Posts regarding the server and desktop products from Microsoft

Fix | Windows 10, “the connection cannot proceed because authentication is not enabled”

Ah security, the balance between not allowing access at all and allowing too much access. In Windows 10 Microsoft changed RDP’s defaults. They modified the default for “SecurityLayer… Source: Fix | Windows 10, “the connection cannot proceed because authentication is not enabled”

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How to enable RemoteApp (via RDP 7.0) within VirtualBox or VMWare running Windows 7, Vista SP1+ or Windows XP SP3

Excellent information for configuring a terminal server to publish RemoteApps. Source: How to enable RemoteApp (via RDP 7.0) within VirtualBox or VMWare running Windows 7, Vista SP1+ or Windows XP SP3

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Configuring RemoteApps

Excellent information for configuring a terminal server to publish RemoteApps.  

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“‘Microsoft.Policies.Sensors.WindowsLocationProvider’ is already defined” error when you edit a policy in Windows

Quick fix to an annoying error in Group Policy Management Console. Fixes an issue that occurs when the central store contains the .admx files from Windows 10. Source: “‘Microsoft.Policies.Sensors.WindowsLocationProvider’ is already defined” error when you edit a policy in Windows

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Upgrading Windows Server 2008 R2 Certificate Authority to SHA-256

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After implementing SSL for our WordPress site, I noticed that the padlock in chrome was not green. I knew because we were using a self-signed internal CA it wouldn’t be perfect, but I was still curious. So checking it through www.whynopadlock.com it indicated that the SSL certificate was using SHA-1 algorithm. Well, current searches revealed that […]

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Create Windows 8 VHD for Boot to VHD

Very good instructions for booting to a VHD for development purposes. How to Create Windows 8 VHD for Boot to VHD using simple, easy to follow steps – Harold Wong’s Blog with Geekie Thoughts and Insights – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

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Virtual machine fails to boot with a blue diagnostic screen

Trying to import the client’s workstations and servers into the current vsphere environment. After taking a system image within Windows, I mounted the USB device (with WindowsImageBackup directory in the disk’s root) and restored into the VM. Subsequent boot yielded BSOD. Stumbled upon this VMware KB article which solved the problem first shot. Click Start > Run, type regedit, and […]

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Creating a dual-boot WinPE 5.0 boot image (x86 and x64 support)

This is an awesome, easy to follow walkthrough for creating x86 and x64 WinPE boot images. Will definitely be using this frequently. Deployment Research > Research – Creating a dual-boot WinPE 5.0 boot image (x86 and x64 support).

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A Cup of IT: SCCM: How to structure Software Updates

Nice perspective on Windows Updates via SCCM. via A Cup of IT: SCCM: How to structure Software Updates.

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PL2303 Prolific USB Driver for Windows 8.1

Ever try to log onto a cisco switch console with a blue rollover cable on Windows 8.1? I had the problem of my USB-to-serial not working until I found this driver. Putty works great now! 1. Download the driver Profilic_Win8_x64_x86 and extract it 2. Open Device Manager3. Expand Ports (COM & LPT) 4. Right click […]

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