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     Steve the cookie monster asked a great question during module 5 of the 6294 class. "How can i pre-seed taskbar links or pinned items. I’ve tried to "Copy profile" within the unattended.xml file, but have had no success"…
 
     I did some trolling of the Windows 7 forums and found a potential solution. i will have Steve test this for us and give us the results!
 
 
This was directly found in the TechNet Forums. More specifically – THIS THREAD

 

Another great question from last week’s Windows 7 class. The question was posed – “If I upgrade something like RAM in the system, will it trigger the boot integrity check to fail and enter a lockout state?”

The following conditions or actions can trigger such an event.. Taken from TechNet’s Bitlocker on Win 7 FAQ

What system changes would cause the integrity check on my operating system drive to fail?

The following types of system changes can cause an integrity check failure and prevent the TPM from releasing the BitLocker key to decrypt the protected operating system drive:

  • Moving the BitLocker-protected drive into a new computer.
  • Installing a new motherboard with a new TPM.
  • Turning off, disabling, or clearing the TPM.
  • Changing any boot configuration settings.
  • Changing the BIOS, master boot record, boot sector, boot manager, option ROM, or other early boot components or boot configuration data.

This functionality is by design; BitLocker treats unauthorized modification of any of the early boot components as a potential attack and will place the system into recovery mode. Authorized administrators can update boot components without entering recovery mode by disabling BitLocker beforehand.


What causes BitLocker to start into recovery mode when attempting to start the operating system drive?

The following list provides examples of specific events that will cause BitLocker to enter recovery mode when attempting to start the operating system drive:

  • Changing any boot configuration data settings with the exception of the following items:
    BCDE_LIBRARY_TYPE_DESCRIPTION, FVE_BCD_UNPROTECTED_DATATYPE
    BCDE_DEVICE_TYPE_RAMDISK_IMAGE_OFFSET, FVE_BCD_UNPROTECTED_DATATYPE
    BCDE_MEMTEST_TYPE_PASS_COUNT, FVE_BCD_UNPROTECTED_DATATYPE
    BCDE_MEMTEST_TYPE_TESTMIX, FVE_BCD_UNPROTECTED_DATATYPE
    BCDE_MEMTEST_TYPE_FAILURE_COUNT, FVE_BCD_UNPROTECTED_DATATYPE
    BCDE_MEMTEST_TYPE_TEST_TO_FAIL, FVE_BCD_UNPROTECTED_DATATYPE
  • Changing the BIOS boot order to boot another drive in advance of the hard drive.
  • Having the CD or DVD drive before the hard drive in the BIOS boot order and then inserting or removing a CD or DVD.
  • Failing to boot from a network drive before booting from the hard drive.
  • Docking or undocking a portable computer. If a portable computer is connected to its docking station when BitLocker is turned on, then it must be connected to the docking station when it is unlocked. If a portable computer is not connected to its docking station when BitLocker is turned on, then it must not be connected to the docking station when it is unlocked.
  • Changes to the NTFS partition table on the disk including creating, deleting, or resizing a primary partition.
  • Entering the personal identification number (PIN) incorrectly too many times so that the anti-hammering logic of the TPM is activated. Anti-hammering logic is software or hardware methods that increase the difficulty and cost of a brute force attack on a PIN by not accepting PIN entries until after a certain amount of time has passed.
  • Turning off the BIOS support for reading the USB device in the pre-boot environment if you are using USB-based keys instead of a TPM.
  • Turning off, disabling, deactivating, or clearing the TPM.
  • Upgrading critical early startup components, such as a BIOS upgrade, causing the BIOS measurements to change.
  • Forgetting the PIN when PIN authentication has been enabled.
  • Updating option ROM firmware.
  • Upgrading TPM firmware.
  • Adding or removing hardware. For example, inserting a new card in the computer, including some PCMIA wireless cards.
  • Removing, inserting, or completely depleting the charge on a smart battery on a portable computer.
  • Changes to the master boot record on the disk.
  • Changes to the boot manager on the disk.
  • Hiding the TPM from the operating system. Some BIOS settings can be used to prevent the enumeration of the TPM to the operating system. When implemented, this option can make the TPM hidden from the operating system. When the TPM is hidden, BIOS secure startup is disabled, and the TPM does not respond to commands from any software.
  • Using a different keyboard that does not correctly enter the PIN or whose keyboard map does not match the keyboard map assumed by the pre-boot environment. This can prevent the entry of enhanced PINs.
  • Modifying the Platform Configuration Registers (PCRs) used by the TPM validation profile. For example, including PCR[1] would result in most changes to BIOS settings, causing BitLocker to enter recovery mode.

    noteNote

    Some computers have BIOS settings that skip measurements to certain PCRs, such as PCR[2]. Changing this setting in the BIOS would cause BitLocker to enter recovery mode because the PCR measurement will be different.

  • Moving the BitLocker-protected drive into a new computer.
  • Upgrading the motherboard to a new one with a new TPM.
  • Losing the USB flash drive containing the startup key when startup key authentication has been enabled.
  • Failing the TPM self test.
  • Having a BIOS or an option ROM component that is not compliant with the relevant Trusted Computing Group standards for a client computer. For example, a non-compliant implementation may record volatile data (such as time) in the TPM measurements, causing different measurements on each startup and causing BitLocker to start in recovery mode.
  • Changing the usage authorization for the storage root key of the TPM to a non-zero value.

    noteNote

    The BitLocker TPM initialization process sets the usage authorization value to zero, so another user or process must explicitly have changed this value.

  • Disabling the code integrity check or enabling test signing on Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr).
  • Pressing the F8 or F10 key during the boot process.
  • Adding or removing add-in cards (such as video or network cards), or upgrading firmware on add-in cards.
  • Using a BIOS hot key during the boot process to change the boot order to something other than the hard drive.
 
   Lately i’ve had some great questions on what Win 7 courses are right for me and my team. In this week’s class both Mary Jo and Greg like thed 6292 class but depending on the focus of the student, certification or just day to day support and internal re-training may be the goal of attending. There are two primary courses that are available and easily found on the primary Microsoft Learning website which are 6292 and 6294. If you are looking for something a little more specific there are some titles in the MS Courseware Library (CWL).
 
   What is CWL? it’s a central repository that MS learning partner sites can use to pull and get training courses for delivery. The differnce here is some and rare cases, MOST of the CWL titles are COMMUNITY created. Made by MCT’s (Microsoft certified trainers) for the community looking to fill a specific or customer requested need. Below is a list of some of the Windows 7 titles that are available now!
 

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
author: Neil Tucker release date: 11/30/2009
Course Number: 50331A-EN

Description: This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to isolate, document and resolve problems on a Windows 7 desktop or laptop computer. It will also help test takers prepare for the 70-685 exam.

 

Implementing and Administering Windows 7 in the Enterprise
author: Global Knowledge release date: 11/2/2009
Course Number: 50292A

Description: This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows 7 computers. Through practical labs, you’ll get invaluable experience with installation and upgrades, remote access, and the new desktop environment. You will learn how Windows 7 allows for vast improvements to security, overall system performance, and deployment-a robust combination unparalleled in the market. In this Windows 7 training course, you’ll focus on successful configuration of the IT Pro tools and applications that ship with Windows 7. You will learn to identify technical problems that can occur on your organization’s client computers, and you’ll discover the Windows 7 tools used to monitor and maintain those computers. By the end of this course, you will have installed and configured a Windows 7 desktop that is secure and on the network, while focusing on five main troubleshooting areas: operating system, hardware, networking, security, and applications.

 

 

Updating Your Technology Skills from Windows XP to Windows 7
author: Eventus Limited release date: 10/14/2009
Course Number: 50311A

Description: This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to install, deploy, and upgrade to Windows 7. Additionally, students should be able to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students should also be able to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues.

Windows 7 Configuring, Technology Specialist Course
author: Eventus Limited release date: 10/12/2009
Course Number: 50321A-EN

Description: This instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to install, deploy, and upgrade to Windows 7. Additionally, students should be able to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students should also be able to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues.

 

 
     There is a new course that was just released (course 6294) which is instructor led classroom training for deploying and managing Windows 7 clients. I highly recommend this both for general knowledge of the win 7 deployment techniques but it REALLy aids in MCTS exam 70-680 prep too! Below is a snippet from the site on what is covered!
 
 
 
About this Course

This five-day instructor-led course is intended for desktop administrators who want to specialize in desktop deployment, configuration, and management . In this course, students will learn how to plan and deploy Windows 7 desktops in large organizations . They will also learn how to design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment. This course helps students prepare for the Exam 70-686, Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT Professionals who are interested in specializing in Windows 7 desktop and application deployments and managing the desktop environments for large organizations. People attending this training could be support technicians or currently in deployment roles and are looking at taking the next step in their career or enhancing their skills in the areas of planning and deploying Windows 7 desktops.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Prepare to deploy Windows 7 business desktops.
  • Assess and resolve application compatibility issues with Windows 7.
  • Determine the most appropriate method to deploy Windows 7 based upon specific business requirements.
  • Design a standard Windows 7 image by assessing and evaluating the business requirements.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using WAIK.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using WDS.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using Lite Touch Installation.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using Zero Touch Installation.
  • Migrate user state by using Windows Easy Transfer and User State Migration Tool 4.0.
  • Design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment.
  • Plan and deploy applications and updates to Windows 7 client computers.
  • Plan and deploy Windows 7 by using LTI. (Lab-Only Module)

 
   

About this Course

This five-day instructor-led course is intended for desktop administrators who want to specialize in desktop deployment, configuration, and management . In this course, students will learn how to plan and deploy Windows 7 desktops in large organizations . They will also learn how to design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment. This course helps students prepare for the Exam 70-686, Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT Professionals who are interested in specializing in Windows 7 desktop and application deployments and managing the desktop environments for large organizations. People attending this training could be support technicians or currently in deployment roles and are looking at taking the next step in their career or enhancing their skills in the areas of planning and deploying Windows 7 desktops.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Prepare to deploy Windows 7 business desktops.
  • Assess and resolve application compatibility issues with Windows 7.
  • Determine the most appropriate method to deploy Windows 7 based upon specific business requirements.
  • Design a standard Windows 7 image by assessing and evaluating the business requirements.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using WAIK.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using WDS.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using Lite Touch Installation.
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using Zero Touch Installation.
  • Migrate user state by using Windows Easy Transfer and User State Migration Tool 4.0.
  • Design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment.
  • Plan and deploy applications and updates to Windows 7 client computers.
  • Plan and deploy Windows 7 by using LTI. (Lab-Only Module)

Stephen L. Rose – Sr. Community Manager for Windows reviewed the following books. This was taken from http://windowsteamblog.com
 
    Windows 7 Inside Out by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert and Craig Stinson and Plain & Simple Windows 7 by Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon.

The first of these, Windows 7 Inside Out is a solid reference guide for IT Pros and Tech Enthusiasts alike. This book assumes you are familiar with the Windows 7 basics and dives right into the meat.

Topics covered include:

  • Configure and customize your system with advanced setup options.
  • Manage files, folders, and media libraries.
  • Administer accounts, passwords, and logons—and help control access to resources.
  • Troubleshoot errors and fine-tune performance. Monitoring system health and troubleshooting errors
  • Advance Search techniques
  • Deep dive into the event viewer
  • Registry Editing
  • Automating routine maintenance with scripts and other tools.

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Included is a fully searchable eBook, “Before You Call Tech Support” reference guide, links to download gadgets, tools, blogs (like this one) and more…

If you are looking to tweak your Windows 7 system or help to support others, this book will more than cover your needs.

The second one, Plain & Simple is a great book for those IT Pros who were directly or indirectly involved with the purchase of a Windows 7 PC for someone else who is not PC savvy. (ie: You are now or have been the tech support line for Mom, Dad, Grandma, etc…) With huge photos and solid walkthroughs, Plain and Simple is a must have addition to that new PC purchase. The book covers the key areas to get you set up and running.

  • Running programs and sending e-mail
  • Browsing the Web and sharing your files.
  • Working with digital media, including photos, music, and videos.
  • Burning CDs and DVDs; make your own movies.
  • Setting up printers and home groups
  • Managing security settings and performing backups

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The book offers easy-to-follow steps and screenshots show you exactly what to do, lots of tips to teach you new techniques and shortcuts and their TRY THIS! exercises to help you apply what you’ve learned right away. One thing for sure, this book will reduce the number of “how do I” calls you will receive from friends and family.

Even I learned a few cool new tips and tricks reading through these books. :)

For even more tips and tricks, check out our recently updated IT Pro At Home Tips and Tricks area on Springboard and look for more book reviews over the next few weeks.

 
    This was taken from Microsoft "Born to learn" site.. Born to Learn
 
 

Now that Windows 7 has been released you may be interested in understanding what Microsoft Certifications are available, and how you can update your certification.

Jim Clark, Sr. Certification Manager for Microsoft Learning is here to answer some of the common questions.

Stephen: Are there any new certifications for Windows 7?

Jim: Yes, in addition to new versions of the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Pro credential and the core configuring TS exam we have created a new credential with Windows 7 that is focused on the Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

Stephen: What is the difference between this new Enterprise Desktop Administrator (EDA) credential and the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (EDST)?

Jim: Good question. The primary difference is that the EDST is focused on reacting to customer issues as a helpdesk or technical support responder?, but the EDA roles is focused on proactive desktop tasks that include designing, deploying, and managing. The EDA role is part of a design team that is looking into the future to determine what the desktop infrastructure will need to maintain, grow, or gain efficiency. This could be by upgrading or deploying a new OS, or modifying an existing deployment.

The simple answer is to look at these two credentials the same way we look at the Windows Server 2008 credentials:

  • Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator – Operations focused, responsible for today, tomorrow, and next week
  • Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator – Engineering focused, responsible for next month, next year and beyond
  • Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician – Operations focused, responsible for today, tomorrow, and next week
  • Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator – Engineering focused, responsible for next month, next year and beyond

Stephen: So those are the two Pro credentials for Windows 7, are there also new Technology Specialists (TS) exams for Windows 7?

Jim: Yes, there is one new TS exam that will support both the Enterprise Desktop Administrator (EDA), and the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (EDST) credentials. That exam is 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring. This exam is the backbone of our credentials and it validates all of the common how-to tasks associated with Windows 7. It is a requirement for both the EDA and EDST credentials.

Stephen: Will any of these new exams also count towards the Windows Server 2008 credentials?

Jim: Yes, the 70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring exam will count towards the Desktop requirement for the Enterprise Administrator Windows Server 2008 credential.

Stephen: How about people with the Vista EDST credential or even people with the XP DST credential, will they have a way to upgrade their credential to Windows 7?

Jim: Yes, we are creating an exam so that either XP DST’s or Vista EDST’s can take this one exam and become MCTS: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certified. This upgrade exam will be out in early 2010.

Stephen: So what would you suggest is the first step to become Windows 7 certified?

Jim: If you are new to Windows client certification, or are not currently certified as either an XP DST or Vista EDST, then I recommend you take the 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring exam. This exam is required for both of the Pro credentials and can be used for the desktop requirement for the Enterprise Administrator credential, so it’s the best place to start.

Stephen: Are there any other Windows 7 exams beyond the ones you’ve mentioned?

Jim: Yes, we also have an exam that is geared towards OEM Preinstallation specialists. This exam 70-683: TS: Windows 7, Preinstalling for OEMs is designed to validate skills of OEM vendors that preinstall Windows 7 on desktops and laptops for corporate or retail sales.

Stephen: Are any of the exams live now?

Jim: Yes, all of the exams (except the upgrade exam) are live now. Anyone can register to take an exam at www.prometric.com.

Stephen: Where can I learn more about Windows 7 certification?

Jim: Best place to start is the Windows Client Certification portal. This page will link you to all the Exam Preparation Guides for the Windows 7 exams.  If you decide you would like training before you take the exams then here Windows – Training Portal is the place to start or to get the latest information around the world of training and certification, check out the Born To Learn Blog.

NOTE: Until Dec 31st enjoy 15 to 25 percent off select Microsoft Certification exams. Click here for details

   I love it when an app is Win 7 taskbar aware and can utilize it’s power.. case in point Itunes working on a Win 7 64-bit ultimate machine

   Here we see the thumbnail preview has added controls for song navigation!

Itunes_Win7

   Win 7 making every bit of your interface functional!

   yes that’s tweetdeck 0.32 running – Follow me @csolarz

   and also, that is Powershell 2.0 ISE running as well :-)

 
     Looking to set up Direct Access (DA) and wondered what was required of your infrastructure?
 
List shamelessly stolen from Edge.technet.com
DirectAccess requirements include:
  • A DirectAccess server (a Windows Server 2008 R2 joined to an Active Directory® domain with DirectAccess Management Console feature added and cannot be behind a Network Address Translation, or NAT, device) with two network adapters: one connected to the Intranet, and the other to the internet with at least two consecutive public IPv4 addresses
  • All DirectAccess clients running Windows 7
  • At least one domain controller and Domain Name System (DNS) server running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for issuing computer certificates, smart card certificates, and, for Network Access Protection (NAP), health certificates
  • IPsec policies to specify protection for traffic
  • IPv6 transition technologies, i.e. ISATAP (RFC 4214), Teredo (RFC 4380), and 6to4 (RFC 3056), for DirectAccess server
  • Optionally, a non-Microsoft NAT-PT (RFC 2766) device to provide access to IPv4-only resources for DirectAccess clients  
 
      having used Windows 7 for some time now I thought i knew quite a bit about the homegroup feature and what it can and can’t do. Well what we think we know isn’t always the end all of the topic at hand. I did find some really good source material and had to share this. It’s liberated from the windows 7 engineering blog to which i have found indispensable.
 

 

Springboard posted a wicked video on how to use the USMT to hardlink migrate XP. Install the OS AROUND the user’s files and settings!

 

USMT to hardlink migrate XP