Netsh AdvFirewall: Manage Windows Firewall using NetShell

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Ok, this one’s about managing your Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS).

Today, most companies disable the Windows Firewall. Why? i think this has several reasons. One reason probably is that they think the LAN is safe and there is no need for a Firewall – negligent! Other reasons might be: laziness, missing understanding / know how, too less time.. Ok, in this post i want to write down some of my own experiences when managing the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS) but also i want to show you, that there are easy ways to manage the WFAS using the Netsh command line tool.

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As seen on CrunchGear, Michael Vincent has made an awesome website for those who want to kick it oldschool. Whether you’re old enough to remember using it, or too young to know what it is, Windows 3.1 was, undeniably, the turning point for Microsoft’s Windows OS. While it didn’t offer much in terms of new functionality over its predecessor, Windows 3.0, Windows 3.1 was the first widely used version of Microsoft’s world dominating OS. Logo_Win3.1

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Windows 7: Show all control panel tasks aka god mode shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

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Using the Control Panel, you can change settings for Windows. These settings control almost everything on display and functionality of Windows and they allow you to set up Windows to suit your requirements. The Panel, in my opinion, should be used only if there is a need, as a user and an awareness of the effects of the settings. Otherwise, I always recommend asking an experienced PC users for advice and help (something like what I do so even if my car as something wrong with the electrics).

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Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista

The Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista are collections of runtime libraries that make it easy for developers to target a wider customer base.
Notes about the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008

  • All the updated technologies in the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 are already included in Windows Server 2008 R2. The Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 is not required for Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • To apply the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, you must have Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 installed.

Notes about the Platform Update for Windows Vista

  • All the updated technologies in the Platform Update for Windows Vista are already included in Windows 7. The Platform Update for Windows Vista is not required for Windows 7.
  • To apply the Platform Update for Windows Vista, you must have Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installed.
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Unattend Deploy Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010

Unattend deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RC (Release Candiate). MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for unattended / automatically operating system and application deployment. Look for new features in MDT 2010 including flexible driver management, optimized transaction process, and access to distribution shares from any location to simplify deployment and make your job easier. Save time and money when you deploy faster and easier with MDT 2010.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 – evaluate it now for free

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Software is now available for download. The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation is available via two separate downloads:

  • a compilation edition (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web)
  • an individual Itanium edition. Just choose the version that fits your requirements, and download the evaluation.

Need help determining which version is the best fit for you?

Check out the Windows Server 2008 R2 Editions page

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Installing Telnet Client on Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008

Missing the classic telnet.exe  (Telnet Client) on Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2? Microsoft removed the Telnet Client starting with Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008.

To get it back / install it, use pkgmgr on the Client Operating Systems and ServerManagerCMD on the Server Operating Systems..

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Installing Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7 from a USB Stick

Today, more and more systems come without a CD / DVDROM (Netbooks, small Notebooks). If i buy a new system, i never equip it with a built-in CD / DVDROM. If i need to boot such a system from a ROM Media, i always attach one using USB. Or whenever possible, i put the content of the media on a memory card like an USB stick.

This is a quick tutorial about booting the setup and installing Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 from a USB Stick or a USB Harddisk / Harddrive. This procedure can also be used for other types of memory cards like SD, MMC or XD, as long as the system can be configured to boot from such a device (check out the BIOS bootable devices and boot order). Continue reading

How to: Remove Classic Windows Messenger from Windows XP

To remove classic messenger in Windows XP run the following command:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

This can also be used when creating an unattend setup or using a Software Deployment Solution like ConneXin Infrastructure Manager, Altiris, Microsoft SMS or similiar products..