Use PowerShell to Back Up System State Prior to Making Changes

Did you know you can use PowerShell to back up the system state?

Understanding the Computer Restore cmdlets

One of the easiest ways to ensure system reliability is to create a restore point prior to making potentially damaging changes. In this way, if a problem arises, it is rather simple to roll back the changes. In Windows PowerShell, the easy way to create a restore point is to use the Windows PowerShell cmdlets. These cmdlets require administrator rights (due to access to protected registry keys and other vital configuration files). Therefore, you need to right-click the Windows PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator from the Action menu. Keep in mind that these cmdlets only work on client systems later than Windows XP. These cmdlets do not work on server versions of the operating system.

 

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Business Intelligence in SharePoint Server 2010

Business intelligence is the delivery of accurate, useful information to the appropriate
decision makers within the necessary timeframe to support effective decision
making. Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 and 2008 R2 provides a storage and
management foundation for business data, and a set of reporting and analysis tools.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides controlled access to, and analysis of,
business data, and the ability to leverage data to make better business decisions.

The business intelligence tools you use depend on the specific problems you
are trying to solve.
Your daily business activities have associated information and
insights that emerge in three main areas of business intelligence: personal, team,
and organizational. There will be overlap across these areas.

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Office 365–Change the password expiration policy

The default password expiration policy of Office 365 is set to 90 days. That means that users have to change their password every 90 days. I think basically this is a good and secure policy but on the other side, it can be annoying and maybe your company has an other security policy or for some other reason you have to deactivate/change this.
We can change this setting through PowerShell with the Microsoft Online PowerShell Module.

 

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Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX in Windows 7 64bit

Today I bought a Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX. I didn’t expect, that it can be so complicated to install and configure that mouse. Well, it was the so called USB Receiver which made problems – The Windows 7 64bit System didn’t find a suitable driver for that micro-device.

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WerFault.exe – Windows Error Reporting Shortcomings

Today I’ll write about Windows Error Reporting on Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7, a set of Windows technologies that capture software crash and hang data from end users.

See this post as a summary of what I’ve learned when analyzing Windows Error Reporting feature and it’s ‘shortcomings’

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Disable “No Internet Access” notification on Windows Server 2008 (R2)

w2k8r2_nointernetaccess The “No Internet Access” notification on the network connection icon usually appears when you’re not connected to the Internet or you probably behind a proxy server. However, when you setting up your servers in an isolated environment without Internet access and you want to disable this notification then:

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