Entries by Luke

Stuck at a Black Screen and Connecting on a vCloud console

On a computer running Windows 7 x64 SP1 Enterprise running Internet Explorer 11 browser, I had issues connecting to the console of Virtual Machines hosted by VMWare vCloud. This was resolved by completing the following: Adding the website to the Trusted Site list Adding the website to Internet Explorer’s compatibility list Updating Java on the […]

Configuration Manager Queries

One of the best uses of Configuration Manager is its ability to query and actually make use of the data in a dynamic and automated way. This is just a quick post with a few Configuration Manager WQL queries I have created or collected that may be useful to someone. Feel free to use them, […]

Install Visio 2010 Standard instead of Premium

Unfortunately, volume license editions of Visio 2010 install Premium by default – this can then be downgraded to Visio standard by changing the Product key to Standard edition. However – come annual Microsoft True up you don’t want any surprises or manual intervention! This is how you can change Visio to be installed by Standard […]

Capturing Windows boot performance with the Windows Performance Toolkit

The Windows Performance Toolkit, developed by Microsoft has 3 separate tools and are key to solving a lot of boot and general performance issues: •    Windows Performance Recorder •    Windows Performance Analyzer •    Xperf Download Windows Performance Toolkit This can be downloaded by going to the Microsoft website and looking for the latest Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit […]

Database error when making changes to DHCP reservations

“An error occurred while accessing the DHCP database.” One of the issues I have ran into since an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 DHCP servers – was due to multiple processes access the DHCP database when I was attempting to Create or Modify a DHCP v4 reservation. Adding an exclusion to DHCP.MDB file for […]

DFS Namespace service not starting after a reboot

Distributed file System (DFS) has some service dependencies – so if those don’t start the DFS Namespace service will also not start. The dependencies are: Remote Registry Security Accounts Manager Server Workstation I have seen the Remote Registry service become the culprit of the DFS-N service not starting. In my experience – this has been […]

Upgrade MDT 2013 to MDT Current Branch

Upgrading MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) is generally not an issue – the main points are: Upgrade the Windows ADK before upgrading MDT. Make sure you have a backup (or can restore to a pre-upgraded MDT) of the Deployment Share – the Upgrade will upgrade the schema of the MDT database – including allowing new ADK […]