Category Archives: Microsoft Windows 8.1

Get started with managing Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 through Group Policies

Last year, I posted Three useful ways to get started with Group Policy in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 last month, it’s time to look at managing Microsoft’s latest and greatest Operating Systems: Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 offer a lot […]


Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 12, Assigned Access

Since Windows 8, Microsoft is moving its developer ecosystem to write apps for The New Interface, formerly known as Metro. With their immersive, scaled appearances and touch optimization, these apps can be used for a wide variety of experiences. Alas, the kiosk experience for apps in The New Interface was not one of these experiences […]


Managing your Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2-based networking infrastructure with the Windows 8.1 RSAT

Managing a complex networking infrastructure can be as challenging as upgrading it to the latest version. While some organizations have adopted jump servers to allow admins to effectively manage their Windows Servers, other organizations rely on the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). Now, with Microsoft’s new dynamic release schedule, it has become easier to upgrade […]


All my devices now upgraded to Windows 8.1

As Windows 8.1 was released yesterday, I started upgrading the devices I use as my daily drivers in my extended Bring-Your-Own experiment and my lab environment. Also, I added an older system to prove a colleague Windows 8.1 does, in fact, run on 8 year old hardware:


Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 now Generally Available (GA)

In a flurry of product releases, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 today.


Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 11, Internet Explorer Enhanced Protected Mode

When Microsoft builds an Operating System (OS), it has to build it to last. Windows XP endured a continuing blast of malware for the last 13 years. In particular, Internet Explorer 6 has seen a lot of vulnerabilities and saw the start of people moving away from Internet Explorer to the likes of Google’s Chrome […]


KnowledgeBase: Update adds support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 clients to Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 KMS hosts

I’ve written before on Active Directory-based Activation. This new activation method allows domain-joined Windows 8 clients, Windows 8.1 clients, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2-based member servers to be activated and deactivated automatically based on their domain membership. I’m very fond of this feature. However, for many enterprise organizations, Active Directory-based Activation is […]


I’ll be speaking at Experts Live 2013

On November 29th, several Dutch user groups, like, System Center User Group, Windows Azure User Group, Dutch PowerShell User Group, PASS (SQL) and the Windows Management User Group join forces to present the Experts Live event.


I will be speaking at NGNs and NGIs shared BYO Event

As you might know, I’ve been actively engaged with the Dutch Networking User Group (NGN) in the past years. In recent events, this user group has announced its intent to merger with the Dutch Platform for ICT Professionals (NGI). I’m happy to announce that heir first event together, Mobiel Werken 2013, is one of my […]


Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 10, Group Policy Caching

As an admin, you’ll want to centrally manage the devices of your organizations. This reduces urgent helpdesk incidents and gains trust from your colleagues. On the other hand, much of the security you put in, slows down their devices. Anti-malware has been accepted as a necessary evil by most of your colleagues, but long logon […]