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Dec
7
2015

How to Buy a laptop as a Regular Person (2015-2016 edition)

This is a yearly re-post / re-edit. It started in 2009 and has been updated yearly. This started out as a post to “just my closest friends” but has become one of my popular blog entries of all time. Here’s my fully updated guide to end-of-year 2015 into 2016. If you’re an IT geek like me, you’re often asked “What kind of laptop should I buy?” If you’’re NOT an IT geek, you’’re likely asking an IT geek friend “What kind of laptop should I buy?” This is a guide for both of you. If you’’re in IT, this question […]

Nov
24
2015

Wubba heck is WUB (Windows Update for Business)

In the spirit of NOT repeating everything word for word that people have already laid down, I can point you to some very well written articles explaining the basics of Windows Update for Business. That being said, before you dive in, here’s my pre-2 cents / summary of Windows Update for Business (WUB): Windows Update for Business is not (yet another) cloud service. Windows Update for Business is not WSUS in the cloud. (See first bullet point.) Windows Update for Business is a mere SINGLE Group Policy Setting. The point of WUB is to use the GP skills you already […]

Aug
21
2015

RSAT for Windows 10

RSAT is the “Remote Server Admin Tools.” It’s like the old “Adminpak.MSI”.. but.. it’s got a new name. And its out for Windows 10 now. Here’s the link ! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520 Enjoy !

Aug
7
2015

Group Policy ADMX Files and Group Policy ADMX Spreadsheet for Windows 10

Team: It’s TIME! Windows 10 is out out out.. and with that, so is the latest Group Policy settings ADMX files and corresponding Excel Settings reference. Here is a link to those two resources *AND* a link to my (older but totally still works!) video on WHAT TO DO WITH THE ADMX file DOWNLOAD. So, here are… The ADMX files themselves: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257 The ADMX settings spreadsheet reference: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250 Also, please see MY VIDEO on what to do when you download the latest ADMX files. PS: In case anyone ran into the error below after they copied over the new files. […]

Jul
28
2015

How to block a Windows 10 update using Group Policy and the Cloud (For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1)

I’ve been asked if there’s a Group Policy based way to squelch the messages to “Reserve your copy of Windows 10″ from normal users. The answer is YES, but it’s only REQUIRED for NON-DOMAIN JOINED MACHINES. This is the one-stop-shop for everything from Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351 There is another article from Microsoft which explains why Windows PRO machines might still get the pop-up, even if they ARE domain-joined and how to stop those machines from getting the upgrade. Okay. The final question though is: how do you get registry items over to your NON-DOMAIN JOINED machines if you don’t want to run […]

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