This is the age-old issue of balancing the need to get log in times as quick as possible v’s keeping the M in MOE. The Environment can be managed to the ‘nth degree but each extra tweak comes at the expense of an extra micro second at login.
For me Management is key as I look after around 3500 student facing and lecture theatre PCs. Continue reading Speeding up login times – Group Policy v’s Branded IE
After installing Windows 7, and before activation, the operating system will run in an Initial Grace Period license status for 30 days. When this grace period expires, users can rearm Windows 7 for an additional 30 days, and do this up to 3 times, effectively allowing the OS to run legally for 120 days without a genuine product key. Continue reading Resetting the rearm count in Windows 7
This little powershell script uses WMI to get the local PCs Service Tag from the bios. It then queries Dell’s website for the warranty information and loops through each warranty line item to find the latest date. Once we have the date, it is then written to the registry. The warranty end date is then ready to be used in BGInfo or exported to a MOE tool such as Altiris NS for easy reporting. Continue reading Powershell script to query Dell website for Warranty End Date
As we know, there’s a little feature in 64 bit windows that auto redirects 32 bit apps to 32 bit versions of system files via the WOW64 file system redirector. This causes some issues when deploying apps via things like older versions of Altiris NS to 64 bit Operating Systems.
This can be overridden via a little known feature called sysnative. Continue reading Running 64bit from a 32bit environment
Microsoft provides a couple of useful tools within Windows 7 to assist with gathering thorough troubleshooting information.
We had an interesting call come through today with a user unable to configure a Microsoft Access System DSN in the ODBC Data Source Administrator on a Windows 7 x64 PC.