline of my setup then... and some links to getting it set up the same way if you are so inclined.

    All userdata is stored on SAN paths, mapped through DFS. But, but could have this on single servers equally, and it would work just fine. The root path is \\DNSNAME\Network\ ...
  4. Start Menu and Desktop Redirection

    by , 9th October 2011 at 01:00 AM
    Hello again! This one wanders off into slightly differenet territory for my normal blogging - but its one Ive had lots of questions about recently. Its also been a fairly busy one on the forums too, so here is a reasonably definative guide on how to get it working properly...

    1. Create a server side copy of your structure
    Sounds simple, but how many times this isnt done properly never ceases to amaze me. Now, some poeple I know wont like what Im about to recommend, but trust ...

    Updated 11th October 2011 at 03:18 PM by TheScarfedOne (Added screenshots)

  5. Shutting down machines with Group Policy Preferences

    by , 29th September 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Ok, so - some of you have tried to put this in place and have not had much luck with it. I use this one a lot, as it saves additional software - and it is just nice to have everything all in one place.

    How to do it properly then...

    1 Create a NEW GPO... yes I said new. Don't go adding this to exisitng ones as when you want to change the time for different machines - you will be stuffed (well you could use item level targetting -but thats a bit out of the reach of this ...
  6. Some things from the field for SCCM saving my bacon on a massive system deployment...

    by , 11th August 2011 at 11:29 PM
    So, as you will have gathered from my recent blog posts... there is some serious systems change happening at my place!

    Quite simply put - without SCCM and Windows Thin PC, there is no way I could have got it done.

    THat being said... there were a few times I was pulling may hair out with it! So, this post is a heads up on what might go wrong... and in no particular order...

    1. Error 8004005 - Cannot retrieve policy for this computer and a reboot before ...

    Updated 11th August 2011 at 11:31 PM by TheScarfedOne

  7. SCCM, SQL and Forefront Endpoint on HyperV - with a touch of Clustering

    by , 3rd August 2011 at 04:21 PM
    Couldnt quite work out what to call this blog post - as it ties so many different areas in together.

    As Ive written about before - Ive been busy doing a mass upgrade and virtualisation project at my new place. First step was getting the HyperV hosts all set up. That was a breeze, as was the SAN - all bar a bit of waiting whilst it all initialised.

    Once that was done, it was time to get the roles onto each of the nice new HyperV Clients. An SQL cluster, a pair of SCCM ...
  8. Setting up my new system...

    by , 21st July 2011 at 10:24 AM
    OK - so some of you now know I moved on from my last School - where I was very vocal with Sharepoint and later SCCM.

    Well, now at my new Academy - we are going to get down and dirt with virtualization as well. You may have seen my last post about SCCM and AppV; and also Windows Thin PC - which is part of the story, and also our testing and QA process.

    Whats going in then? Well, to sort out the underpowering on the Server side - incoming 2 x Dell R710s with 300gb Raid ...
  9. Windows Thin PC

    by , 6th July 2011 at 11:52 AM
    So... Windows Thin PC (Windows Embedded Standard 7 - for its full name really) is now out, whats the story?

    Its the replacement for Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCS... ie its a cut down version of the current Windows OS, designed for older PCs to make them last a bit longer. You can use it to make a "Think Thin Client"... ie Autologon, start an RDP session and thats it.

    And thats exactly what Ive done with it.

    So, hows it all set up, and ...

    Updated 24th August 2011 at 08:11 PM by TheScarfedOne

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  10. Laptop House Education Show: 17th June 2011

    by , 24th June 2011 at 11:45 AM
    Laptop House Education Show: 17th June 2011

    After a break of two years, it was time for these guys to have another Trade Show. Like last time, they didn’t disappoint! So, first for a bit of an intro…

    Laptop House are an independent IT equipment reseller founded in March 2002; and based just outside Stoke on Trent. They are able to supply major brands including Dell, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Sony, Apple, Fujitsu & IBM, Promethean, Bretford, Smart and many more.
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