Windows Enterprise Desktop:

December, 2012


December 28, 2012  5:30 PM

Interesting gaps between Win8 UEFI install theory and practice

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After posting about Windows 8 UEFI Install on December 19, 2012, I've now been through that exercise enough times to have learned some "don'ts"...

December 26, 2012  4:37 PM

Free mini-Win8 Dummies Book Free from Dell

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Chances are better than average that those who read this blog won't themselves benefit from this information. But most IT pros have friends, family, and perhaps even co-workers or fellow staff members who could benefit from a quick-n-easy introduction to Microsoft's latest and greatest desktop...


December 24, 2012  4:56 PM

Interesting Norton Troubleshooting Adventure

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Last Thursday, right after applying the second MS12-078 patch to my production Windows desktop machine, Identity Safe in Norton Internet Security 2013 quit working. I didn't have time to deal with this until the weekend, and worked around the loss of access to my password vault because I'm...


December 21, 2012  5:19 PM

Interesting Out-of-band Windows Update MS12-078

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Security bulletin MS12-078, originally released on 12/11/2012, was updated yesterday (12/20/2012). This is a critical patch that seeks to address "vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode drivers [that] could allow remote code execution," so it's a pretty big deal. The update has to do with...


December 19, 2012  8:00 PM

Windows 8 UEFI Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

OK, I admit it. I’m often a “better late than never” kind of guy. I’ve been writing about UEFI and Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 since

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December 17, 2012  7:29 PM

Windows 8 Barely Registers at NetMarketShare

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Windows 8 has been out for almost two months now in GA form, but the numbers at NetMarketShare still barely register its presence. A quick look at the November 2012 OS pie chart shows that...


December 14, 2012  6:49 PM

Windows 8 Client Hyper-V Hides Interesting Architectural Details

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When is a PC not really a PC? When it's a virtual machine (VM), of course. In that case, software is used to emulate a physical machine of sorts, as well as the operating system and applications it supports. Burning with curiosity this morning, I fired up DriverAgent to see its takes on what...


December 12, 2012  11:04 PM

Client Hyper-V (Win8) VMs: Lessons Learned

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I’m editing an upcoming book for Sybex from my friend and sometimes co-author Darril Gibson. Its current working title is MCSA: Microsoft Windows 8 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-687 and 70-688 (ISBN-13: 978-1-118-55687-0), and it’s chock-full of interesting and useful...


December 10, 2012  8:19 PM

Make DISM Your Go-To Image Management Tool in Win8

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Desktops

If you work with Windows desktops, especially virtualized ones, you're probably already wise to the wiles and virtues of working with Windows images, probably using some mix  of virtual disk (.vhd or .vhdx) and Windows image (.wim) file formats. As you begin to work your way into Windows 8 images,...


December 7, 2012  4:17 PM

Create Your Own Refresh Image for Windows 8

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Windows 8 offers at least one major improvement over previous Windows versions -- namely, the ability to refresh the underlying operating system while keeping personal files intact. That said, if you use the built-in Windows image file for that purpose on your Windows 8 machines, you'll end up...


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