Windows

Anything concerning Windows be it Windows client operating system, Windows Server operating system, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone and more.

Active Directory and DFS-R Auto-Recovery

Back in January 2012, Microsoft released KB2663685 which changes the default behaviour of DFS-R replication and it effects Active Directory. Prior to the hotfix, when a DSF-R replication group member performs a dirty shutdown, the member would perform an automatic recovery when it came back online however after the hotfix, this is no longer the case. This behaviour change results in a DFS-R replication group member halting replication after a dirty shutdown awaiting manual intervention. Your intervention choices range from manually activating the recovery task to decommissioning the server and replacing it, all depending on the nature of the dirty shutdown. What we need to understand however is that a dirty shutdown can happen more often than you think so it’s important to be aware of this.

Slow WDS PXE Clients and Bad Memory

The machines in question were all configured with 6144MB of RAM in the form of three 2GB DIMMs. What we didn’t notice at an early stage and why would you, was that some of the machines exclusively had three DIMMs of HP certified Micron memory in them however it transpires that our faulting machines had a combination of HP certified Micron memory and Hynix HP certified memory.

FitBit App for Windows Phone 8.1

I’ve been using FitBit for nearly a year now and I’ve been happy but today I got happier. I today learnt that the official Windows Phone app for FitBit was released last week for Windows Phone 8.1 and when used on a Nokia Lumia device running the Lumia Cyan firmware update allows you to sync the FitBit Flex device. This is obviously not new as it’s something that Android and iOS users have been doing since the inception of FitBit but for us fellow Windows Phone users, we have been tied and limited to using the FitBit Connect service for Windows PC. It was only for the work of a fellow Windows Phone community user that we’ve had any application at all which has been great to have but it just sadly lacked the ability to sync with the phone.

Internal Speaker Stops Working on Nokia Lumia 925

So today I had a weird issue. The internal speaker on my Nokia Lumina 925 stopped working. When making calls, the third party could hear me but I could not hear them. If I set the phone to loudspeaker then I could hear them just fine. I knew that their shouldn’t have been anything wrong with the phone persay as I’d used it the afternoon previously to make a call to a friend.

ENG and Comma Buttons on Windows Phone 8.1 Keyboard

After I did my Windows Phone 8.1 Official upgrade yesterday to rid me of Windows Phone 8.1 Development Preview and the temporarily blocked upgrade due to issues with BitLocker, I noticed that my keyboard for writing email and SMS text messages was missing the comma button and instead, I had a button labelled ENG.

I’d seen this issue before when I first got my handset from Vodafone and the issue is that the phone ships with both the English (United Kingdom) and English (United States). The ENG button is to allow you to switch between the two languages but it’s a real pain because it moves the comma button to the symbol and numbers sub-keyboard which breaks your flow when typing.

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 Review

In this post I’m going to show you Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 which is a really nice product from Microsoft for customers with access to Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). MDOP is available as a free entitlement to customers with Software Assurance on their Windows Enterprise Desktop licenses. UE-V is designed as a 21st century replacement to roaming profiles.

Microsoft EMET 4.1 Review

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is something which has seemingly been around for years, a little known and less travelled piece of Microsoft software. In this post, I’m going to explore what EMET is, what it has to offer and briefly how it works.

Windows XP End of Support

Yesterday was crunch day for many people out there still running Windows XP as Microsoft support for the aged operating system ended. Yesterday was significant being Patch Tuesday, the usual monthly release cycle of Windows Updates across the Microsoft operating system and product lines but for Windows XP, this is supposedly the last.

Build 2014 Day 1 News

If you are a Microsoft fan, this was a really big week for you. The Build conference always gets all the new toys (as do the attendees to pay back their ticket prices).

Last week Office for iPad was announced and released which was amazing for the Apple community but yesterday, Microsoft really rolled it’s sleeves up and delivered the goods for Windows and Microsoft users. The new features, updates and announcements are wide sweeping and as the updates and products are released, more will no doubt be learnt.

WMI Filter Features on Demand GPO

Last Week, Yung Chou from Microsoft put up a post about using Group Policy to provide Features on Demand for Windows Server 2012 R2 and how this can help in restricted environments where servers don’t have access to Windows Update to retrieve on-demand features such as .NET Framework 3.5 or where you don’t want to be left manually providing UNC paths to operating system media.