Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

(Microsoft) Vendor specific DHCP options explained and demystified

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 12th, 2013. Posted in Demystified, Other

DHCP servers can send vendor specific options to clients to granularly control configuration. Microsoft clients are out-of-the-box prepared to receive Microsoft Windows specific options while Microsoft DHCP servers have the ability to send DHCP options only received by Windows clients.

Some applications use the content of a DHCP option to receive configuration data, for example Microsoft Lync or RES Workspace Manager. Since this applications only run on Microsoft Windows its no more than logical to only send this option to Windows clients.

In this article I’ll explain how this mechanism works and how you can send Microsoft Windows specific DHCP options from a non-Microsoft DHCP server (like a Linux or Lucent-Alcatel VitalQIP appliance).

Prevent online content in Visio

Written by Ingmar Verheij on March 11th, 2010. Posted in Office

When the first document in Visio 2003 is opened / created using templates from Microsoft Office Online (which is default), the user gets a question about updating links from an online source.

If you wish to prevent this message you can set the following registry keys:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


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RE: Installing Windows Features with Windows PowerShell

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 17th, 2010. Posted in Deployment, PowerShell

Recently my colleague Robin Plomp wrote an article about installing features in Window Server 2008 R2 (or Windows 7) with Windows PowerShell scripts:

“I ‘m a big fan of the new version of the Windows server platform. I’ve recently deployed 6 Windows 2008 (64) R2 servers. On one of the servers I am going to install Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2. One of the prerequisites is .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This can be installed in the ServerManager under Features. This means you have to scroll down a long list of Windows Features. There has to be an easier way.
Enter the world of Windows PowerShell!”

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Although PowerShell is a great tool for installing features, or performing other tasks, it isn’t necessary for automated installation of features.
Enter the world op “Deployment Image Servicing and Management(DISM)” or dism.exe (located in the system folder)!!!

Microsoft product life cycles / Windows 8 & Server 2012

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 2nd, 2010. Posted in No category

A former Microsoft developer, Chris Green, “accidently” published a PDF which shows the product life cycles of the Microsoft products. Altough its a draft document from a unverified source, it’s still interesting to get some insights in the product life cycles of the product range.
Two of the most interesting items in the list are the products “Windows 8” and “Windows Server 2012” which are scheduled for july 2011 and july 2012. Besides the Windows platform there are more interesting product releases scheduled, like Office 2012 (july 2012), SQL 2011 (july 2011), Sharepoint 2013 (july 2013), Exchange 2013 (july 2013), etc. etc.

Microsoft Roadmap DRAFT

Please keep in mind that the source is unverified and there are questionmarks in the document. You can you use the document as a first reference in your roadmap planning, not as a reliable source 😉

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