Thursday, March 31, 2011

Deployment Options for UEFI based Computers

Today’s blog will discuss support for UEFI with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and other deployment tools.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

How to use DISM to install a hotfix from within Windows

Hello, my name is Emmers Presson. I am a Support Escalation Engineer for Microsoft in the Windows Core team.

The purpose of this blog is to give you the steps to install a hotfix (or any other “package”) on the currently running operating system using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command.

Source : Ask the Core Team blog

System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

This article describes the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista-based computers, for Windows Server 2008-based computers, for Windows Server 2008 R2-based computers, and for Windows 7-based computers. Microsoft released the System Update Readiness Tool to resolve certain conditions that could cause installing updates and other software not to work. You do not have to manually run this tool. This tool is offered automatically through Windows Update to computers that have a condition that the tool could resolve.

After you download the System Update Readiness Tool, it runs a onetime scan for inconsistencies that might prevent future servicing operations. This scan typically takes less than 15 minutes to run. However, the tool might take significantly longer on some computers. The Windows Update progress bar is not updated during the scan, and progress seems to stop at 60% complete for some time. This behavior is expected. The scan is still running and you should not cancel the update.

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Web Pros Series video – Week 9 - URL Rewrite, ServerVariables, URL Parts, HTTP to HTTPS Redirect

Web Pro Series / Week 9 / URL Rewrite, ServerVariables, URL Parts, HTTP to HTTPS Redirect

Source : Scott Forsyth's Blog

Error 0xC000022 when installing Service Pack 1 for Win7/2008R2

You may receive the following error when installing Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2:


This can be due to McAfee Host Intrusion Protection being installed on the system.  To workaround this problem, disable the following option in McAfee:  Startup IPS Protection Enabled

More information is available on this thread:
Source : The Windows Servicing Guy

Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 Released

Some of you probably noticed a new download showed up today:
The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 SP1

Be sure to read the “readme” that goes along with this at:
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme

A quick Q&A that I assembled from information in this readme and our own MDT testing ...
Source : Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

[OS X 10.6] CreateMobileUserAccount error 4100

If you tried to logon on a MacBook Pro (OS X) with an Active Directory account you may have seen the following error in the system.log :

createmobileaccount[4146]: MCXCCacheMCXRecordAndGraph(): [localNode createRecordWithRecordType:dsRecTypeStandard:Users name:"paradisj"] == 4100 (Unable to set value or values for dsAttrTypeStandard:Password in the record.)

First of all, many thanks to Travis J. Garrison who pointed me in the right direction.

The problem was that I had two accounts in our Active Directory with the same value for the email attribute. The logon with the first account worked fine, but I wasn’t able to logon with the second one (on the same Mac).

The DirectoryServices.Error.log gave me the identity of the first account :

T[0x0000000102281000] - CDSLocalPluginNode::AttributeValueMatchesUserAlias(), alias exists in file /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/paradisjtest.plist

I had to change the email attribute (AD) of the first account and refresh the cache (MCX_cache) of the first account :

mcxrefresh -n paradisjtest -a

After that I was able to logon with both accounts.

Question :
Why does Apple used the email and displayName attribute as an alias of an account when those two attributes are not unique in Active Directory ?

(It’s not a bug, it’s a documented feature)

Microsoft Anwsers

A few days ago Microsoft launch a redesigned “Microsoft Answers” site. The new version introduces a “reputation model” that helps identify “good” answers provided by experts.

The new site had a performance issue which now seems to be resolved. Maybe they should post a question about it

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