Sunday, November 27, 2011

Show hidden hidden devices in device manager

Back in the "old" days there was a registry setting to show all hidden devices in device manager
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]
Just add "DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES" as a REG_SZ (String Value) with valuve 1
You have to use this to show devices that was not shown even after turning the "View - Show Hidden Devices" on.
So no, its not a typo in the title, its to show hidden hidden devices
Yesterday I got a great tips, that makes it posible to do the same thing with out addning registry setings.
How to use it can be found at this Microsoft articel here

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Music weekly #2 Mike Oldfield, The Doors and Screaming Pigs

Second entry in the Music weekly post series, added late on the sunday, but I made it.

Mike Oldfield have done alot of great music, but he also like to play around with it. One of my favorites by Mike Oldfield are one of his stranges songs. Just listen to the lyric.

Mike Oldfield - Altered State Spotify link
Mike Oldfield - Altered State Youtube link

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Windows 8 and application compatibility

Sitting and playing with a Fujitsu q550 tablet and have had some driver issues.
But in Windows Explorer you have know this cool buttons:

I managed to get in drivers app by using the "Troubleshoot compatiblity", some it automaticly fixed (even suggested it when the installation failed) and some it tried to use the XP settings, but it need to bee Windows 7.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Music weekly #1 Fish, Marillion and something weird

Starting a new weekly blog posting this week. Will share my week's musical highlights, lowlights and maybe nolights.
Will of course dedicate the first entry to Fish the Scotish poet with a stage present that encapsulate his audience with his combination of charm, golden tonge and his own blend of
seriousness and humor.
For Wikipedia info go here

Sadly there is not enough songs on Spofity from Fish but an always highlight is his song for the fans.

Fish - The Company Spofity link
Fish - The Company YouTube link

And some fun stuff, Fish (during his Marillion years) with Queen

Can not forget his Marillion years so here you have
Marillion - The Singles '82-'88 Spotify Link
Marillion - Kayleigh  Original video on YouTube, just because its the most know song

The man can sing loves songs with feelings

Well Olav, there is only highlights here what about lowlights/nolights.
This "artist" deserve respect, and have humor and self-ironi. I am no fan of his space adventure (does that exclude me from being a nerd?) but love Boston Legal and Shit my dad says

William Shatner - Iron Man Spotify link
William Shatner - Space Oddity Spotify link

William Shatner - Iron Man YouTube link
William Shatner - Space Oddity YouTube link

Respect for self-irony

Linux running on Hyper-V

A great news for people wanting to run Hyper-V but have problems setting up the Linux integration components on there linux VM's. Micosoft have been working hard after the code intended to ble implimentet into the kernel back in 2009 was rejected and have now been accepted into the next kernel version.

The changes will be availabe in Linux kernel 3.0.0 and will be a major step in making Hyper-V the best choice for virtualization undependent on what you want to virtualize.

More details can be found on David A. Wheeler's Blog here

Monday, November 14, 2011

NIC 2012 Speaking engagement

In january I will be speaking on the Nordic Infrastucture Conferense in Oslo. For more info about the conference you can visit

The list of speakers are impressiv and contains some of the best speakers world wide and on all your favorite Microsoft technologies ranging from powershell to the cloud.

For a list of speaker syou can go here

My topic this time are on management and SCOM 2012

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 11, 2011

MDT 2012 Beta 2

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Now available: MDT 2012 Beta 2

Reliable and flexible OS deployment-now with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Welcome to the MDT Beta program! As an MDT Beta program member you have the opportunity to test-drive the next version of MDT-version 2012!

Download MDT 2012 Beta 2 now!

Beta 2 of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is now available for download! New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever! For System Center Configuration Manager customers, MDT 2012 Beta 2 provides an improved, extensible wizard and designer for customizing deployment questions. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. MDT 2012 integrates with configuration templates from the Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to ensure a secure Windows installation from the beginning of the deployment. Download the latest version of MDT and improve your deployment experience. Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes and a smooth and simple upgrade process.


  • Fully use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment.
  • Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality.
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users.

With MDT 2012 Beta 2, the feature improvements span all installation scenarios. The latest version of MDT offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012. MDT 2012 offers integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for Lite Touch Installation remote control and diagnostics. Beta users now also have the ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012. MDT 2012 offers improved support for Configuration Manager 2012 while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007. New monitoring capabilities for currently running deployments ease Lite Touch Installation through an improved deployment wizard user experience, and enhanced partitioning support ensures that deployments work regardless of the current structure.

New Features:

For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)
  • New User-Driven Installation components for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012:
    Extensible wizard and designer, additional integration with Configuration Manager to deliver a more customized OS experience, support for more imaging scenarios, and an enhanced end-user deployment experience
  • Ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

For Lite Touch Installation:

  • Integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for remote control and diagnostics
  • New monitoring capabilities to see the progress of currently running deployments
  • Support for deploying Windows to computers using UEFI
  • Ability to deploy Windows 7 so that the computer will start from a new VHD file, "Deploy to VHD"
  • Improved deployment wizard user experience

For all customers:

  • Integration with configuration templates from the Security Compliance Manager Solution Accelerator, ensuring Windows is secure from the start
  • A simple mechanism for running Windows PowerShell scripts during a deployment, with task sequence environment and logging integration
  • Better partitioning support, creating the recommended partitioning structures on new computers and ensuring deployments work regardless of the current structure
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users
  • Many small enhancements and bug fixes

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The hunt for EventID's

What should you look for when you go into the even viewer in Windows?

Is there any events that are more important that others?

Of course but its not just easy to know what you should be looking for, going to this site and you will have a better overview of what EventID there is.

A little list over important security related events

EventID - Event
  4782    - The password hash an account was accessed
  4720    - A user account was created
  4722    - A user account was enabled
  4740    - A user account was locked out
  4625    - An account failed to log on
  4649    - A replay attack was detected
  4728    - A member was added to a security-enabled global group

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Free ISCSI Target from Microsoft

Microsoft have made the Iscsi Software Target available for public download. So if you have a Windows Server 2008 R2 you can use it as a NAS device. Not recommended for big solutions, but perfect for test/demo and small companies/ branch offices.
It's real perfect for testing out clustering featues, like Hyper-v, Exchange and so on.

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI

More info here

And download are here

If download link are missing just go to Microsoft download center and search for Microsoft ISCSI Software Target (and you will also find the never version when it arrives ;-)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Strange Referring Site :-)

Just watched statistics about where my readers are coming in from, and I think one of the users that was referred might feel tricked :-)

Or maybe (s)he has a realy weird fetish, until now not know by the medical socity.
Lets call it Geekophil, a none techincal person with only enough computer knowledge too browse porn site, with a craving to read technical content while... Well, lets us just stop there. 

Great Data Protection Manager Bare Metal Recovery Guide

Twitter is a great media, you get lots of info, tips and like in this case a guide.
This bare metal recovery guide are easy and well explained, so I recommend it for anybody using Scdpm and haven't berformed a bare metal recovery yet, or if yo want to understand the product better.

End off year and first set off conferences and speaking engagements for 2020

2019 2019 was a busy year (as most off them usually are). Lots of conferences and speaking engagements, Nordic Infrastructure Conference...