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Office 365 SP1 Is Out - Including an Updated Deployment Toolkit! Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, February 28, 2014 4:02pm

I have been working on a project to deploy Office 365 to the enterprise for over 6 months now.  Office 365 SP1 is a significant boost to the ability to deploy an on-premise source approach to Office 365...

 
NEW: PSH-205 PSH-205 PowerShell for the Enterprise Desktop - Tips, Tricks and Ready To Run Code (Free for a Limited Time) Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, November 22, 2013 9:00am

managingtheenterprisewindowsdesktopwithpowershelltitlegraphic320Our new video course is chock full of important details and ready-to-run code samples to help you start using PowerShell on the Enterprise Desktop.  The course starts with an assessment quiz to help you understand if the content is right for you.  This is followed by a brief discussion about why scripting for the Enterprise Desktop is unique.  Additional key topics include powershell.exe switches to make your life easier, easy "launcher" code to make it easy for users and IT pros alike to startup PowerShell scripts and controlling the bitness (32 or 64) that your script executes in.  This course is free for a limited time...

 
WOW64 - A Comprehensive Reference Print E-mail
Windows 64-bit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, November 18, 2013 3:34pm
Just what is WOW64?  As alluded to by the name, you can guess it has something to do with Windows 64-bit.  WOW64 stands for Windows on Windows 64.  It is a clever set of "tricks" that 64-bit Windows plays on 32-bit Software to make it feel right at home.  We have assembled the most comprehensive list of references (folders, registry, variables, etc) for Windows 64-bit.
 
How to Create Elegant PowerShell Custom Objects In Code Print E-mail
PowerShell
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:20pm
PowerShell custom objects are really the way to go for handling complex data in a script.  Recently I had a need to create a set of custom objects in script code, but all the samples Google offered were convoluted.  Clearly it was time to evolve the existing solutions into something more elegant.  The result is code that is easy to understand for the beginner and a breath of fresh air for the veteran. 
 
PowerShell Editor Is Slow Starting Up When You Are Browsing Code? Speed It Up to Instant! Print E-mail
PowerShell
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:14pm
Dedicated PowerShell ISEs and IDEs all seem to be slow starting up.  Some are worse than others, but they are all painfully slow compared to good old notepad.  For code peeking we've got somethat is even faster than notepad! 
 
PowerShell Oneliner: Load All Non-Cached App-V 4 Packages Into the Cache Print E-mail
PowerShell
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 7:31am
During an SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012 migration my team had an unsavory discovery about the App-V 4.6 packages that had been deployed under SCCM 2007.  After the migration, if a user launched an App-V application that hadn't been launched *at least once before* the migration - App-V would attempt to load the App-V cache by looking in the old SCCM 2007 cache location - which was now gone.  Citrix was where this really hurt.  This article contains PowerShell Oneliner you might want to run *before migration* to avoid this problem.
 
Admin Script Editor 4.0 Is Now FREE! Print E-mail
PowerShell
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, October 4, 2013 4:13am
Just heard from Bob Kelly that the latest release of the primary competitor to Primal Script is now free.
 
PowerShell Oneliner to Check for Elevated Admin Rights (not Administrator Group Membership) Or System Account Print E-mail
PowerShell
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, August 16, 2013 6:45pm

There are 1000 scripts out there to tell you if a user is *in the local administrators group*.  However, what you usually want to know is "is the current process running as an elevated administrator".  The difference between these is not small.  I can be in the local administrators group, but be running under UAC and my process does not have full administrator rights.  Or I can be in a group that is in a group that is in the local administrators group and elevated - but a script looking directly for my name won't find my user id directly in the administrators group.  Or my script can be running under the System account which has local administrators rights, but is not in the local administrators group.

 
New Rohitab API Monitor: Windows 8 and Saving Traces Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, May 10, 2013 4:01pm

I am a big fan of Rohitab API Monitor.  When Procmon cannot pull the details I am looking for, I resort to Rohitab API Monitor.  In fact, I've used Rohitab API Monitor to figure out why procmon would not load!  The coolest new feature in the latest version is saving traces.

 
Windows Internals 5 (previous edition) for $1.99 at BarnesAndNoble.com Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, April 15, 2013 12:05pm

Although this is the previous version, the major kernel changes that were done for Server 2008 / Vista are the same as Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7 - so it is still a solid reference.

 
Easy MSI Icon and GUID Extraction for SCCM 2012 Application Catalog (CSI_ExtractMSIGUIDAndIcons.vbs) Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, March 16, 2013 1:25pm

Are you moving your many packages to the SCCM 2012 Application Catalog?  It can be a challenge getting the icons out of those huge MSI packages if you don’t want to install each one!  Not any more…

 
Delivering ENG-55 in Europe in October. Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:24pm
Our ENG-55 week is coming to Europe in October (sorry about the headline mailer that said May)! The training will be held at PDS, a half-hour train ride from Amsterdam. Please spread the word to your European collegues! Here are the details...
 
A Silver Bullet To A Satisfying Technology Career Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, December 22, 2012 9:33am

"Silver Bullet" status is high praise - I'm slow to give it.  However, when I am most tempted, the item has the quality of unveiling something that has formerly been invisible by virtue of it's universal acceptance.  There is something that may be invisible to you now that could have a dramatic effect on your career satisfaction and the rest of your life as well.  That something is...

 
Use Windows Explorer as a Code Snippet Manager (for VBScript, PowerShell, .CMD, .BAT, etc) by Configuring Windows Libraries, Windows Search and File Previews Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, December 10, 2012 5:27pm

Most scripters I know are code sample junkies – the learn by hacking away at existing scripts on the web and one’s they have collected.  Recently I’ve been on the hunt for a easier way to store, search and find code snippets.  I found a lot of stuff, but nothing that satisfied.  As I was searching I realized by configuring three different areas of Windows, I could have a pretty nice snippet manager right in Windows Explorer.  Some of these changes you will want to make even if you don’t actively manage snippets!

 
New Course Schedule Additions for 2013 Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:25pm
We have added new scheduled sessions for Windows 7 and Windows 8 Application Provisioning Engineer and App-V Sequencing Engineer.
 
ALL the Windows 8 Metro Store App AppX Logs and Our AppX IT Toolkit Print E-mail
Win8 Apps
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 9:05pm

The Windows 8 Metro App delivery and installation mechanism has a lot of new plumbing!  When you experience a problem, it is a big challenge to figure out everywhere you might look to solve the problem.  I am a big proponent of gathering existing logging data whenever I start to work on a problem - mainly because the data is there for zero effort!  Sure I can slap on procmon and dig deep, but what if a single eventlog message is nailing the problem in a small clear voice?

 
Commercial Grade Scripting IDE Now Free Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:08pm

Idera PowerShell Plus is a top grade script editor.  In addition to full PowerShell support, it syntax highlights VBS, .CMD/.BAT, XML, HTML and SQL scripts.  Up until now it has been a commercial product, but the company has just made it into a free product.

 

 
eBook: Deploying and Supporting Applications on 64-bit Windows Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:08am

Announcing the availability of the
New CSI-Windows.com Windows 64-bit eBook + eClass

 
What is splwow64 and AppHang Waiting on Application Name: splwow64.exe Print E-mail
Windows 64-bit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:00am

splwow64.exe is the printing subsystem for 32-bit applications. All print drivers on Windows 64-bit must be 64-bit.

 
Remediation of VBA Code That Runs Under 64-bit MS Office Print E-mail
Windows 64-bit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, October 5, 2012 12:00am
Just like Microsoft, our strong advice on what edition of Office 2010 to run is "32-bit"! The simple reason is that vast majority of the thousands of MS Office plug-ins are only available in 32-bit versions and probably will be for some time to come. On top of this reason is the need to evaluate all your VBA code to see if it needs some minor modifications to run on 64-bit. If you are planning on running 64-bit office, read on for links to help you ensure the compatibility of your existing VBA code (whether written by you or part of a third-party plug-in).
 
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