Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DEP causes old applcation or modules to crash

Every now and then, you have to run older software that do not comply to newer ways of doing stuff. One of the problem you might run into is the “Data Execution Prevention” feature in short just called DEP.

To learn more about the DEP feature you can go here:
it is an old article for Windows XP and Server 2003, but still explains it right.

The way that the software behaves are often that it does not start and gives you a “Software” has stopped working error message. However, in some cases the software works until you call up features that crashes with DEP. This is what happened to me to day.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Upgrading Windows 8 Enterprise to 8.1

Upgrading to Windows 8.1 for Enterprise version users are not as simple as other versions. You cannot upgrade from the Windows Store and it will not be available as a old time "Windows Update" option.

It is intendent that this is a task for the IT Department, that will do this using tools like "System Center Configuration Manager" or "MDT". If you have access to the Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO file you can do this directly from the CD of course. But beware that you need an Windows 8.1 Enterprise key or update on your KMS

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unidentified network problems

One of the most annoying thing is sitting with a problem you know that you have solved before but you do not remember the solution too anymore. That is just what I now have spent the last 2 hours doing.

I am sitting and testing out Windows Server 2012 R2 and DirectAccess feature, and suddenly my domain controller are not reachable from any other computers on the network. I only have one domain controller since I am using Microsoft Lab guide setup, so this means nothing works. All other server and computer can communicate. Some testing shows me that I can ping the server name but with IPv6 address only, no response on IPv4. Checking out the network settings shows that the «Network Location Awareness» service reports the network on the domain controller as an «unidentified network» and automatically sets it up with a «Public network» profile.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

KMS Client Setup Keys to use during deployment

If you are using KMS server or stuff like creating templates without using you licens key you can use KMS setup keys. This keys cannot be activated but works for deployment scenarios where you have to type in a key under installation. For instance Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 ask for a key if deploy With MDT, then you can use the keys.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Using the summer to get smarter

If you do not want to use the summer to be sunburned or eaten by mosquitos, and in stead doing some brain sit-ups you can visit Microsoft’s “Join The Tech Elite” webpage.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Windows phone reboots on Telenor network

Normally I am happy with my Windows phone. I have the Nokia 920, and have been using it for almost a year. But for the 3-4 months it have restarted itself every now and then, lately it have done this several times each day. After my trip to New Orleans, I discovered that it did not restart at all, but it only used 3G instead off 4G. Arriving back in Norway the phone began to restart again. I changed the setting too only use 3G and now it is stabile again.

After talking to a friend with right connections about this, he could confirm that there is a bug at Telenor that causes this to happen when using 4G. There will be a fix for this, hopefully soon, but for now, I just use the 3G. Slower but better than a restarting phone.
The problem is not related to Nokia phones, so I have seen this problem on other phones too.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Command sheet from my teched session

Several people have been asking for my cheat sheet with the commands used during my demonstrations at TechEd. Yes I do cheat, don't want to use time troubleshoot fatfinger problems.

So here are the list, remember that the presentation also includes code pages with more stuff, like lots of wmi entries


The music I played at TechED NA

I have had lots of request after the music I played before my session yesterday on TechEd here in New Orleans. Even the sound enginer asked me :-)

It was actually a Norwegian Group called Magickal Era, with there brand new song "Human Love"

You will find them on Spotify, youtube and other places

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Updating your WIM file with DISM

If you want to patch up your Windows image file (wim file) with the newest patches you can use the DISM commando. The DISM commando are available in Windows 8 as default or as a part of the WAIK or ADK download from Microsoft.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TechED session getting closer and some recommandations

Soon I will leave for TechED and New Orleans, looking forward to both TechED and the city, never been in New Orleans before and always wanted to go. I am sure it will be amazing.
My session is getting ready and I can promise a lot of demonstrations, for now it looks like it will be 9.
Seeing is believing :-)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Showing saved credentials

Sometime you just get frustrated, you have forgotten a password and you know it is saved on of your computers. However, you need to use it from another device or maybe use it with a mail client program instead of webmail. In many cases, you can just ask for a password reset, but if you have changed email since you first time create a user on that service it will not work, or it can be a service without the possibility to reset.

I had the experience myself just the other day. For me it was a NAS box (network storage device), that I for the first time in ages need to access as admin instead of using it as an ordinary file service. To make things difficult I had changed IP address on the device since last login from my computer so the automatic login from the computer that had stored the password did not recognize it as a saved connection. What to do now!

Maybe one of the most ordinary examples for when you need this tip I am going to give now is for users that have saved their password for web pages like facebook or twitter, or mail. Mail is the typical thing user’s just setup once and never ever thinks about again, so when transferring the typical home user over to a new computer you need to request the password from the provider. Well as long as the old computer are still running, there might be a better way!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Free Azure training in Bergen


There will be free Microsoft training on Azure in Bergen 11. April. It's in Norwegian.


12: 30– 13:15 Introduksjon til Windows Azure v/Olav Tollefsen
Vi går gjennom Windows Azure plattformen med fokus på de nye Infrastructure
as a Service funksjonene (Virtual Machines, Virtual Network).

13:30 – 14:30 Integrasjon med Windows Azure v/Morgan Dahl Simonsen
Hvordan kan Windows Azure integreres med ditt eksisterende nettverk og
tjenester? Vi går igjennom hvordan du etablerer VPN-tilkobling til Windows Azure, hvordan
kjøre Active Directory domenekontrollere i Windows Azure og hvordan føderere og
synkronisere ditt on-premise Active Directory med Windows Azure Active Directory.

14:45 – 16:00 Administrasjon av Windows Azure med PowerShell v/Morgan Dahl Simonsen
Hvordan administrere Windows Azure med PowerShell? Vi går igjennom oppsett
avtilkobling mot Windows Azure for PowerShell og viser hvordan du kan¨automatisere
hele din cloud-plattform.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Breakfast seminar on Windows Server 2012 slides now online

The slide from the breakfast seminar in Bergen and Oslo (and Haugesund next week) are now ready for online viewing or download and can be found HERE

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Video from Nic 2013 are now available

Both my session from Nic 2013 are available now.

You can find them by entering the NIC web page or by using my shortcuts.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Creating a lab environment

Personal Labs

Microsoft have created lots of test lab for us geeks to try out different Microsoft stuff easy.

The range of product and technologies are wide, we will find basic things like “Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up IPv6 in a Test Lab” to learn more about IPv6, and more sophisticated guides that also might be more product focused like the “Test Lab Extension: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection”.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MDT Template creation settings

Working with a longer blog about MDT template creation, but for to nights MTUG - MDT session here are the necessary settings for the Template creation share:


What are your configuring and tuning challenges in Windows 8?

Next week it's time for the Nordic Infrastructure Conference - NIC.

One of my session are:

Configuring & tuning Windows 8

How do you configure your clients? We will show you the new Group Policies in Windows 8 and other tools to make your system better and more secure. Expect demos and tips from Microsoft Springboard and Technet. And of course lots of Windows 8 stuff like tuning the new start menu, Windows store and more.

So if you have any problem, wonderings, questions or have discovered something important you want me to share with the audience and the rest of the world later in webcast, feel free to send a twit to #olavtwitt or e-mail to
Everything used will be creditet in the presentation

Create a group for all Autopilot devices

Working with Autopilot and need a group covering all AutoPilotet enrolled devices? Michael Niehaus has this covered in his blogpost:  Autop...