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Monday, October 28, 2013

DirectAccess connection properties in Windows 8.1 or finding Collect logs

In Windows 8 RTM you were able to double click the network icon to see your DirectAccess connection.

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Then right click the DirectAccess connection and select  View connection properties.

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In the Connection Properties you are able to collect logs for further error handling.

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In Windows 8.1 you will have to use another method.

Press Windows Key + I  and click Change PC settings.

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Select Network.

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Click on your DirectAccess connection (Here DATest10):

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And here you will find the Collect button. Who said hide and seek?

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Link: Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess recommended updates

Microsoft has released an overview over the recommended hotfixes and known issues with DirectAccess deployed on Windows server 2012.

The article include hotfixes for Windows 2012, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883952

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 (RSAT)

Microsoft has released new version of RSAT for Windows 8.1.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8.1.

In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

IMPORTANT: Remove all older versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools—including older prerelease versions, and releases of the tools for different languages or locales—from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1.

Only one copy at a time of Remote Server Administration Tools can be installed on a computer. If you have upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7, you will need to install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 on the computer; no earlier releases of Remote Server Administration Tools are still installed on a computer that you have upgraded to Windows 8.1.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39296

Download and start the installation.

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Accept license terms.

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Close the window.

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In this version all tools are enabled by default so no need to turn windows features on or off.

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If you want, you can You can open Turn Windows features on or off to disable tools that you don't want to use.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

KMS update with support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has released an update to existing KMS servers. (KB2885698)

This update extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 to enable the enterprise licensing of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

KMS provides support for the following KMS client activations:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

So in order to activate your Enterprise versions of 2012 R2 servers and  Windows 8.1 you need this update and a new KMS host key with support for Windows 8.1 or Windows 2012 R2.

Installation is straight forward:

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And after installation you can follow the instructions in the link on how to install new KMS host key and how to activate the key.

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885698/en-us?sd=rss&spid=16526

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2 KMS keys

The default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1 and  Windows Server 2012 R2 has been updated.

KMS Client Setup Keys

Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key

Windows 8.1 Professional

GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9

Windows 8.1 Professional N

HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7

Windows 8.1 Enterprise N

TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW

Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard

D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

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They can be used as product key when installing the OS in Enter the product key to activate windows:

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And the keys are used by VAMT from the ADK, of course activation will only work if a KMS server is available.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit

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When you choose to automatically install a KMS client key (GVLK), VAMT will use these KMS keys:

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Server changed to KMS key and as shown in partial key the last part is matching the KMS key:

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2 KMS keys

The default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1 and  Windows Server 2012 R2 has been updated.

KMS Client Setup Keys

Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key

Windows 8.1 Professional

GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9

Windows 8.1 Professional N

HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7

Windows 8.1 Enterprise N

TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW

Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard

D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

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They can be used as product key when installing the OS in Enter the product key to activate windows:

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And the keys are used by VAMT from the ADK, of course activation will only work if a KMS server is available.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit

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When you choose to automatically install a KMS client key (GVLK), VAMT will use these KMS keys:

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Server changed to KMS key and as shown in partial key the last part is matching the KMS key:

 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Latest version of VMware tools

I sometimes need to have access to the latest version of VMware tools or to a version matching a specific ESX version.

This is for example the case when packaging the tools for use in a SCCM task sequence.

VMware provides all the versions here:

http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/index.html

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You will be able to find the latest version and previous versions.