How to Discover 16-Bit Applications Before Migrating to 64-Bit Versions of Windows 7

How to Discover 16-Bit Applications Before Migrating to 64-Bit Versions of Windows 7
By Andreas Stenhall, Microsoft MVP — Windows Expert – IT Pro

When companies migrate to Windows 7, most of them look at deploying the 64-bit version of Windows 7. The x64 architecture of Windows does not support running 16-bit applications as the 32-bit version does. Unfortunately, 16-bit applications are still widely in use—even though you might not know it.

You can use the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) to take an inventory of all applications on your client machines. This is a great way to find applications when migrating to Windows 7. The ACT inventory does contain information about 16-bit applications that are still on client computers and being used in your business, but there is one slight challenge.
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How #Microsoft secures its data in a worldwide environment

This Microsoft IT Showcase slide gives you an overview how Microsoft secures its data. Maybe little bit outdated but still informative to get a picture of the high-level basics how to secure your corporate data.

Corrupted Name Resolution Table (NRPT) #DirectAccess

Last week I had some issue’s with connecting to corporate network by DirectAccess. The System Log pointed me tot the following: Event ID: 1023 Source: DNS Client Events. Name resolution policy table has been corrupted.

For some reason, the rules that come from DA GPOs had been duplicated. The originals from GPOs were named as “UAGDA Rule1” to “UAGDA Rule3” and the duplicates were named simply “Rule 1” to “Rule 3”  (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\DnsClient\DnsPolicyConfig). Continue reading “Corrupted Name Resolution Table (NRPT) #DirectAccess”

Introduction to Windows #Intune | part 1 – Infrastructure overview #sysctr

Last week I was at Microsoft site following a technical workshop of Windows Intune.

Windows Intune is a cloud based services which provides client management solution for managing and securing PC’s for small and midsize companies in any location throughout the internet. Today companies are facing challenges in managing PC’s. Think about multiple configurations, different versions and licenses. Lack of insight and reactive response instead of pro-active to support issues are topics on top of mind of administrators. Windows Intune provides online PC management from anywhere over the internet. The management console is browser-based (Silverlight is required), so administrators can be anywhere. Windows Intune requires no server infrastructure, offers per-seat licensing and it is easy to deploy, use and maintain.

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#Forefront #UAG 2010 SP1 | #DirectAccess Resources

Past few weeks I have been involved with the implementation of direct access to one of our customers. This implementation was successfully achieved by using the following resources:


Planning & Design

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Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RTM, released to OEMs today ?

Microsoft has removed references to the final SP1 build for Windows 7 from an official blog post.

The software giant confirmed the golden version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 on Friday in a Russian blog post. Microsoft officials edited the post late on Friday to remove references to 7601.17514.101119-1850 and confirmed that some details of the post were inaccurate. The post was updated with the following disclaimer:

“Microsoft Has Not Released SP1 to OEMs at this time, Though We Are on Track for a Q1 release, AS We Previously Announced. The Comments made in this blog entry included Some inaccuracies.”

Microsoft’s wording is vague and many are taking this as confirmation that the company has not signed off on Windows 7 SP1. Microsoft’s statement does not clarify whether SP1 is finished, it simply states it has not been shipped to OEMs yet. According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft has sent out internal announcements to mark the RTM of Windows 7 SP1. Russian site Wzor confirmed the RTM too and has leaked several versions of Windows 7 SP1 for various languages.

At this time it’s not clear why the company is refusing to confirm the RTM milestone publicly. WinRumors asked Microsoft officials multiple times to confirm whether Microsoft had reached the RTM milestone for Windows 7 SP1 but company officials would only reply with “Microsoft has not released SP1 to OEMs at this time.” As always, we’d advise against installing leaked bits on production machines but at this time we’re confident build 7601.17514.101119-1850 is the final RTM.

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Windows 7 and Office 2010 End User and Enterprise demos with Windows 7 Demo Toolkit

The Windows Demo Toolkit is a collection of resources that makes demoing the Windows® operating system as easy as possible. Created by the Windows Product Marketing team, the Windows Demo Toolkit complements other guidance and marketing materials provided by Microsoft®. Every demo includes all necessary materials, easy-to-follow setup instructions, and demo scripts that are easy to learn and which resonate with customers.

The heart of the Windows Demo Toolkit is the Foundation Suite, a deployment of Windows 7 tailored specifically for use in demonstrations. The Foundation Suite uses Windows Setup to install onto your PC in minutes, and includes must-have software like Microsoft Office 2010 Beta and Windows Live™ Essentials. Windows Demo Toolkit demos leverage and extend the Foundation Suite, making them easier to download and install.

The Windows Demo Toolkit features a growing collection of “click-through” demos—screen capture-based representations of products and scenarios in action. Click-through demos perform well even on PCs with modest specifications, and are a useful alternative to “live” demos, especially those that require complicated environments or additional hardware. In addition, every click-through demo includes a Preview Mode that displays messaging and click-steps to help you get up-to-speed quickly.

The Windows Demo Toolkit takes the work out of building demos so you can focus on making the sale.