Windows 8

PowerShell Voodoo for Beginners

I’ll be speaking this Saturday, October 27th at PowerShell Saturday 003in Atlanta. My session is officially titled “PowerShell Fundamentals for Beginners”. A guest blogthat I wrote about PowerShell, my session, and the event was published yesterday on the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog at Microsoft TechNet so take a look at it and the brief description of my sessionon the PowerShell Saturday 003 website for more details. It’s getting close to Halloween so I picked up some special treats in the New Orleans area this week to give out during my session to people who answer questions:

Use PowerShell to Check for Processor (CPU) Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) Support

The hardware requirements for using Hyper-V to run virtual machines on a Windows 8 client states that a 64-bit system that has a processor (CPU) that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) is required. A minimum of 4GB of RAM is also required. How do I know if my Processor (CPU) supports Second Level Address Translation? You could do like most blogs on the Internet state and use Coreinfo: You have two additional choices if you already have Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Installed.

The Mount Option for ISO’s is MIA after installing a Third Party CD/DVD Application on Windows 8

There’s no longer a mount option for ISO’s after installing a third party CD/DVD burning application such as ImgBurn on Windows 8. The Mount option is MIA (missing in action): There’s no reason to panic or resort to a system restore to resolve this issue. Simply click “Choose default program” as shown in the previous image and select “Windows Explorer”: The “Mount” option will then be available when right clicking on an ISO image:

How to Unmount an ISO file in Windows 8

Prior to Windows 8, I used a program called Virtual CloneDrive to mount ISO’s. Once the ISO was mounted, it could easily be unmounted by selecting the “Unmount” option: ISO’s can natively be mounted in Windows 8, but there’s no “Unmount” option. To unmount an ISO, right click on the drive letter of the mounted ISO and select “Eject”: While writting this blog, I also discovered that “Eject” is an option with Virtual CloneDrive as shown in the first image that can be used to unmount an ISO.

How to Install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on Windows 8 RTM

There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is based on what I’ve read on the Internet, the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 RTM won’t be available until next month, although that makes sense because Windows Server 2012 won’t be available until next month either. So what do I use in the mean time? The good news is that it’s possible to install the RSAT for Windows 8 Release Preview on Windows 8 RTM if you can’t wait.

How to Activate Windows 8 RTM Enterprise Edition

If you installed Windows 8 RTM Professional, you were prompted for a license key before it would even get started with the installation, but if you installed Windows 8 RTM Enterprise Edition, it didn’t even prompt for a license key during the installation process. Going to “Windows Activation” in control panel, shows “Error Code 0x8007232B DNS name does not exist.” in the Activation details section: I couldn’t find a place to enter a license key so they’re probably assuming you have a Key Management Service (KMS) server running on your network since this is “Enterprise” edition.

How to Install the Exchange 2010 Management Tools on Windows 8 RTM

This is definitely unsupported so be sure to read the disclaimer on the right side of this blog before continuing. Read this blog article completely before attempting this process. You’ve just reloaded your work computer with Windows 8 RTM that you downloaded from MSDN or TechNet and you need to install the Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools so you can manage your Exchange server without having to log into it whether it be with the GUI orwith PowerShell.

Error 0x800F0906 When Trying To Add .NET Framework 3.5 to Windows 8 RTM

The Windows 8 RTM was released yesterday to TechNet subscribers and this morning I decided to start the day off by reloading my business computer. I’ve been running the Release Preview on a netbook and on some VM’s without issue. Everything seemed to go well until I tried to load several applications that required the .NET Framework 3.5. Each of them failed to install stating they were unable to add the .

Want a Start Menu in Windows 8 Release Preview?

The registry hack from the Customer Preview version no longer exists so I tried a few third party products and settled on the free Classic Shell program: I only chose to install the “Classic Start Menu” portion: Now I have a start menu in Windows 8 Release Preview: This doesn’t remove or replace any of the Metro interface capabilties. You can still move the mouse to the very lower left hand corner of the screen and switch to Metro:

No Soup, I Mean No PowerShell -Version 2 For You Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Be sure to start off by reading my previous blog article titled Error When Running PowerShell -Version 2 on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 if you have not previously read it since attempting to run PowerShell in version 2 mode generates an error on a default installation of Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. In PowerShell version 3, you can access PowerShell version 2 by running “PowerShell.exe -Version 2” (or “powershell -v 2”):

Error When Running PowerShell -Version 2 on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview On a fresh installation of the Windows 8 Release Preview, when attempting to run PowerShell.exe -Version 2, you’ll receive the following error: “Version v2.0.50727 of the .NET Framework is not installed and it is required to run version 2 of Windows PowerShell.” The following error message is generated if you attempt to run the same command from the PowerShell ISE: “powershell : V e r s i o n v 2 .

2013 a Microsoft Software Release Odyssey

An Odyssey is defined as a “Long and Eventful Journey”. The first version of Microsoft Office that I can remember supporting professionally is Office 4.3 and the first version of Exchange was 5.5. It’s been a long an eventful journey to get from the days of those versions of software to where we are today with the preview versions of SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013 , Lync 2013, Office Web Apps Server, Project 2013, Visio 2013, and Office Professional Plus 2013 being announced in addition to the already available release preview of Windows 8, and release candidate version of Windows Server 2012.

Installation of the Windows 8 Developer Preview

The Windows 8 Developer Preview was publicly released this past Tuesday evening via the new Windows Dev Center. I actually thought I was going to miss out on the opportunity to try out this preview version since I’m not currently a MSDN subscriber. I was happy to learn that it was made available for anyone to download. Since this is a preview version, I decided to load it as a virtual machine on a Hyper-V server.

The Easy Way to Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive

I recently loaded Windows 7 on my netbook computer and ran across a tool named Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which makes creating a Windows 7 bootable USB flash drive much easier. Download and install this tool. Open the program and select the ISO you want to copy to your USB flash drive. Select “USB device”: Select the USB flash drive you want to copy the Windows 7 installation media to.