Windows XP is DEAD… THANK GOD!

Microsoft notified it’s corporate partners last week that the system integrator portal used to downgrade Windows 7 Pro / Ultimate to Windows XP Pro will be taken down after Friday, October 22nd. This means that Source Code will no longer be able to provide downgrade keys as a courtesy to it’s customers after that date. Also, systems will no longer be able to be built with Windows XP Pro installed on them. Microsoft has guaranteed…

Screen Misalignment

Another easy, fast but annoying  IT Gag.  THIS GAG REQUIRES THE USER TO HAVE TWO SCREENS.  If you user has only one, this will not work.  Most people, even techs, do not remember that every version of Windows since Win95 supports a minimum of 9 screens.  The idea was that you should be able to build a 3×3 screen video wall… and you can if you have enough video cards and monitors.  To make a…

Screen Shot Desktop

This is a simple IT Gag which I have never seen anyone else do before.  I like to think I invented it!  I can assure you that it is easy, fast, and really obnoxious. Take a PRINT SCREEN of you buddies desktop Save it as a .JPG Set that .JPG as the wallpaper.  The victim will not likely notice this for some time, which makes it all the better.  This will drive him nuts as he tries…

Blue Screen Of Death

This practical joke is always a winner and we have twist on it to make your friends nuts.   Just run either of the below on your friends machine and see if they lose their mind. OPTION 1: TYPICAL BSoD SCREEN SAVER You can downloaded the Blue Screen Of Death BSoD Screen Saver from me or directly from the Microsoft SysInternal page HERE.   In case you are wondering why Microsoft produced this… they didn’t… SysInterals produced it and then Microsoft bought…

How to Install Windows 7 Group Policies on a Windows 2008 R1 Domain

by Ian Matthews – September 13, 2010 REQUIREMENTS: This will only work if your domain is running at Server 2008 R1 (with any service pack).  If you have R2 of 2008, then you already have this policy templates and so this is a waste of your time.  If you have 2003, I think you are toast (but I am not certain). As always these instructions are provided without warrenty or support so be careful. PROCESS:…

How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010 BRIEF HISTORY: Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users.  Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy.  Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS.  This is a pain in the butt to figure out. GROUP POLICY: To have Group Policy manage printers…

How To Upgrade Exchange 2010 to SP1

by Ian Matthews – September 7, 2010 Like previous versions of Exchange, the Service Pack is the full version.  In other words, there really isn’t an upgrade version to download.  You download the Exchange 2010 WITH SP1 and if you already have Exchange 2010, it will automatically detect the existing install and perform an upgrade. This install was pretty pain free other than the pre-req’s.  They were a pain.  As those prereq’s get added to…

Microsoft makes second push to upgrade households to Windows 7

By Ed Oswald | Published September 1, 2010 Betanews.com …Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it would be bringing back its Windows 7 Family Pack discount program. The offer gives multi-computer households the opportunity to upgrade three PCs to Windows 7 Home Premium. The deal is available beginning October 3 at a price of $149.99. This is a considerable savings over individual upgrades: a single copy of Home Premium alone retails for $129.99. It is unclear…

How to Configure an Authoritative Time Server on a Windows Domain

Prepared by Ian Matthews Written April 21, 2010, Last Updated March 27, 2018NOTE: This is MY cookbook for ForeFront 2010 installs and you should use with caution.  As usual my instructions are provided without warrenty or guarentee of any sort. Since NT4 I have had troubles setting a Windows Domain to sync with an external time source.  I have blown hours trying get this configured and even worked with Microsoft support a few times.  Microsoft has…

How to Convert a Physical Server to a Virtual Server

Prepared by Ian Matthews Feb 16, 2010, Updated March 9, 2010 As with all my documents, there is no warranty on these instructions.  They are based on my training and experiences but are provided without me accepting liability for damage… be careful!  These instructions assume that you know how to create a simple virtual machine using Hyper-V. Everyone in I.T. is abuzz about converting Physical Servers to Virtual Servers and if you are reading this…

Should You Use an IDE or SCSI VHD in Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Prepared by Ian Matthews February 11, 2008, Updated March 9, 2010 The short answer, USE IDE ON HYPER-V.  Read on for details and why many people are confused about this. Today I had to convert a server with a 500GB data drive from a physical to a virtual machine.  This was a problem because I (wrongly) understood that IDE Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) used in Hyper V (on both Server 2008 and R2) was limited…

How to Migrate Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 13, 2009, last update Unlike the SBS2000 to SBS2003 upgrade process, the SBS2003 to SBS2008 procedures are clean.  The first thing you need is new hardware.  NOTE: This process below is offered with no guarantees and we accept no liability.� To keep an otherwise complex process simple, it is provided in a terse point form. SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Process PREWORK Backup the Existing SBS 2003 Server Clean…

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 / SBS 2008 Tip & Tricks

Prepared by Ian Matthews, April 5 2009, last updated July 2 2009 The following list of things to know about Server 08 and Small Business Server 08 are based on my experiences and research.  This list is mainly for my (and my tech’s) to keep track of tidbits.  If you follow any of these items, you should be careful and backup your systems in advance, we accept no responsibility for these.  And that gets us…

How to Legally Image Windows PC’s With an OEM License

By Ian Matthews   January 22, 2009    NOTE: The author will not accept responsibility for damages as a result of following the suggestions below.  They are provided “as is” and you need to verify these facts with your Microsoft licence in your country  Since the new licencing model release in January of 2007 (about the time Vista was released) Microsoft has had several public articles which state you must own an OEM licence AND an Open…