Category Archives: Microsoft Windows 8

How to determine the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 version on your USB Install Media or DVD

It’s never been easier to install pre-release versions of Windows and Windows Server, then with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Downloadable ISO files were abundant and could be used for virtual machines on all major virtualization platforms, ISO files could be burned with a built-in tool in the previous version of Windows (Windows 7) […]

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Expiration dates on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Pre-release versions

About two months ago, I wrote a blog post on determining your Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 pre-release version. With that information you could then determine the (possible) in-place upgrade paths. In this blog post I’ll show you the expiration dates of the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 pre-release versions, so you’ll know […]

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Pictures of the Technical Track of the October 11 “Samen Slimmer” event

Yesterday was a special day. For the first time, my employer organized a customer event for over 300 people at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam on a piece of technology not even available mainstream. We dubbed the event “Samen Slimmer met Windows 8 en Windows Server 2012”, an event title that roughly translates to […]

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New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 20: Dynamic Access Control (DAC)

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series New features in AD DS in Windows Server 2012

For the last years, we’ve been modeling the business into group memberships and their associated access control lists. For some organizations this has even led to changing the way they performed business from before they automated their business processes. For other organizations, this has resulted in token bloat. It’s time someone changed that and introduced […]

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Three useful ways to get started with Group Policy in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 offer a lot of new functionality. Of course, a lot of this functionality can be centrally managed with Active Directory through Group Policy. But how do you find the Group Policy settings that are new to these two Operating Systems? How do you find that specific Group Policy setting […]

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Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8

If you want to remotely manage a Windows Server-based infrastructure  from a Windows-based workstation, you will need the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). If you want to use Windows 8 to manage all the new Windows Server 2012 stuff remotely, you will need the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8. The Remote Server Administration […]

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New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 16: Active Directory-based Activation

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series New features in AD DS in Windows Server 2012

Windows Genuine Advantage and Windows Activation has been hunting admins trying to make their legally purchased volume licenses seamlessly work for them for years.

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Five must-have Group Policy settings to create an uniform look for your Windows 8 clients

For ages, organizations deploying Windows installations wanted a uniform look for their machines, to work on their professional image towards employees, partners and customers. Now, in Windows 8, a couple of new Group Policy settings have been introduced to centrally manage the new user interface features. In this blogpost I’ll discuss the five new Group […]

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Five must-have Group Policy settings to protect peoples privacy in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10

Windows 8 offers new Group Policy settings to protect the privacy of the people using the computer, and also comes with a slew of new security features, that (surprise, surprise!) can also be centrally managed with Group Policy.

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Five must-have Group Policy settings when your colleagues use 3G / 4G connections with Windows 8 devices

With wireless connectivity getting available in an increasing number of countries and locations, the business value of having access to wireless networks on the go (whether they are 3G or 4G networks) is getting more clear. However, where some of the providers still offer flat fee subscriptions, most of them these days work with a […]

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