Windows 10 Preview Reset

If you have installed the Windows 10 Preview like a lot of people but experiencing lockups, bugs, etc, before reverting back to Windows 8.1, try a full reset first.  Many times the in-place upgrade to Windows 10 Preview can cause issues just like doing an in-place upgrade on the desktop.  Having a clean start often clears a lot of problems.

Microsoft Intune – March Update

Microsoft will be making the next update for Microsoft Intune between March 4, 2015 and March 7, 2015. New Intune standalone (cloud only) features that will be released as part of this service update include:

  • Ability to streamline the enrollment of iOS devices purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller with the Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
  • Ability to restrict access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business based upon device enrollment and compliance policies
  • Management of OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Ability to deploy .appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict the number of devices a user can enroll in Intune

It’s important to note that the updates are for the stand alone Cloud only and not the integrated with SCCM. Updated to the integrated extensions are usually 3-6 months after the standalone is available.


How to Remove Saved Passwords from a Web Browser

In order to remove stored passwords for your web browser please follow the instructions below based on whether you are using Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

Internet Explorer (Win 7/8)

When you enter a username and password for Internet Explorer that it has not already stored for a website, it will ask if you want Internet Explorer to remember the password.

  • Click on Not for this site button on the pop-up menu.
  • This will set Internet Explorer not to prompt you to save this password for this site.

To remove individual passwords: when using IE and a saved password is pre-filled on your screen, simply highlight the username that displays there, and press the Delete key to remove just that one username/password combination from IE. Internet Explorer will then prompt you to confirm that you do want to delete it.

Win 8:  Internet explorer has a Manage Password or Web Credentials Manager.

To access this please do the following:

  1. Open the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Click Content.
  4. Under AutoComplete, click Settings.
  5. Click on Manage Passwords
  6. Click on the Web Credentials Manager
  7. Click on the drop down arrow by the web site you want to remove the password.
  8. Click on Remove.

To remove all the saved passwords:

  1. Open the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Click Content.
  4. Under AutoComplete, click Settings.
  5. Click Delete AutoComplete history…

To prevent AutoComplete in the future, make sure AutoComplete is deselected for User names and passwords on forms, and then click on OK.

Installing Secondary Sites and other Roles on Windows 2012 with Riverbed in the mix

During a new Configuration Manager 2012 implementation project, we tried to push a secondary site at another location (Datacenter B) from our primary site (in Datacenter A). We saw failures in the logs specifically it can’t connect to the secondary server’s c$ and failed other queries. Both Primary and the secondary servers are Windows Server 2012. Some testing showed we are not able to connect to c$ manually from the primary server from Datacenter A to the secondary server in Datacenter B. But we can connect from a Windows 7 desktop from Datacenter A to the server (2012) in Datacenter B.

After much research, we found this is was because the sites are optimized by Riverbed and the current firmware of the appliances do not support SMB3.

Riverbed just announced SMB3 support late July 2013 with the release of RiOS 8.5 for Q3 2013.

In RiOS 8.5, Riverbed is introducing new optimizations for business-critical Microsoft applications and environments including SharePoint® 2013, Exchange 2013, Office365® and file sharing applications that utilize the server message block 3 (SMB3) protocol in Windows® 8 and Server 2012 environments. As a result, mutual customers of Microsoft and Riverbed can increase productivity and efficiency, while enhancing business resilience.

Their blog (from August 5, 2013) also stated the same.

Work around is to disable Secure Negotiate.

To change this setting, set the following LanmanWorkstation parameter using PowerShell cmdlet:

Set-SmbClientConfiguration – RequireSecureNegotiate <0|1|2>

0 – Disabled

1 – Required

2 – Enabled if needed 

You can also edit the DWORD value through the registry editor.


To change the default behavior, you need to define the registry key. If not present, its default value is “Required” in Windows 8 clients.

The registry key can be populated via GPP in the computer configuration.

More information on SMB on 2012 and previous version:

Client / Server OS Windows 8
Windows Server 2012
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008
Previous versions
of Windows
Windows 8
Windows Server 2012
SMB 3.0 SMB 2.1 SMB 2.0 SMB 1.0
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2
SMB 2.1 SMB 2.1 SMB 2.0 SMB 1.0
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008
SMB 2.0 SMB 2.0 SMB 2.0 SMB 1.0
Previous versions
of Windows
SMB 1.0 SMB 1.0 SMB 1.0 SMB 1.0

Sync Internet Explorer Favorites with SkyDrive

With everyone having multiple devices today (laptops, desktops, work PCs, tablets), one of the features lacking in Internet Explorer (IE) is the ability to sync and backup favorites. This feature existed in Live Mesh but was removed when replaced with SkyDrive.

But you can still make this happen by redirecting Favorites to a Skydrive folder on your devices.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download SkyDrive
  2. Your SkyDrive folder by default is C:\Users\%username%\SkyDrive    (%username% is the name of the login ID you use to logon to your computer)
  3. Go to the SkyDrive folder and create a new folder called Favorites.
  4. Open the user profile directory c:\users\%username%
  5. Right click on Favorites and click Properties
  6. Click the Location tab
  7. Click Move
  8. Choose the new Favorites folder created in step #3
  9. When you install Skydrive on other devices, the favorites folder should already sync. Simply start with step #4 on those devices.

Note – the example here uses SkyDrive, but you can work with Dropbox and Google Drive as well


ThinkPad Driver Packs for ConfigMgr available

Some of us have been waiting a long time for these.

ThinkPad Driver Packs for ConfigMgr are self-extracting executables with drivers in the folder structure and format so they can imported into ConfigMgr 2007 or 2012 and used in an Operating System Deployment task sequences for deployments.

If the links above don’t work, driver packs are a bit harder to locate than they are for Dell and HP. You have to hit the Drivers & Software page on the Lenovo site, then walk through their wizard to identify the model of PC for which you want drivers. Once you do that, you can jump to the Enterprise Management spot and grab the ConfigMgr Packs for the various processor types.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

The downloadable files listed on this page contain the product documentation for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The available file types include:

  • CHM (as part of the Help Update Wizard msi) – last updated May 23, 2012
  • DOCX – last updated May 23, 2012
  • PDF – last updated May 23, 2012