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Check for a Windows Enterprise CA


Start a command prompt

run the command

certutil -config – -ping

Windows 2008 R2 – Disable IPv6

  1. Click Start , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit.exe in thePrograms list.
  2. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  3. In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:
  4. Double-click DisabledComponents to modify the DisabledComponents entry.
    Note If the DisabledComponents entry is unavailable, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. In the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    1. Type DisabledComponents, and then press ENTER.
    2. Double-click DisabledComponents.
  5. Type any one of the following values to configure the IPv6 protocol, and then clickOK:
    1. Type 0 to enable all IPv6 components.
    2. Note The value “0” is the default setting.
    3. Type 0xffffffff to disable all IPv6 components, except the IPv6 loopback interface. This value also configures Windows Vista to use Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) instead of IPv6 in prefix policies.
    4. Type 0x20 to use IPv4 instead of IPv6 in prefix policies.
    5. Type 0x10 to disable native IPv6 interfaces.
    6. Type 0x01 to disable all tunnel IPv6 interfaces.
    7. Type 0x11 to disable all IPv6 interfaces except for the IPv6 loopback

Install the Windows RSAT tools on Windows 8 issue


Although the set up runs (real quick) and afterwards you get a message succesfully installed it didn’t install anything.
The problem was that my system did not had the US english language pack installed.

After installing the US english language pack from the Language Pack DVD the problem was solved and the RSAT tools could be installed.
Check via an elevated Powershell prompt what language packs are installed.

Get-WindowsPackage –Online.

Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-GB~6.2.9200.16384

State : Installed
Release Type : LanguagePack
Install Time : 7/26/2012 9:43:00 PM



What I did before,

  1. I tried to install by running the “Windows6.2-KB2693643-x64.msu”
  2. Extract the MSU and tried installing by using pkgmgr.Start Command Prompt in elevated mode (Run as Administrator) and extract the MSU package:
    expand -f:* “c:\downloads\RSAT for Windows 8 x64\Windows6.2-KB2693643-x64.msu” c:\downloads\RSAT\extractNow use the pkgmgr command to install the extracted files silently from Command Prompt :
    pkgmgr /ip /m:D:\RSAT\
  3. Install the .cab file directly via PowerShellPS C:\Windows\system32> Add-WindowsPackage -PackagePath C:\Downloads\RSAT\extract\ -Online -Logpath RSAT.logThis error appeared :———————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    PS C:\Windows\system32> add-windowspackage -Packagepath c:\Downloads\RSAT\ -on

    line -logpath RSAT.log
    add-windowspackage : Invalid package path
    At line:1 char:1
    + add-windowspackage -Packagepath c:\Downloads\RSAT\Windows6.2-KB269 …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Add-WindowsPackage], PSArgumentException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Add-WindowsPackage,Microsoft.Dism.Commands.AddWindowsPackageCommand
    In the RSAT.log the following line appeared :
    Error DISM API: PID=1468 TID=1620 The package is not applicable to the image. – CAddPackageCommandObject::InternalExecute(hr:0x800f081e)
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Now run the command :———————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-WindowsPackage -Online  adn you notice that online the en-GB language pack is installed.Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-CameraCodec-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9200.16464
    State : Installed
    Release Type : Update
    Install Time : 3/22/2013 8:54:00 PMPackage Identity : Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-GB~6.2.9200.16384
    State : Installed
    Release Type : LanguagePack
    Install Time : 7/26/2012 9:43:00 PM
  4. Installing en-US language pack using the .iso Windows 8 Language Pack (x64) – DVD (Multiple Languages) and after this the rsat tools can be installed.Install of language pack can be done with this command (where F: is the mounted iso) from an elevated command prompt :
    dism /online /add-package /packagepath:f:\langpacks\en-us\———————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management toolVersion: 6.2.9200.16384Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384Processing 1 of 1 – Adding package Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package
    The operation completed successfully.

Hyper-V : Virtual Network Manager


Virtual Network Manager enables you to create and manage virtual networks.

The following table describes the available settings of Virtual Network Manager.

Setting Description
External Creates a connection to a physical network adapter so that virtual machines can access a physical network.The Allow management operating system to share this network adapter setting controls whether you can use this physical network adapter to access to the management operating system, which is operating system that runs the Hyper-V role. You can use this option to isolate the management operating system from communications between virtual machines and other computers on a physical network. However, this also means that you cannot connect to the management operating system remotely through this physical network adapter if this option is cleared.
Internal Provides communications between the management operating system and virtual machines.
Private Provides communications between virtual machines only.
Enable virtual LAN identification Specifies an identification number that can be used to isolate network traffic from the management operating system. A virtual LAN configuration must be supported by the physical network adapter. For information about configuring virtual LAN identification, see the Hyper-V deployment content at the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library (
MAC Address Range This setting allows you to specify a range of addresses to be used when assigning dynamic MAC addresses to virtual machines. This helps to avoid conflicts that could occur when more than one physical computer running Hyper-V uses the same subnet and the same MAC address is assigned to more than one virtual machine that communicates on that physical subnet. Dynamic MAC addresses are assigned by Hyper-V according to a default range that is the same on each installation of Hyper-V. You can use this setting to divide this default range into ‘subranges’ and assign a different subrange to each of the physical computers that runs Hyper-V.


More info :


HP Proliant Microserver – Upgrade with an SSD drive



I wanted to upgrade my HP Microserver with a Samsung SSD solid state drive.

Because the brakcets are only suitable for 3,5″ Hard drives,
I decided to customise these brackets so the SSD could be placed in the bracket.

First I measured the space between the bracket and the border so i could make some iron strips which will be placed between the plastic border and the SSD drive.

(one side is a little longer then the other, so when mounting the disk it will be in a correct position)



Windows 8 activation – change product key


You can activate Windows 8 and change the prodcut key by :

  1. Start an elevated command prompt (right mouce click, run as administrator)
  2. type “slui.exe 3” and press enter
  3. Now a window pops up asking to enter the correct product key


Windows 8 : Show Administrative Tools


You can show the Administrative Tools as follows.


Go to the Metro Charms Menu (the home screen of windows 8)

While in the Metro GUI press ” Windows button + I”   (at the same time)

On the right of your screen the settings menu appears,

Click Tiles

Slide the bar at Show administrative tools to Yes



Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012


Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 from Official Microsoft Download Center

Clearing the Outlook list of Recently Accessed Folders


The content is stored in binary format, and therefore specific entries can’t be edited. Deleting the key specific to the MRU will clear the values. If the DWORD values for the registry key do not yet exist in the registry, then there are no entries created for it yet in Outlook – for example, if the user has not opened another user’s folder, then the registry value for that MRU will not be present in the registry. Outlook will query the key at startup and recreate it if it’s missing. So, what registry key are we talking about?


The common MRU lists are stored in the following specific registry key:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<profile_name>\0a0d020000000000c000000000000046\

There are several DWORD values here that apply to specific MRU lists in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003. (more…)

Microsoft Environment variabels


Default Values on Microsoft Windows

Variable Windows XP Windows Vista/7
 %ALLUSERSPROFILE% C:\Documents and Settings\All Users C:\ProgramData
 %APPDATA% C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming
 %COMPUTERNAME% {computername} {computername}
 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES% C:\Program Files\Common Files C:\Program Files\Common Files
 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)% C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files (only in 64-bit version) C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files (only in 64-bit version)
 %COMSPEC% C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
 %HOMEPATH% \Documents and Settings\{username} \Users\{username}
 %LOCALAPPDATA% C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local
 %LOGONSERVER% \\{domain_logon_server} \\{domain_logon_server}
 %PATH% C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;{plus program paths} C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;{plus program paths}
 %PATHEXT% .COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.WSF;.WSH .com;.exe;.bat;.cmd;.vbs;.vbe;.js;.jse;.wsf;.wsh;.msc
 %PROGRAMDATA%  %SystemDrive%\ProgramData
 %PROGRAMFILES%  %SystemDrive%\Program Files  %SystemDrive%\Program Files
 %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%  %SystemDrive%\Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit version)  %SystemDrive%\Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit version)
 %PROMPT% Code for current command prompt format. Code is usually $P$G Code for current command prompt format. Code is usually $P$G
 %PSModulePath%  %SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\
 %PUBLIC%  %SystemDrive%\Users\Public
{Drive}:\$Recycle.Bin C:\Recycle.Bin C:\$Recycle.Bin
 %SystemDrive% C: C:
 %SystemRoot% The Windows directory, usually C:\Windows, formerly C:\WINNT  %SystemDrive%\Windows
 %TEMP% and %TMP%  %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp  %SystemDrive%\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp
 %USERDOMAIN% {userdomain} {userdomain}
 %USERNAME% {username} {username}
 %USERPROFILE%  %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\{username}  %SystemDrive%\Users\{username}
 %WINDIR%  %SystemDrive%\Windows  %SystemDrive%\Windows


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