Microsoft has published a free ebook “Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller. This book gives all the capabilities of System Center App Controller and how you can implemend this great software in Cloud environments.
Download the free ebook here.
In Windows 2008 R2, users have the ability to change their DPI settings. When users change their DPI settings, they have to logoff and login again before the new settings are live. But….what if you’re using mandatory profiles. When the users logs off, the profile is unloaded and the settings are also gone!! The users are logging in again, and the new and “clean” mandatory profile is loaded, whitout the DPI settings!
When you’re using RES Workspace Manager, you can save the DPI settings when the users logoff and load the settings when the users login, also when you’re using mandatory profile! By default there are three options to choose:
1.) Smaller – 100% = 96 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)
2.) Medium – 125% = 120 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)
3.) Larger – 150% = 144 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)
Use the following steps to save the DPI settings for your users.
1.) Create a new global Zero Profling setting within RES Workspace Manager
2.) Save a registry value HKEY_Current_User\Control Panel\Desktop\LogPixels
3.) Login with a mandatory profile and change your DPI settings
4.) Logoff your session (now your DPI settings are saved using RES Zero Proling)
5.) Login again with a mandatory profile and look for your DPI settings
Today kicks off the Unitrends “Countdown to Doctor Who” giveaway. We’re counting the days to the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who (Nov 23) and celebrating with gift cards and Doctor Who themed giveaways.
All you need to do is browsing to the Unitrends website and download Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) for VMware or Hyper-V. You can also win a ¤25 giftcard. Just tweet your love for #DoctorWho and mention @Unitrends. Unitrends will select 10 Twitter winners per day, how cool is that!!
A really great and powerfull new feature within Hyper-V 2012 R2 is “Bandwith Management”. With this new feature, you’re able to limit the bandwith of a particular VM. So for example, if you have a VM that generates a lot of network traffic, you can limit the bandwith. To show how powerfull this feature is, I’ve builded a small demo environment.
I’ve created two VM’s. They’re connected through the same Virtual Switich “Internal – LAN”. To generate some network traffic, you’ve have also need some data. To create some testfiles or dummy files, you can use the tool FSUTIL.exe. This tool is default available in Windows 2003 and later. In my testlab I’ve created some testfiles. The size of an dummy file is calculated in bits, so to create a file of 1 GB or 5 GB looks like:
1024 * 1024 * 1024 * 1 or 5 (or another size in GB). So first you’ll get the Bits, then Bytes, then Mega Bytes, then Giga Bytes.
1 GB = 1073741824
5 GB = 5368709120
C:\Windows\System32\fsutil file createnew D:\dummy_1GB.file 1073741824
C:\Windows\System32\fsutil file createnew D:\dummy_5GB.file 5368709120
Just copy the “dummy” files from VM1 to VM2 and let’s see how many throughput we have without some limitations. After that, I’ve enabled bandwith management and limit the VM one 15 MBps, that’s not that much Let’s copy the “dummy” files again….now you see that the network traffic stocks at 15 MBps. That’s gonna take some time to copy all that data
In this example you’ve seen how powerfull the new bandwith management feature is within Hyper-V. Whitout bandwith management, there’re no limitations at all. With bandwith management enabled, you can just give that much bandwith to a particular VM you want. That’s really great and really powerfull!!
There are a copple of great events during the year. Microsoft TechEd, MMS, TechDays….but there’s is another great event upcoming! ExpertsLive 2013. This great event is the place to be for every IT Pro. With more then 30 speakers, 30 sessions about the newest Microsoft products. System Center 2012, Hyper-V 2012 R2, Server 2012 R2, Exchange 2013, Windows Azure, SQL 2012 and a lot more!!
There are only a few tickets left, but how cool is it to win a FREE ticket for this great event. Im really honoured that I had the possibility to give away a FREE ticket for ExpertsLive 2013. Just send an personal message on Twitter to @Mark_Swinkels and tell me why you should win this FREE ticket for ExpertsLive 2013! I’ll pick one lucky winner of all the messages.
Information about ExpersLive 2013 and the program of all the session can be found at http://www.expertslive.nl
Today I’ve cleaned up my data folders on my laptop. Look what I’ve found between all those virtual machines and ISO’s….yes indead, some comics of TechEddie That’s a long time ago, but it was a good and funny time!
By default, there’s no shutdown, logoff or restart button anymore in Windows 8 and 8.1. Microsoft has released a script to create these Windows tiles. You can download this script in the Windows Gallery. In this example I’ve created the Windows tiles in Windows 8.1 using RES Automation Manager 2012.
1.) First create a Windows share where you put the PowerShell module for the Windows tiles
2.) Next I’ve created a new module with some Powershell commands
Set-Executionpolicy unrestricted -force
3.) when you run this module on your RES AM agent(s), the new Windows Tiles will be created
Very usefull in a large environment with Windows 8 or 8.1
The first time when you boot your new installed Windwos 8 or 8.1 machine, you get the Browser choice screen. In my situation I want to use Internet Explorer and don’t want to let the users choice what browser they are going to use. You can disable the browser choice screen with a simple registry key. You can use the following command to disable the browser choice screen within MDT or SCCM infastructures.
REG ADD HKLM\Software\BrowserChoice /v Enable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Set the key to 1 if you want to enable the browser choice screen. Set the key to 0 if you want to disable it.