Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for Windows Sidebar

This is nice:

http://mindre.net/post/Hyper-V-Monitor-Gadget-for-Windows-Sidebar.aspx

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List of Log Files in Configuration Manager 2007

Hyper-V Remote Control

Inside Application Virtualization Video

If you want to gain a better understanding of the insides of Application Virtualization (aka Softgrid) check out the following video:

http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/Going+Deep/John-Sheehan-Inside-Application-Virtualization/

Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation Converter

Just saw this gem….It would have certainly sped up the manual process I used..

http://www.win2008workstation.com/wordpress/2008/07/17/windows-server-2008-workstation-converter/ 

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ConfigMgr OS Deployment – WDS and DHCP on same server Issue/Resolution

Recently I set up a Windows 2008 server with ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 (aka SCCM 2007) & wanted to do OS deployment.  I ran into some issues because this server was also a DHCP server, this post will address the high level steps I took to get this working.

 

  1. Installed WDS via the Add Roles Wizard
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  2. Added the PXE service point role via ConfigMgr Admin Console
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  3. Now all should be good right?  Nope, the WDS service would not start.  After some research I found the issue to be that WDS & DHCP both use port 67 by default.
    • To get around this the following registry change needs to be made (UseDHCPPorts = 0)
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  4. I then removed and reinstalled the PXE service point and thought all was well – even the pxecontrol.log looked good (see below)
  5. Monitored PXEControl.log to ensure PXE was responding to tests
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  6. So I tried to PXE boot a system and still no luck.  More research showed that I needed to accomplish two more steps
    • Initialize the WDSServer (wdsutil /initialize-server /reminst:G:\RemoteInstall) – NOTE: Adjust the G:\remoteinstall location to reality in your environment
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    • Next you need to run the following command for the registry change made in step 3 to take affect
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  7. The next test worked like a charm
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How to get the Current Directory within executing batch file

Excellent post on a very simple way to get the directory path from an executing batch file:

http://weblogs.asp.net/whaggard/archive/2005/01/28/get-directory-path-of-an-executing-batch-file.aspx