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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. AppV Updates...

    by , 21st June 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Ok, so after I left you all wondering on the AppV score - I thought it was about time to show where we had go to...

    Well - progress is good, very good! AppV (as if it needed any more ranting and raving) is a seriously cool piece of kit. Take this one problem... using CS4 on out ICT Suite machines and to bring in CS5 would bring a learning curve for staff and students alike. Well, what if you could run the two side by side. Normally, not a chance, but with AppV you can. CS4 sequences ...
  2. Pastures new, and time to start from scratch...

    by , 15th June 2011 at 05:25 PM
    So, yet again I find myself starting my blog with "Ive not written in ages, and here's why..."...!

    Well, first off - Ive moved workplaces. A number of you will already know that - but this blog is going to concentrate on essentially the setup of a new network on the side of the old one!

    Why did I move on? Well, after 5 years, all that could be achieved had been - and the system which Id written from scratch (ably assisted by my senior) was in a good state ...
  3. Windows 7 SP1 Fails to Install (and causes a Blue Screen system halt)

    by , 10th March 2011 at 09:42 PM
    Microsoft Recently released a Service Pack for Windows 7 and it has worked fine until it has been made available via WSUS/Windows Updates for Automatic Install. It has been known to cause a few problems where the system has halted upon startup with a Fatal Error as shown below:

    Fatal Error C0000034 applying update operation (Update 282 of 103814)

    Many people have turned to re-building the system but there is a fix to getting the system back up and running and it is ...
    Tags: windows 7
  4. Fine Grained Password Policies

    by , 27th February 2011 at 11:51 PM
    Ok, something we are just about to implement - Password Policies for Staff. However, I hear you cry, you can only have one policy per domain - the "Default Domain Policy GPO". Yes - pre Server 2008 that is true...

    With Windows Server 2008 you will now be able to define different password account lockout policies within the same domain. Previously this was not possible and this was also one of the reasons many of our customers implemented multiple domains in their forest. ...
  5. Windows 7 Updates which break things...

    by , 24th February 2011 at 04:05 PM
    OK - I know SP1 is now out - but in case you havent applied it yet, and arent going too - watch out for these two...

    Note - These are supposed to be rolled into SP1, supposed to be!

    Issue 1: If your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding at the “Please wait” screen before you are requested to press Ctrl+ALT+DEL.

    Lets say you try to start a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

    However, the operating ...
  6. Spring Cleaning your AD

    by , 24th February 2011 at 02:35 PM
    That time of year again (well - for us anyway), after doing a load of machine rebuilds - and name changes etc - your AD may look a bit cluttered. Even more so as we moved from using RIS (groan - old tech alert) to SCCM...

    So - rather than resurrect some old threads, here is a collection of highly useful powershell scripts to hunt out those old computers and remove them or move them to another OU so you can spot them all together.

    Credit to original posters: Boz_l and ...
  7. Windows Movie Maker (the non-Live) version on Windows 7

    by , 21st February 2011 at 01:23 AM
    OK, I know the "old" XP version of Movie Maker wasnt the best - but as far as quick (ish), easy, and user friendly and FREE movie editting goes - it ticked the boxes. It also follows all the rules for Group Policy etc with no irritations unlike some commercial offerings.

    Problem, Microsoft upset the EU Anti Trust bods, so no longer is it in newer versions. Ok, no biggy - lets use the new "Live" version. Er... no - its full of "Live" links and upload and ...
  8. Sharepoint Document Library - RANT - Part 2

    by , 18th February 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Because when you want to have a real rant - one post isnt enough (or you go on too much!), here is part 2 of my (Bil's) rant about Sharepoint Document Libraries...

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat

    If you do live in the world where you are interested in versioning is important then go over the draft/publish model with your users. Draft versions have two attributes. First they’re minor versions (0.1, 12.3, 8,348,23.58,328). They’re incremented each time you check a draft
  9. Sharepoint Document Library - RANT! - Part 1

    by , 18th February 2011 at 01:35 PM
    Firstly - a little disclaimer. I am not the original author of this post, but I agree with the sentiment of it. Its all to easy to think that the Document Libraries are File Shares and treat them as such - particularly if you let your users use the Explorer View (grrrr!) Anyway - the honour of the original poster is the Sharepoint Legend that is Bil Simser. Google is your friend....

    I thought I would capture a few ideas around document libraries and share with the rest of
  10. Windows 7 Bitlocker Pins

    by , 10th February 2011 at 08:10 PM
    So, time to rack up my blog writing a bit more! As you may have read, we have deployed (well still deploying) Windows 7 with Bitlocker as the encryption for all our Staff Laptops. We are using Toshiba Tecra A10s by the way.

    While we were testing, we came across some things that were a real pain. The first being that unless you are a local admin, you cannot change the Bitlocker pin. Problem - big problem. Under XP, we did used to have Staff as local admins - but used GPs and Software ...
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