March 2011 Archives

FYI, pretty big deal if they actually get spoofed.


TechNet Gallery

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The TechNet Gallery is now open!

If you've ever been interested in what the Configmgr PXE boot process looks like, read the following article

Good blog post on helping people by giving the critiquing they need to acheieve.

I know I learned by reading this that I should ask if they want my advice first ;)


IE9: Five Changes CIOs Should Care About

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As you well know, IE9 was released Monday this week.  There are some interesting things with this release that helps bring IE9 much closer to our consumer needs/wants and helps keep it the leader in the enterprise for manageability.

you can get it at

For some highlights of the security enhancements see,

Add-on to run IE6 apps


Update:  Information from our TAM

Internet Explorer 9 FAQ for IT Professionals
Group Policy Settings Reference Windows Internet Explorer 9
This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Internet Explorer 9. The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Internet Explorer 5, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit).
Group Policy Settings (TechNet)
Microsoft® Windows® Internet Explorer® 8 provided nearly 1,500 Group Policy settings that IT pros can use to manage and control the web browser configuration. For example, Internet Explorer 8 provided Group Policy settings that govern access to settings on the Internet Options dialog box, define security zones, and add or remove websites in a security zone. Internet Explorer 9 adds new Group Policy settings to support new features. Table 3 describes some of these new Group Policy settings. Note that from Internet Explorer 9 Beta to Internet Explorer 9, a few additional policies have been added, based on new features in Internet Explorer 9 and user feedback.
Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 9
To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 9 as an important update through Automatic Updates for Windows Vista SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows Server 2008 SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows 7 x86 RTM and higher and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and higher for x64. This Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 9 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.

Other notes on IE9:

If you  run Java, make sure you update to Java 1.6 Update 24  as there are issues with earlier versions.


The Dell CAB files have been udpated!

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More on subselect queries...

To respond to Mark's question below. Yes, you should read the whole blog, there's lots of good stuff in there.

Otherwise, it's at:

Very interesting article on educated (or that lack there of) young males.

Twin Cities Power Shell User Group

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The Twin Cities has a PowerShell Group.  One more thing to put on the list :)

App-V 4.6 SP1 Released!

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We're downloading the upgrade right now and should we should have it out this week.

Here's an overview of what it gives us.

Feature Summary: 
  • Streamlined application sequencing - Improvements to the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer make packaging applications for App-V easier and faster.
  • Support for using a read-only cache on RDS - App-V 4.6 SP1 now supports using a shared, read-only cache in both VDI and RDS environments.
  • Support for sequencing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 - App-V 4.6 SP1 now supports sequencing the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.
  • Customer Feedback and Hotfix Rollup - App-V 4.6 SP1 also includes a rollup up of fixes to address issues found since the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 release.
For more overview, see
I found an interesting situation that I wanted to send it out broadly at the U to make sure that people are aware of this unexpected behavior when running an advertisement from the internet from home, not VPN'd into the the U's network.

A little back story. :) (if you don't like backstory, you can go to the link at the end...)  I had just rebuilt my machine with Windows 7 SP1 yesterday.  I had though I installed the anyconnect client, but unfortunately had not.  I tried running the CM-Anyconnect package on my laptop on my kitchen table and I got that standard error (content can not be found, it might be in the process of transferring... blah blah blah) Not being the patient type when it comes to wanting my software installed I downloaded it from the U's website and went about installing it (shocked faces all around I'm sure :).  As it turns out,  I did not have a working admin password for my laptop (totally my fault, but nonetheless I didn't have one).  Now I determined I was going to troubleshoot the issue.  After poring over the logs they basically told me that it wasn't running :(  So, the next step was to update the policy for the computer to make sure that I could download from the Internet-based server.  So I grabbed my personal laptop with the anyconnect client installed and VPN'd in and change and advertisement I had for my computer.  I updated machine policy and noticed in the DataTransferService.log that the policy downloaded and was updated.  So, I knew it was *likely* an advertisement or package problem, to do the easy on first I refreshed the package on the IBCM server.  No Go.  Then I thought to run a different advertisement from Run Advertised Programs.  After trying a couple one successfully ran.  I looked at the Distribution Point settings for that Advertisement, then I turned to Bing to see what I could find about it, after some searching I came across a forum discussion that pointed me to the below KB article.  I changed the Advertisement to fit one of the working settings, updated my machine policy, and voila!  the anyconnect package downloaded and installed!

Next steps:  I will contact our TAM to see if we can get a fix.  

3 days of free online training on Microsoft Virtualization. 


Day 1 will focus on "Platform" (Hyper-V, virtualization architecture, high availability & clustering)

10:00am - 10:30pm PDT:  Virtualization 360 Overview
10:30am - 12:00pm:  Microsoft Hyper-V Deployment Options & Architecture
1:00pm -   2:00pm:  Differentiating Microsoft and VMware (terminology, etc.)
2:00pm -   4:00pm:  High Availability & Clustering

Day 2 will focus on "Management" (System Center Suite, SCVMM 2012 Beta, Opalis, Private Cloud solutions)

10:00am - 11:00pm PDT:  System Center Suite Overview w/ focus on DPM
11:00am - 12:00pm:  Virtual Machine Manager 2012 | Part 1
1:00pm -   1:30pm:  Virtual Machine Manager 2012 | Part 2
1:30pm -   2:30pm:  Automation with System Center Opalis & PowerShell
2:30pm -   4:00pm:  Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM SSP 2.0

Day 3 will focus on "VDI" (VDI Infrastructure/architecture, v-Alliance, application delivery via VDI)

10:00am - 11:00pm PDT:  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 1
11:00am - 12:00pm:  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 2
1:00pm -   2:30pm:  v-Alliance Solution Overview
2:30pm -   4:00pm:  Application Delivery for VDI

Free Books from Microsoft Press | MicrosoftFeed

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Updated joeware tools!
Pretty easy patch month, only 3.

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