The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions

Explore the many features of Microsoft Visio 2010. In 24 self-contained videos ranging from five to eight minutes, three Visio MVPs discuss and demonstrate the basics of how to use and apply some of the most important features and capabilities of Visio 2010. Each Visio 2010 MVP Session provides the understanding needed to get started with using Visio 2010 to solve a specific challenge or apply a specific feature or technique.

The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions at Microsoft
http://www.visguy.com/2012/02/01/roll-em-new-visio-2010-video-series-by-visio-mvps

 

LogMeIn Causes Display Driver Error in Windows Media Center – Notes and Links

Notes:
If you have dual monitors / one not hdcp – start WMC on the non HDCP monitor and drag it over to the main monitor.

Links:
Display Driver Error in Windows Media Center only on LiveTV. Minimizing/Maximizing fixes it.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/display-driver-error-in-windows-media-center-only/d91f83f1-7364-44c2-b53a-7c7073b2a1b3?page=1

LogMeIn Causes Error in Windows Media Center
http://blog.onoj.com/technology/logmein-causes-error-in-windows-media-center/4/#comment-44

I am posting my reply to this article because his blog is even less active than mine.  I figure I should capture my comments in case his blog disappears.   I may want to expand on this and at least one other issue I have come across with LogMeIn interacting with Windows Media Center on Windows 7 64bit.

There may be a few combinations of the right hardware/software that can create this particular issue.

I have:
1 – A (brand new) HDHomeRun Prime
2 – An AMD APU with a AMD Radeon HD 6530D graphics chip
3 – LogMeIn

In addition:
a – I am connected to an old Olevia 37 inch HDTV via HDMI, and
b – Have a secondary monitor connected to the D-sub (VGA) port

I have two different errors, and was looking for any ideas to help sort this out.  Like you I would receive the ‘Display Driver Error’.  I would also get a ‘HDCP Support Required’ error.  Despite these 2 errors, at one point, I had all channels working on both monitors for one evening. The next day, I was back fighting with this issue. This is my 3rd day now, and I came across your article.  It appears it may have solved the ‘Video Display Error.

I decided to first simply disable the ‘LogMein Mirror Driver’, and that looks to have fixed my ‘Display Driver Error’.  I will have to fool around some more to see if I can get rid of the second error.

It gets more complicated with the 2 monitors.  Live TV working on the VGA Port.  I can then move the WMC window to the other monitor, and it will work.  But High Def channels have not worked since the first evening.

Very complex and very odd.

Anyway, thanks for figuring out this piece of the puzzle.

Switching Between a Static IP address and DHCP – Windows 7

If you frequently travel with a laptop, you are often going to need or require access to a network. Connecting to a network provides access to the internet, from which you can check email, access government websites or commercial services, or services provided by an employer, friends or family.

Unlike a home or work connection, where the PC is typically always on and the PC doesn’t move, a laptop moving from hotel to coffee shop to temporary work area may have to be configured specifically for a specific location.

If you get to a location where you are unable to connect to the network, here are some things to check for:

– Check to make sure the network isn’t down – It is always possible that the site you are at is having technical problems. Check to see if others are connecting without a problem, or simply check with your host such as the hotel front desk.

– Check your wireless
If you are using a wireless connection, is the wireless radio on your laptop turned on – If using wireless, most manufacturers provide a switch or button that allows you to disable the radio on your laptop when not being used. look at the top row above the keyboard, or along the sides or front of the laptop.  Turning the radio off and on could also be a shared function on the keyboard, or even a software setting within software on the laptop.

Make sure you have configured your wireless connection properly for the location providing the wireless connection.  Your provider should be able to identify what type of encryption, the password, etc.

– Check your cable
If you are using a wired connection, the cable may look ok, and still have a broken wire inside or other problem. Try to switch cables or borrow a cable to see if this resolves your problem.

– Check to see if your laptop should use DHCP or a static IP address – While DHCP is far more common, check with the provider of the network service.  If your laptop is configured incorrectly, this will frequently prevent your laptop from making a network connection.

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More About DHCP and Static IP Addresses
For computers to communicate on a network, they require whats called an IP address.  IP addresses can vary from location to location, and are different throughout the world.

When traveling, places that offer network access provide the IP address. The address can either be provided manually (known as a fixed or static IP), or more commonly with a feature called DHCP. With DHCP, your laptop simply makes a request to the network and asks to borrow an IP address.  The device that issues out the IP address responds by providing your laptop with an address.

Typically, most networks and most PCs are configured to use DHCP. However, if you have been traveling, or received the laptop from someone who had been traveling, it is possible the laptop has been configured with a Static IP address.  If a laptop is configured to use a static IP address, the odds of it being properly configured for any given location is fairly low, and further, the DHCP feature is disabled as a result of the laptop having a static IP address.

Check with the network provider and determine if you should be using DHCP or a static IP.  If you require a static IP, they will need to provide you that information.

If you are not an administrator on your laptop, you will probably not be able to change these network connection settings. However, one thing to know is that your wired and wireless connections are configured independently, one may be configured for DHCP, and the other could be configured with a static IP address.  If you have the option, you may want to try both connections.

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Changing From a Static IP Address to DHCP
Locate the Network icon in the lower right corner of the screen

Click on the Network icon, a window should open.
Select Open Network and Sharing Center

From the Network and Sharing Center, select Change adapter settings

Right click on the connection you want to change, and select Properties

If you are not logged in as an administrator, you will need to provide an administrator username and password to continue

A Connection Properties window will open.
Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4, and select Properties

To use DHCP, select Obtain an IP address automatically,
Select OK

If you need to setup your connection to use a Static IP address,
Select Use the following IP Address
insert the information provided by the network host as shown here
Select OK when completed

Select OK to close the Network Connection Properties window

Manually Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network Using Windows 7

When connecting to a wireless network, most wireless networks identify themselves by broadcasting their SSID.  In Windows 7, if your wireless adapter is turned on, your computer will provide you with a list of the networks it has detected.  While not common, you may need to occasionally connect to a wireless network that does not broadcast its SSID, thereby masking its presence.  This quick tutorial provides instructions on how to create a manual connection to a wireless network that is not broadcasting its SSID.

From the Windows Start Button;
Select Control Panel, then open the Network and Sharing Center

From the Network and Sharing Center;
Select Manage wireless networks

From Manage wireless networks;
Select Add

Select Manually create a network profile

Enter information for the wireless network you want to add;
Network Name (SSID): PublicW7
Security type: WPA2-Personal
Encryption type: AES
Security Key (Shared Secret):  * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Connect even if the network is not broadcasting  should be checked
Select Next

A window should appear indicating the PublicW7 network was successfully added.
Select Close

PublicW7 should now be listed as an available wireless network

Click on the Network status icon, a list of the detected and manually created wireless networks should be listed.
If you do not see any networks, make sure your wireless adapter is powered on.
Select PublicW7

Select Connect

Links:
How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks
http://www.7tutorials.com/how-connect-hidden-wireless-networks

How to Connect to Wireless Networks
http://www.7tutorials.com/how-connect-wireless-networks

Troubleshoot problems finding wireless networks
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Troubleshoot-problems-finding-wireless-networks

Delete and Disable Offline Files – Windows 7 Sync Center

To discontinue a Sync Partnership in Sync Center:

Open the Sync Center
All Programs / Control Panel / Sync Center

Select Manage offline files

From the General Tab, click on View your offline files.

An explorer window opens
Double-click on Computers

You should see the computer you are syncing files with.
Right-click on the computer icon and choose Delete offline copy

The local copy of your files are deleted
The network copy of your files should not be affected.

After the offline copy of your files are deleted you should be back at the Offline Files> Computers’ window.
Close Window
From the Offline Files Window, Click on Disable offline files

Immedietaly restart the computer to ensure the Offline Folders are gone and disabled
Select OK

Links:
Windows 7
Understanding offline files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Understanding-offline-files

Configuring New Offline Files Features for Windows 7 Computers Step-by-Step Guide
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff633429(WS.10).aspx

File Sharing and Offline Files Enhancements
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd637828(WS.10).aspx

Windows Vista
Understanding offline files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Understanding-offline-files

Changes to Offline Files in Windows Vista
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.11.offline.aspx

What’s New in Offline Files for Windows Vista
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749449(WS.10).aspx

Working with network files when you are offline
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Working-with-network-files-when-you-are-offline

Delete Temporary Files Used By Offline Files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Sync-Center-recommended-links

Windows XP
How to use offline files in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853

Use Offline Files When You’re off the Network
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/learnmore/offlinefiles.mspx

How To Configure Offline Files to Synchronize When a Particular Network Connection Becomes Active
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312171

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Additional Resources
Windows 7 Offline Files
http://www.windows7update.com/Windows7-Offline-Files.html

Use Windows Vista’s Offline Files to Access Documents Offline
http://lifehacker.com/5229808/use-windows-vistas-offline-files-to-access-documents-offline

How to relocate the Offline Files folder in Windows 2000/XP ?
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/cachemov.htm

Disable Offline Files
http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-7/disable-offline-files/

Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) – Links and Notes

Managing Activation Using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff686876.aspx

Manage Activation Using VAMT 2.0_White Paper
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=14779

Using VAMT 2.0 – Video
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/using-vamt-2-0/10tkzhtlq?cpkey=26be5c99-2410-4cba-a1f7-39dbd34b992d%7C%7C%7C%7C

Manage Activations Using VAMT_ [www.diendansvitc.net] – Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1rl2iF303I&feature=related

Managing Office 2010 Activations using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT 2.0) – Video
http://video.app.msn.com/watch/video/managing-office-2010-activations-using-the-volume-activation-management-tool-vamt-2-0/10tgrj96a

Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0 – Download
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=11936

Product Activation Using VAMT 2.0 – Download
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6237

Microsoft Licensing – Links and Notes

Key Management Service (KMS).
KMS uses a host computer to establish an activation service on your local company network. With a KMS host you can activate thousands of computers at the same time when they regularly connect to the company network. If you use a KMS host to activate Windows, you can use the same host to activate Office 2010.

Multiple Activation Key (MAK).
With MAK, each computer activates Office 2010 with the Microsoft hosted activation servers over the Internet or by phone. MAK is recommended when you have fewer than 50 computers to activate, and for computers that are not regularly connected to the company network.

Volume Activation
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff719787.aspx

Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Guidance – Downloads
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=10249

Frequently Asked Questions About Volume License Keys
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx

Fundamentals of Volume Activation
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd936198.aspx

Multiple Activation Key (MAK) Activation
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd936200.aspx

Key Management Service (KMS) Activation
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd936199.aspx

Microsoft Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=25095

Setting up your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client to work with Gmail (IMAP)

If you have a need or preference to receive your Google mail (Gmail) within your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client, you can do so by performing the steps on this page.

The first step is to sign into your Gmail account and enable the IMAP option from your Web Browser.
Once you are logged into your Gmail account, click the gear icon in the upper-right of the page and select Mail settings from the drop-down list.
Once on the Settings page, click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
Under IMAP Access Select Enable IMAP.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mail Settings page and click on Save Changes.

The next step is done from the Windows Control Panel
From Windows, open the Control Panel, and select Mail (32 bit)
Select Show Profiles…

Select Add…
A New Profile window will open.
Give the Profile a Name, such as Gmail, then click OK

Select Manually configure settings or additional server types, then click Next>

Select Internet Email, then click Next>

Under User Information, enter your display name and your Gmail E-mail Address.
Google Apps users should enter your full email address using your registered email domain, e.g. ‘JohnSmith@YourDomain.com.’

Under Server Information enter the information as shown here:
Account Type: select IMAP
Incoming mail server:  imap.gmail.com
Outgoing mail server:  smtp.gmail.com

Under Logon Information:
Your User Name is your Gmail Email address
Enter the Password you use to logon to your Gmail account

Click on More Settings…

Select the Advanced tab. Enter the information as shown here:
Incoming server (IMAP):  993
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select SSL.
 Outgoing server (SMTP): 587
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

The above ports are the default ports recommended by the Gmail website.  If you have problems sending or receiving email using one or both of these ports, you should go to your ISP’s website or contact them for information on recommended ports for email.

You can also try the Outlook default SMTP port.
Under the Advanced tab:
Outgoing server (SMTP): 25
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

Select the Outgoing Server tab.
Check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication
Select the radio button Use same settings as my incoming mail server.
Click OK

If you have other mail profiles listed as shown here, select Prompt for a profile to be used.
Click OK

Your Outlook should now have a profile that is configured for use with Gmail

Links:
Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for IMAP
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=77689

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for POP
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=86374&from=86373&rd=1

Use Gmail IMAP in Microsoft Outlook 2007
How-To Geek instructions to configure for IMAP
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/use-gmail-imap-in-microsoft-outlook-2007/

Add Your Gmail Account to Outlook 2007
How-To Geek instructions to configure for POP
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/internet/gmail/add-your-gmail-account-to-outlook-2007/

Adding Drivers into a Windows Server 2008 Windows Deployment Services Boot Image – Links and Notes

Note:
The functionality as described here is only available when installing images of the following operating systems:
Windows Vista with SP1 / Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008 R2

If you use or have used Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to deploy Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 images, one of the more common problems you may encounter is having the deployment process fail as a result of a missing compatible network driver in the boot image (boot.wim) used by the deployment server.  The network driver provides the neccesary level of communication needed between the deployment server and the system receiving a Windows image to allow for a successful deployment.

The process begins at the system receiving an image by the invocation of a Network Boot (usually a PXE boot).  The system will request an IP address via DHCP.  Once the system has an IP address, an administrator will have an option to proceed with a network service boot and begin the deployment process using WDS.  The boot image (boot.wim) is provided by WDS during this phase of the deployment.  The boot.wim needs to contain a compatible network driver for the network adapter on the system receiving the image.  Once the Boot.wim has a compatible network device driver available, the image deployment process can proceed.

With previous versions of WDS, the process to inject a new driver was command line driven, and that option is still available. It was an involved enough process that I never got around to working through the steps.  I tended to use what I felt were simple, alternative methods to complete the deployment, such as having a common network card I could quickly drop into a system, or use a compatible USB NIC.

With the version of Windows Deployment Services that comes with Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has included a GUI driven utility within WDS that makes adding new network and graphics drivers to the boot.wim pretty easy.

PeteNetLive.com has created a video that quickly steps you through the process of injecting a driver into the boot.wim.  I link to it below.  To help make the process go a bit more smoothly, I suggest creating a folder on the WDS server to hold any drivers you add. I created a folder called !DriverInjection within the Remote Install folder (RemInst share) on the deployment server. You can than make a subfolder for each driver you intend to add to the boot.wim.  Even if you are only adding one driver now, creating a simple structure to organize these drivers and keep them available will help if you add new drivers in the future, or need to round up the drivers again.

The link to the video that shows how to add drivers to a Windows Deployment Services boot image is currently available at PetNetLive.com and at YouTube.  See the links below

Links:

Adding Drivers into a Boot Image on Windows Deployment Services
http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000314.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSuH9fLVSA8

Managing and Deploying Driver Packages
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd348456(WS.10).aspx

Managing Driver Packages:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759155.aspx

-> Extract and Add Driver Packages:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759151.aspx

-> Scenario 1: Deploy Driver Packages Based on the Plug and Play Hardware of the Client:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd851642.aspx

Error message when you start a PXE client to connect to a WDS server on a Windows Server 2008-based computer:
“WdsClient: An error occurred while starting networking”
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923834

Network Service Boot
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786306(WS.10).aspx

Access Your Work PC From a Remote Location Using Remote Web Workplace

Important Notes:

  • These instructions were written for Small Business Server 2003 Remote Web Workplace
  • Remote Web Workplace requires Internet Explorer
  • Before you attempt to connect to your workstation, you will need to know the name of the workstation you are connecting to

Using Internet Explorer, go to the Small Business Server Remote Web Workplace Website.
If you are presented with the notice There is a problem with this website’s security certificate, select Continue to this website (not recommended).

From the Welcome to Windows Small Business Server 2003 page.
Select Remote Web Workplace.

If not presented with this welcome screen, proceed to the next step.

Enter your username and password and select Log On.

From the Main Menu, select Connect to Client Desktops.

Scroll thru the list of Computers and locate your workstation.
Highlight your workstation, then select Connect.

A Remote Desktop Connection window will pop up.
Select Connect.

You should now be presented with your work PC’s desktop and can logon and use your workstation PC.

Links:
Determine the Name of Your Windows 7 or Vista Computer
https://mooremn.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/determine-the-name-of-your-windows-7-or-vista-computer/

Enable and configure the Remote Web Workplace
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707955(WS.10).aspx

Determine the Name of Your Windows 7 or Vista Computer

To determine the name of your PC.
Click on the Start Button, this will bring up the Start Menu.
From the Start Menu, right click on Computer, this will bring up a second context sensitive menu.
From the context sensitive menu, select Properties.

This brings up a window that allows you to View basic information about your computer.
In the bottom third of the window, look for Computer name, domain and workgroup settings section.
Computer name is the first entry in this section.

Unable to Enter Text Within the Body of an Email Using Outlook Web Access (OWA)

When accessing your email using Outlook Web Access on an Exchange 2003 mail server, you find you are unable to compose or reply to a message.  Instead of being able to place your cursor in the body of the email message, you see a square with a red “x” in the body of the message.

This problem can occur as a result of a security update applied to the Exchange 2003 Server.  The workstation attempting to access Outlook Webmail does not have the current security update applied.

To resolve this issue:
Connect to your Outlook Web Access (OWA)
From your OWA, click on the “options” in the left Task Pane.

In the right hand frame, under the ‘E-mail Security’ option, select ‘Download’ to install or upgrade the S/MIME Control. This will download the S/MIME add-on.

A ‘Security Warning’ window should pop-up asking  ‘Do you want to run or save this file? Select ‘Run’.
Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

After installing the security update you may be presented with the notification: ‘This website wants to run the following add-on: Microsoft (R) Dynamic HTML Editing Control’.
Right click on the notification and select ‘Run Add-on’ to activate the control

The Red X should be gone and you should now be able to compose an email.

Links:
Implementing Outlook Web Access with the S/MIME Control
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998939(EXCHG.65).aspx

How to Install the Outlook Web Access S/MIME Control
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124432(EXCHG.65).aspx

Configure Message Security in OWA 2003
http://www.petri.co.il/configure_message_security_in_owa_2003.htm

Backup and Restore – Windows 7 – Links and Notes

Video: Backing up and restoring your computer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/backing-up-and-restoring-your-computer

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-and-restore-frequently-asked-questions

What backup settings should I use to maximize my disk space?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-backup-settings-should-I-use-to-maximize-my-disk-space

How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/using-backup-and-restore-in-windows-7/

How To Manage Hard Drive Space Used by Windows 7 Backup and Restore
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/7672/how-to-manage-hard-drive-space-used-by-windows-7-backup-and-restore/

Learn more about system image backup
http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/10/31/learn-more-about-system-image-backup.aspx

Replace Your Hard Drive Using Free Windows 7 Tools
http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/Replace-Your-Hard-Drive-Using-Free-Windows-7-Tools.aspx

Windows 7: BackUp and Restore
http://www.techlikes.com/2010/05/12/windows-7-backup-and-restore.html

Windows 7 Backup & Restore – What it should have been in Vista!
http://www.petri.co.il/windows-7-backup-restore.htm

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Links

 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (Technet)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gg635126.aspx

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Steps to Follow Before you Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 From the Microsoft Download Center
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505743

Learn How to Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
http://windows.microsoft.com/installwindows7sp1

How to Uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/uninstall-sp1

Service Pack Center
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/service-packs

SlipStream Microsoft Software – Links

 

Links – Slipstream Windows 7 Service Pack 1
5 Free Tools To Customize & Tweak Windows 7 Installation Setup
http://www.intowindows.com/5-free-tools-to-customize-tweak-windows-7-installation-setup

RT Se7en Lite
http://www.rt7lite.com

RT Server Customizer
http://2kr2.rt7lite.com

How to Build a Slipstream Windows 7 Install Disc
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/how-to-build-a-slipstream-windows-7-install-disc-715117

How To Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 Into Installation DVD ISO
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-slipstream-windows-7-sp1-into-installation-dvd-iso

stefanRTR’s Win Integrator
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/139748-stefanrtrs-win-integrator

Unattended Windows 7/Server 2008R2
http://www.msfn.org/board/forum/167-unattended-windows-7server-2008r2

Links – Slipstream Microsoft Office
Office System (2003) SP3 Slipstreaming
http://www.petri.co.il/office-system-2003-sp3-slipstreaming.htm

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Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) – Links

 

Links
Windows Recovery Technical Reference
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766048(WS.10).aspx

 Windows Recovery Environment (RE): The Solution When A Computer Won’t Boot (Windows 7)
http://www.petri.co.il/windows-recovery-environment.htm

Replace Default Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Recovery Environment in Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset Version 6.5
http://www.petri.co.il/replace-default-windows-recovery-environment-in-dart.htm

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Server 2008

 

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.

Some of the tools in this download package include:
DHCP Server Tools
DNS Server Tools
Failover Clustering Tools
Group Policy Management Tools
Hyper-V Tools
Server Manager

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed ONLY on computers that are running the Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7.

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
Excerpted from the RSA Tools Download page

You must be an Administrator on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack.

Only one copy of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed on a computer at one time.  Before you install a new package, remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7. This includes going from the Windows 7 version to the Windows 7 version with SP1 or installing RSAT for a different languages.

1. On a computer that is running Windows 7, download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 package.

2. Double-click to start the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Setup Wizard.

3. Complete the steps presented by the installation wizard, and then click Finish to exit the wizard when installation is completed.

Accessing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs and Features.

2. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off (See image).

3. Click Continue if you are prompted by User Account Control .

4. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.

5. Select the remote management tools that you want to install (See image).

6. Click OK.

Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut, if it is not already there.
1. Right-click Start, and then click Properties.

2. On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.

3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK.  Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.

 

Links:
Description of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 (KB958830)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958830

Download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7
http://www.petri.co.il/remote-server-administration-tools-for-windows-7.htm

Group Policy management for IT pros
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/group-policy-management-for-it-pros

Windows NT Backup for XP (1 of 1) Creating a Back Up

Issue:  Backing up data on a Windows XP System

Knowing how to back up your data is an important procedure that can help you recover photos, music and potentially hundreds of hours of work in case of a serious PC failure or malfunction.  Power loss, power spikes, hard drive failure, failing circuitry, your kids, viruses and many other issues can result in a loss of data on a PC. 

This article will cover the basic steps of creating a backup on Windows XP, using the Built-in Backup utility, also known as NTBackup.

XP Pro has NTBackup installed by default.  To use NTBackup for XP Home, you need to install it using these steps:

  • Insert your Windows XP Home CD.
  • Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder.
  • Double-click the ntbackup.msi file to install NTBackup.
  • You are now ready to use the XP Backup utility

Note:  You can click on any image to view it full size in a new window. 

To access the built-in Backup utility (NTBackup) from within XP Pro:
Select –  Start > Accessories >  System Tools > Backup

To proceed with the Backup or Restore Wizard, select next

From Backup or Restore, select Back up files and settings

Selecting What to Back Up

  • My documents and settings
    This selection back ups your data files including e-mail messages, address books, Internet Explorer Favorites, your Desktop and your personal settings. If the space available for backing up is limited, this is a solid option to insure you have backed up the bulk of your data.

What can this option miss? Some software programs don’t store the data it creates in the user profiles area.  If a product stores its data or important settings in its program folder or elswhere, this option will not capture that data.

  • Everyones documents and settings
    As this option indicates, this selection back ups all user profiles data files including e-mail messages, address books, Internet Explorer Favorites, your Desktop and your personal settings. Use this option if you have more than one active user account on the system and want to make sure the bulk of the data is backed up.

What can this option miss? As stated above, some software programs don’t store the data it creates in the user profiles area.  If a product stores its data or important settings in its program folder or elswhere, this option will not capture that data.

  • All information on this computer
    This option includes all data on the computer and creates a system recovery disk that can be used to restore Windows in the case of a major failure.  Selecting All information on this computer is the most comprehensive choice, but will also require a lot of available space to store the resulting backup file.

Note:  I have not backed up or restored with this option and I don’t actually know if this option creates a full functional ‘bare metal’ backup. The inclusion of the step to create a ‘System recovery disk’ would lead me to believe that it may.   However, I have been using Acronis True Image and Robocopy for my personal backups for many years, and therefore have never needed to dig that deep into it.  

  • Let me choose what to back up
    If you know that you have files to backup that are not saved under your profile or within the documents and settings folder, then this option will allow the flexibility to select items for backup.

For this example, I have selected Let me choose what to back up, this will allow us to dig a bit more into the backup interface and the available choices.

From here you can simply expand the available options to make backup selections. 

  • Your Computer – The first available option is your computer (shown in the image as WS-Acer-VM). If expanded, you will see all fixed drives, all mapped drives, and System State. This option presents the full range of choices available for backing up your data.
  • My Documents – Similar to the My documents and settings option explained above, this selection back ups your data files including e-mail messages, address books, Internet Explorer Favorites, and your Desktop .
  • My Network Places – Expand My Network Places and  you will see your mapped drives and other network locations such as available domains or workgroups.

In this example I made the following selections:

  • I’ve expanded my computer (WS-Acer-VM), and selected System State
  • I’ve also selected My Documents

Under Backup Type, Destination and Name, you choose a place to save the backup file and also name the file that will be created by the backup.
The destination really needs to be an external hard drive, a networked drive, or some other physical location other than your own hard drive. While it is possible to create backup jobs that will reside on your hard drive, it defeats one of the primary benefits of doing a backup, which is to have your data on physical media other than your hard drive.  Should your hard drive fail in any way, any backups on that drive may be gone or damaged with the drive.

Under Type a name for this backup, you can name the backup so that it provides some indication of its purpose, I am naming mine Weekly Backup.

Under Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard, select Advanced.  This will give us a couple of additional backup options, such as automating the backup so that it will run on a regular schedule

Under Type of Backup, select Normal
Normal will back up all files that have been selected. The other backup types have caveats that are currently beyond the scope of this article.

Under How to Back Up, you may have up to 3 additional options available to you.  If you are new to back ups, the only one I would consider is Verify data after backup.  However, be aware that it will effectively double the length of time it takes to run a backup.

Backup Options

  • Append – Selecting Append adds files to your current backup. Appending a backup means the backup file will grow in size.  Depending on the amount of data you are backing up and the size of your backup media, just a few appended backups could fill up your media .
  • Replace – Selecting Replace will overwrite an existing backup file.  This helps manage available space on your media. 

Notes:  Media refers to the device where you backup your data.  In the enterprise, media can include devices such as tape libraries or SANs (Storage Attached Network). In a smaller setting, external hard drives and thumb drives are two common and reliable methods for storing backups.

To avoid running out of space on your media, a typical backup plan will include a rotation schedule that replaces older backups at some point. 

Under When to Back Up,  select Later. You can now set a schedule so your backup will occur on a recurring basis.
Under Job name, I’ve called my job Weekly Backup – FullNormal, the option selected earlier under Type of Backup indicates all files that I have selected will be fully backed up each time this job is scheduled to run.
Select Set Schedule

Under Schedule Job:
Schedule Task: Set the task to run Weekly
Start Time:  Select a time when the PC will be on 
Schedule Task Weekly:  Select which day of the week it will run
Select OK
Set Account Information:  You will need to provide a user name and password that has the backup rights on the PC
Select OK
Back at the When to Back Up window, Select Next

Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard
This window provides an overview of your selected options, you can confirm details of the backup, such as where your backup will be created, and when it is scheduled to run.

 Links:
How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/using-backup-and-restore-in-windows-7/

Description of the Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=974674

Back Up Now or Be Sorry Later
http://www.microsoft.com/business/smb/en-ca/smallbiz/issues/sgcv2/security-guidance-centre/backupnoworbesorrylater.mspx

Windows Backup (Microsoft Backup) – XP
http://www.argentuma.com/backup/software/windows-backup.html

Data Backup and Recovery
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727010.aspx

Cannot Establish Remote Desktop Connection With Windows 2008 Server

  • This article makes an assumption that you are generally familiar with creating a Remote Desktop Connection, or have followed instructions available elsewhere to create a Remote Desktop Connection.
  • There are documents on the internet that do a fine job covering the building of a remote connection.  For information on configuring a Remote Desktop Connection see the article ‘Use Remote Desktop To Access Other Computers On a Small Office or Home Network’ under the Links section.
  • This article addresses a specific issue I have encountered with both Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.  This problem and a possible solution are covered here.

Issue:  One of the common tasks you might want to complete after building a Windows 2008 Server is to set up a Remote Desktop Connection to allow you access from your workstation or other remote location.  However, after you finish building a Windows 2008 Server, either as a stand-alone or a workgroup server, you are unable to establish a Remote Desktop Connection.

After creating the Remote Desktop Connection for your Windows Server, you get the following error:

Remote Desktop can’t find the computer “(Server Name)” . This might mean that “(Server Name)” does not belong to the specified network. Verify the computer name and domain that you are trying to connect to.

This can be caused by something as simple as typing in an incorrect Machine name in the Computer field.

However, the issue I have been encountering after completing the server installation is that (by default) the Network type is set to Public Network. This is a secure setting that limits discovery of other computers and the use of the network by the Windows Server.

If the server is on a secure network, or are using the server for training purposes, you can quickly open up the security on the system by setting the network to Private Network.  This will allow the server to see computers and devices, and makes the server discoverable. It also opens the port that allows the Remote Desktop Connection.

To Set the Network Location from Public to Private:
Open the Control Panel
Select Network and Sharing Center
The default Network is set to (Public Network)
Select Customize

Under Set Network Location
Set the Location Type to  Private
Select Next
Select Close
 

You should now be able to use Remote Desktop Connection software to remotely control the server.

Links:
Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd647502(WS.10).aspx

Use Remote Desktop To Access Other Computers On a Small Office or Home Network
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/9302/use-remote-desktop-to-access-other-computers-on-a-small-office-or-home-network/

Enable Remote Desktop
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794832(WS.10).aspx

How to Remotely Enable Remote Desktop (Terminal Services or RDP) via Registry in Windows 2000/XP/2000/Vista/2008
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/06/25/how-to-remotely-enable-remote-desktop-terminal-services-or-rdp-via-registry-in-windows-2000xp2000vista2008/

Configuring Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Administration
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Configuring_Windows_Server_2008_Remote_Desktop_Administration

Configuring and deploying Office 2010 – Links

Configuring and deploying Office 2010
Published: May 12, 2010

Creation of a basic Office 2010 Installation is fairly easy task to complete.  This link will take you to the recently released Office 2010 Resource Kit. It provides good basic guidance on creating and deploying a custom Office 2010 installation.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178982.aspx