Windows Server 2016 Disable Right-Click Startbutton menu

Prerequisites: In order to follow this guide you will need an Active Directory domain as well as a Server 2016 RDS server. Scenario: You have been tasked to setup a Remote Desktop Server for your Company and you have been ordered to lock it down to disable users accessing advanced features hidden under the context …

Create User folders in Windows Server 2012 R2 and add them to Active Directory

Scenario: You have setup a brand new Windows Server 2012 R2 Server and want to share a User folder in the network that will be entered into AD into every user. As we keep a high standard of user integrity we will want to take every necessary precaution to prevent users from accessing/viewing/deleting each others files. …

Make printers visible in the “Add a printer Dialogue box”

In windows Vista and Windows 7 when you add a network printer you get a dialogue box that looks like you should be able to select the printer from the list but the list says that there are no printers available. After much hunting I finally found some group policy settings that change how things …

Creating the Group Policy Central Store – Updated for Windows 8.1/2012R2

Central Store Extraordinaire Creating the Group Policy Central Store – Updated for Windows 8.1/2012R2 Automating Hardware Driver Installation on Windows 7 and Above Get-Needle: Searching for Scripts in All the Right Places The Group Policy Central Store has two big benefits for every Windows Administrator. First, it allow you (plus anyone else with the GPMC) to have the …

How to configure an SMTP relay for Office 365

This article describes how to configure a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) relay in Windows Server 2012 R2 to use with Microsoft Office 365. You may want to do this in scenarios where you no longer have an on-premises messaging environment, such as Microsoft Exchange Server, and you have on-premise MFP’s or copy machiens that …

Step-by-Step: Installing SQL Server Management Studio 2008 Express

UPDATE 7/31/2012 – Since this post new versions of SQL Server & Visual Studio have been released. To install the latest version of SQL Server see SQL Server Install. For more information on working with SQL Server Local DB in Visual Studio 2012 see Working with SQL Server LocalDB in Visual Studio 2012 and the MSDN Library SQL Server 2012 …

Configure Windows 7 to display what software is installed at startup/login

In Windows XP and Windows 8 you will see what software is being installed via GPO at start or login. In Windows 7 this has been shut off as standard. To enable this behavior do the following. Open up GPMC and create a new group policy. Browse to: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System The policy is called …

Enable Outlook Anywhere

Exchange 2010 Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19 Use the Enable Outlook Anywhere wizard on the Exchange Server 2010 Client Access server to allow users to connect to their Exchange mailbox from the Internet. Outlook Anywhere eliminates the need for users in remote offices or mobile users to use …

Fix Windows corruption errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness tool

Windows corruption errors prevent Windows updates and service packs from installing. For example, an update might not install if a system file is damaged. If the error you see is in the following list, try the solution in this article.0x80070002 | 0x8007000D | 0x800F081F | 0x80073712 | 0x800736CC | 0x800705B9 | 0x80070246 | 0x8007370D | …

Repair a Windows Image

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 If a Windows image becomes unserviceable, you can use the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) tool to update the files and correct the problem. You can use DISM to repair an offline Windows image in a WIM or VHD file, or …