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New MVA course: Windows Server 2012: Identity and Access

There is now a new course available on Microsoft Virtual Academy called “Windows Server 2012: Identity and Access”. This is what is covered in this course: Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Improvements to AD DS installation and deployment and AD Federation Services (AD FS) as a server role. Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Enhancements with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and easier deployment of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions. DirectAccess for Remote Access. Helps IT offer users seamless, more secure access…

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New Microsoft certification: MCSA Windows 7

Today I received an e-mail from Microsoft congratulating me on the new certification MCSA: Windows 7. MCSA stands for “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate” and these are entry-level certifications in the new Microsoft certification structure. Turns out that everyone that has had either the “MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator” or “MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician” certifications will receive this new certification automatically. If you have received the MCSA: Windows 7 certification, you will only need to take another upgrade exam for the…

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How To Install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

INTRODUCTION The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is still a common prerequisite for applications and is therefore required to be installed. This post is a guide for how to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10. This blog post describes how to install .NET Framework using: Command line Server Manager (GUI) Offline Installer Unfortunately, installing the Feature is not as straight forward as you might think. Microsoft has a guide for it, but it does…

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How to create a bootable Windows 8 USB using Diskpart

I definately prefer to create a bootable USB for my Windows 8 media instead of using a CD-ROM, due to a number of reasons. First of all, some of my devices don’t have a CD-ROM player. Second, the installation will be much faster if run from a USB compared to a CD. A 56x CD-ROM player has a theoretical maximum speed of 8.6 MB/s, compared to 625 MB/s on a USB3 connector. On my home server I installed Windows 8…

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How To Solve WDS Issue with DHCP Port Conflict

Regedit force WDS to not use DHCP ports

INTRODUCTION Have you ever installed WDS and DHCP on the same server? Usually this doesn’t cause a problem, but in some cases, you will have issues with starting the WDS server. Looking at the event log you will see this nasty error: “The Windows Deployment Services Server service terminated with service-specific error Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted” SOLUTION The solution to this problem is manually changing a registry value to force the WDS…

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Guide: How to configure automatic logon in when using a proxy in Internet Explorer

There are a lot of companies out there that force their clients to go through a proxy in order for them to reach the Internet. This proxy is usually set in Internet Explorer, and can sometimes cause a slightly annoying pop-up asking for credentials every time you visit a web site. Here is a short guide for how you can enable automatic logon for all Internet sites. Note: These security settings are often controlled by a GPO, so it might not…

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How To Enable PXE in Hyper-V for Legacy Boot

Add Legacy Adapter Step 1

INTRODUCTION Today, I wanted to virtualize a client that I’ve previously had as a seperate machine. So, I thought that I would just do a clean installation of the system via PXE-boot. This is a guide for how to get PXE to work in Hyper-V for Legacy Boot (not UEFI). SOLUTION CREATE VIRTUAL SWITCH First you need to create a virtual switch. This is needed for the Virtual Machine to be able to communicate with the network. If you already…

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Don’t forget Windows Update in Windows 8!

  Today I’ve been having some serious keyboard issues with my Windows 8 client and I just realized that I had never updated my Windows 8 Release Preview. When doing a check for updates, I found that there were a bunch of vendor specific drivers for my laptop (Lenovo) that were made available for Windows 8. I’ve been trying to get the Windows 7 drivers for these devices to work on Windows 8, but with no luck, so that’s great…

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