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Microsoft ConfigMgr 2012 – Client Log Files

A lot of things changed with the coming of ConfigMgr2012 (for now it’s in the state of RC1). Loads of people already wrote articles about what cool new features and goodies came with ConfigMgr2012, I instead want to have a closer look on troubleshooting, as I am in the middle of a RC1 deployment at a customer’s site.

Log Files

If you’ve already worked with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007,

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Servergespeicherte Profile mit dem Profile Migrator 2.0 migrieren

Die Migration servergespeicherter Profile ist – wie schon von der Version 1.1 des Profile Migrator gewohnt – in drei einfachen Schritten realisierbar.

Als Erstes wählen wir die zu migrierenden Quellprofile aus. Das kann über Organisationseinheiten des Active Dirctory, über Verzeichnisse, über Netzwerkfreigaben oder durch die manuelle Eingabe des Pfades geschehen

Jetzt kann die Basis der neuen Profile wahlweise über ein Musterprofil ermittelt werden, oder durch die Angabe das Pfades zu einem Default Profile.

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The Danger of Machine Account Password Changes

Every so often I am asked to help analyze weird issues when assigning group memberships or permissions – accounts are not found and the Event Log shows unsettling messages. Many of these situations can be traced back to the operating system using a different machine account password than the domain is aware of.

Yes, Machine Accounts Have Passwords!

Just like user accounts, a machine object in Active Directory has a password to identify the machine and to protect the machine account.

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Fixing Office 2007’s Quick Access Toolbars With Citrix User Profile Manager

Not sure where user profile management might be useful? Here is an example that should apply to almost everyone. The obvious new user interface feature of Microsoft Office 2007 is the ribbon. But there are numerous other UI enhancements over Office 2003. One of these are the Quick Access Toolbars. If you are not sure what I am talking about: the following screen shot should give you an idea (from a German version of Office,

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How to Determine the Windows Installation Date with and without PowerShell

There are many ways to determine when Windows was installed. Here are some of them.

Systeminfo

The systeminfo tool displays a lot of interesting information about the computer and the operating system, among them the installation date. Here is some sample output:

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Host Name:                 WIN7
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
OS Version:                6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
Original Install Date:     9/17/2009,

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Where is the Hosts File on Windows x64?

[A German translation of this article is available at faq-o-matic.net.]

The subtle differences between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows present so many intricacies and pitfalls that even Microsoft employees seem to have trouble getting it right. I just stumbled upon a KB article that describes how to reset the hosts file to its original state. The topic alone is funny enough – it is not as if the default hosts file contained great amounts of data.

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Mandatory Profiles – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A mandatory profile is a special type of roaming profile. As with a roaming profile, a mandatory profile is copied from its network location to the local machine during logon. But during logoff, changes are not copied back. Instead, the local copy of the mandatory profile is reset to its initial state at the next logon. In essence, mandatory profiles are read-only roaming profiles. This has advantages, but also severe drawbacks. The Good Since mandatory profiles are read-only,

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Deleting User Profiles – Correctly

Commenter Steven asked in response to my article on how not to delete local user profiles for the correct way to script the deletion of user profiles. Here is how. For completeness sake I start with the manual method.

Deleting Profiles Manually

  1. Open the control panel applet „System Properties“ and navigate to the tab „Advanced“. I know of the following shortcuts for this often needed dialog box:
    • Press Win+Break
    • Press Win+R to open the run dialog box.