Win7 + Bitlocker = Can’t Shutdown?

If you have Windows 7 with Bitlocker enabled, and are sometimes unable to shutdown your PC properly, check out this article: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/GettingReadyforWindows7/thread/66b6e093-9de7-4e76-84cf-322bd1e35f22

The hotfix is available here: http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=975496&kbln=en-us

Symptoms for us were that Windows 7 itself would shut down, but the power would not be switched off from the laptop, leaving it running (often with the fans whizzing away and LEDs on)

RSAT for Windows 7

The Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are available from the Microsoft website here:

Download RSAT for Win7

Enjoy 😉

Trying to automate creation of VPN connections under Win7

I’m currently playing with Connection Manager Administration Kit for Server 2008.

Why? Because with the advent of Windows 7 (and Vista, to a certain extent), it’s a complete pain in the butt to programme a tool like AutoIT to script and automate the configuration of a VPN connection for our end users. The key issue, is that Microsoft don’t seem to provide any “command line” shortcuts through things like DLLs or Shell extensions to quickly bring up the “Set up a new connection or network” wizard. Sad face.

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-Server-2008-Connection-Manager-Administration-Kit.html

What’s new and shiny in Win 7 for IT Pros?

If, like me, you’re eagerly anticipating Win 7, you could do a lot worse than check out what’s new in Win 7 for IT Pros.

If you prefer video/speech to reading, there’s a very good video available for download as well 🙂