How to Deploy The Current Version of Adobe Flash using Group Policy in Active Directory

This one is easy: Download the correct version of  flash from Adobes offline flash installer site http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/fp_distribution3.html Copy the .MSI to a location on the network which all PC’s can see Start GROUP POLICY MANAGMENT CONSOLE and right click on the appropriate OU (or the domain root) and select CREATE A GPO IN THIS DOMAIN AND LINK IT HERE Drill into COMPUTER CONFIGURATION, POLICIES, SOFTWARE SETTINGS right click on SOFTWARE INSTALLATION and select NEW PACKAGE point…

How To Deploy Oracle/Sun Java Silently In a Corporate Environment with Group Policy in Active Directory OR Using a Script

After watching THIS video explaining that in 2010, Java was the most exploited product, I decided we need to update our Java to the current version. We came up with two ways to deploy Java; one through a group policy (GP) in Active Directory (AD), two, through a script with minimal user interaction. PREWORK: Download the current OFFLINE version of Java from Oracle/SUN Run the Installer but don’t click anything (i.e. just start it so that…

Everything I Know About Windows Remote Assistance, Easy Assist and PNRP (Peer Name Resolution Protocol)

I was trying to set up the Windows Remote Assistance tool (built into Windows 7) so that I could remotely control a users desktop and they could watch what I was doing.  I got this to function in about 2 minutes at my house but could not get it to function on an corporate network.  After much playing this is what I found: You MUST have Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Options…

Free Security Software – Updated This Week – AntiVirus, RootKit Cleaner

Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.5.0.0 was updated this week and is a popular free tool that will enable you to detect and remove an installed rootkit. Complements your existing security software. Talking of security software, Comodo Internet Security 5.4 was updated this week, along with Comodo Firewall 5.4 and Comodo Antivirus 5.4. SUPERAntiSpyware 4.52 Free was updated, whilst we wait for the final release of v5, due soon. http://www.betanews.com/article/16-mustsee-downloads-you-may-have-missed-this-week/1304718724 If you are stuck you will also find…

SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject IE9 Internet Explorer 9 Into an Existing .WIM or RTM Version of Windows 7

Unlike SP1 for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 is relatively easy to add to an offline image through command line: Please ignor the line wrap on some of these commands.  It is is bold, it is all one statement. Download your version OS’s Version of IE 9 HERE. Create a folder named c:\temp\ie9 Create a folder named c:\temp\mount Extract the Internet Explorer cab files using the -X switch (like IE9-Windows7-xxx-xxx.exe -x:c:\temp\ie9) Delete IE9_SUPPORT.CAB Extract your WIM file…

SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 Into An Existing Offline RTM Build .WIM

Wow, there is a lot of misinformation out there.  Here is how I did slipstreamed Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 (and this should be the same process for Server 2008 R2). These instructions require you to have WAIK – Windows Automated Install Kit, which you can get HERE. PREWORK – Prepeing the SP1 To Be Used In OffLine Mode: Note that some of this pre-work can apparently be done using THIS script file, but…

SOLVED: Your Searches Might Be Slow Because The Index Is Not Running

Windows Server 2008, R2, SBS 2008, R2 and SBS 2011 do not install the indexing service by default so you end up with very slow searches and errors / alerts that look like: and your desktop searches from Windows 7 and Vista, of network shares will be very slow.  You want something that will connect your desktop search to the servers index of files (and their contents) so that searches of the network are near…

Windows 95 Could In Theory Install on the Memory that is Integrated On The CPU!

New CPU’s have between 4MB and 8MB of Cache Memory on them and that is all that Windows 95 required to run (and you did not even need a CD rom): System requirements for installing Windows 95: 4 megabytes (MB) of memory (8 MB recommended) 386DX or higher processor (486 recommended) Typical hard disk space required to upgrade to Windows 95: 35-40 MB The actual requirement varies depending on the features you choose to install.…

SOLVED: What is the 100MB System Resevered Partition on All Windows 7 Boot Disks?

If you look at your “DISK 0” in DISK MANAGEMENT on Windows 7 you will see a hidden 100MB NTFS partition.  This partition is created early in Windows 7 installation process and it contains Boot Loader and system tools.  The idea being that if the partition you are using for data and programs becomes corrupt or damaged your machine will still be able to boot up and you can use the tools to recover or repair…

How to EASILY Create Videos From Still Pictures and Video Clips

I recently completed a Lunch & Learn on how to EASILY take any number of still photos / graphics and add it to video clips to make a single video using just FREE Microsoft software. The primary tool is Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 and this course covers: preparation adding and editing still pictures and video’s finding free music, adding it to the video and editing the background music pushing the resulting video to YouTube.com The…

SSD and RAID, What You NEED to Know

Originally, this post was titled:  “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1 (Mirror), don’t.” but after many more hours of calls to Intel and pages of reading I can safely say: “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1,5,6,10…, go right ahead!” THE PROBLEM WITH ‘TRIM’: SSD’s perform two writes for every one you ask them to do.  The first write, wipes…

Performance Improvements Between Old and New Netbooks (as Compared to a Standard PC)

Intel recently released the new NM10 chipset which enables the newest Atom CPU’s, the dual core + dual hyperthread N550, which support 64 bit Windows.   I already own an LG x110 with a very nice Atom 270 (roughly the same performance as the Atom 450) and I wanted to know the performance improvements between the old and the new netbooks.  Sooo, I downloaded www.passmark.com ‘s free and easy benchmark software and this is what I…

Cannot Adjust Power Settings on Your Samsung Laptop?

To be direct the answer is disable Samsung FAST START program. Samsung’s own software overrides Windows 7 POWER OPTIONS settings and greys out several options, including: REQUIRE A PASSWORD ON WAKEUP POWER BUTTON AND LID LID CLOSE ACTIONS POWER BUTTON ACTIONS SLEEP BUTTON ACTION FAST START is enabled by default and it claims to ‘enable’ the laptop to enter sleep mode whatever the power settings. In fact it forces sleep mode by hard setting all the power-off options…

How To Disassemble Seagate 3TB GoFlex Drive and Use it Internally

Seagate does not sell a 3TB external drive (as of December 2010) but I needed one. The only other drive today is Western Digitals 3TB but it is slower, and I am not a fan of Western Digital… oh ya, and the Seagate 3TB EXTERNAL was $40 LESS expensive that the 3TB WD INTERNAL.  This made my decision to rip appart a brand new Seagate 3TB GoFlex drive an easy one. Check out our video —————–…