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Finally, a management tool for Bitlocker

I first deployed Bitlocker and AD integration with Windows 7 Enterprise back before it was publicly released (that gap between when it gets released to Volume Licence customers, but not to the public). It wasn’t easy, and I had to use some interesting hacks and self-discovered cludges gleaned from old Vista documentation, as the Win … Read more »

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How to get WMC to play MKV files

How to get Windows Media Center to play MKV files on Windows 7

So I just bought an Acer Revo 3610 so that we can watch MKV files without converting them to MP4 and putting them on the Xbox/faffing around with 4GB file limits etc. The Revo is a brilliant box: cheap, tiny, near-silent and plays … Read more »

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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 … Read more »

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RSAT for Windows 7

The Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are available from the Microsoft website here:
Download RSAT for Win7
Enjoy 😉

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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, … Read more »