Published on 14 Jun 2013
Every month we are hit by Microsoft’s patchday. And every month the same workflow fires: learn about updates, test them, approve necessary updates, check compliance of machines and manually fix machines with failed updates . But don’t think you are done. You still need to update VM templates so that new VMs have the latest updates. I’d like to provide you with a useful script to automate this important task.
Published on 10 Jun 2013
Did you know that there are subtle differences how Wi-Fi works depending on the geographical region you are in? For example, you may have issues operating a US device in Europe. The device will not be able to see or connect to some wireless networks.
Published on 06 Jun 2013
I recently stumbled across the issue that a domain-joined host applied the domain profile of the Windows Firewall to all network connections. It seems this is by design because the Network Location Awareness stops evaluating network conditions as soon as the domain membership was discovered. Read on to learn how to force the firewall to apply different profiles to different network conditions.
Published on 20 Apr 2013
Ever since the Surface Pro was announced by Microsoft (review on The Verge), I was sure that this will become my new primary device. Two months ago I had the chance to get my hands on one of them and have been using it ever since. This will not be yet another review. It will be about my experiences, my enthusiasm and the compromises I had to take.
Published on 20 Apr 2013
It has been rather quiet in this blog and on Twitter as well. In fact, I have been working on a related project with three other IT Pros that has consumed a lot of my available time. I can finally break the silence and make the announcement that in Juli, Galileo Press will publishing our (German) book about Hyper-V and System Center.
Published on 19 Feb 2013
When Helge Klein and Ingmar Verheij publicly displayed their start menu, I found this to be a very intruiging idea. As I have switched to Windows 8 starting with the Consumer Preview in February 2012, I don’t have a start menu anymore. But still there are several applications that I use regularly.
Published on 19 Dec 2012
In a recent deployment of Remote Desktop Services with Windows Server 2012, I experienced a second prompt for credentials. It occurred after successfully authenticating with Remote Desktop WebAccess and launching a RemoteApp from the browser. This blog explains why the second prompt is shown and how to get rid of it.
Published on 20 Nov 2012
Several months ago I moved my entire demo environment to the cloud. Before that I was struggeling with the limitations of my laptop. Instead of sacrificing mobility for performance, I decided that its worth the extra money to rent a hardware box in the cloud. But then I was facing new obstacles when demonstrating use cases. The virtual machines are isolated in a virtual LAN which is not accessible publicly. In the end, it became a question of using destination network address translation (DNAT) or a reverse proxy to seemlessly access the virtual LAN.
Published on 17 Oct 2012
On 12.10.2012 I held a session at the NRWconf in Wuppertal about why vendors are pushing UEFI to replace BIOS with the release of Windows 8. Attached you’ll find my slides.
Published on 02 Oct 2012
I am really proud to announce that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in 2012. It has been for the third time in a row :-)