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How-to : Microsoft App-V Infrastructure Deployment

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For testing purposes I deployed Microsoft AppV infrastructure.

 

Systems presented on diagram above:

  • Core-DC-01 – Domain Controller – deployed prior to AppV installation
  • Core-SQL-01 – SQL Server – deployed prior to AppV installation
  • AppV-SRV-01 – AppV Management Server
  • AppV-WKS-01 – AppV Sequencer Workstation

Installation process for systems listed above below.

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Tips & Tricks : Windows 8.1 as wireless hotspot

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When you need to use your computer as wireless hotspot, you can easily enable that functionality with PowerShell:

Windows PowerShell
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PS C:\windows\system32> netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Windows-Wireless-Hotspot key=password123
The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

PS C:\windows\system32> netsh wlan start hostednetwork
The hosted network started.

PS C:\windows\system32>
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Tips & Tricks : BitLocker requires recovery key when USB device connected at startup

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Sometimes when you start machine with BitLocker enabled and same time some storage device was connected to USB port, BitLocker might request Recovery Key. This happens because USB ports is listed on boot device search list. To avoid this type of event best idea is to remove USB from boot search list. However, changing list of boot devices might also trigger BitLocker.

How to deal with this type of situation? Follow steps below:

  1. Suspend BitLocker  – command: manage-bde -protectors -disable c:
  2. Reboot machine
  3. Go to BIOS and remove all USB devices from available boot devices list
  4. Boot up to Windows
  5. Resume BitLocker – command: manage-bde -protectors -enable c:
NOTE: All above commands have to be issues from Command Prompt with elevated privileges.

After that no more issues with BitLocker during startup when USB storage devices are connected.

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How-To : Enable BitLocker PIN on computer in workgroup

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If you have machine which is not connected to domain, but has TPM chip you might want to encrypt disks with BitLocker and enable PIN protection at boot-up.

In order to do that you have to make sure TPM is activated and enabled for provisioning in BIOS. Next step will be to allow PIN use, as by default that option is not active especially on machines not connected to Active Directory domain.

So, to enable ability to set PIN follow the steps:

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Tips & Tricks : iTunes store crashes on Windows 8.1

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NOTE: iTunes version 11.1.4.62 or above is free from that issue.

When trying to access iTunes Store from iTunes installed on Windows 8.1 it crashes. Problem is that iTunes can’t find specific DLL which is used to display content of the store.

In order to fix problem cop: QTMovieWin.dll

from:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support

to: C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes

and now you can access iTunes Store without any problems on Windows 8.1.

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Cheat Sheet : Windows 8.1 Shortcut

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Some handy keyboard shortcuts you can use in Windows 8.1

WINKEY - Toggles between Desktop and Start Menu

Esc  Key - If you have the Desktop running it will exit to desktop whenever in Start Menu

WINKEY + ,  Provides Peak of Desktop if open

WINKEY + B Switch to the Windows Desktop and select the tray notification area.

WINKEY + C  Display Charms and notification

WINKEY + D Switch to the Windows desktop and toggle Show Desktop.

WINKEY + E Switch to the Windows desktop and launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

WINKEY + F - Search Files using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + I - Display Settings pane for the Start screen.

WINKEY + L - Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

WINKEY + M - Minimize the selected Explorer window.

WINKEY + O - Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs.

WINKEY + P - Display the new options for items like projectors.

WINKEY + Q - Search within Apps using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + R - Switch to the Windows desktop and display the Run box.

WINKEY + U - Switch to the Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.

WINKEY + X - Switch to the Windows desktop and Administrative tools.

WINKEY + Z - Display the App Bar in a Metro-style app.

WINKEY + 1, WINKEY + 2,  WINKEY + 3 ,,,,  Launches each of the classic desktop Task Bar apps from Left to right.

These are Windows Classic Desktop Keys

WINKEY + .  List all Running Apps

WINKEY + 1, WINKEY + 2,  WINKEY + 3 ,,,,  Launches each of the classic desktop Task Bar apps from Left to right.

WINKEY + B - Select the tray notification area.

WINKEY + C - Display Charms and notification

WINKEY + D - Toggle Show Desktop. Very cool feature to help find other apps / shortcuts on desktop

WINKEY + E. Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

WINKEY + F - Search Files using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + I - Display Settings pane for Windows Desktop

WINKEY + L - Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

WINKEY + M - Minimize the selected Explorer window.

WINKEY + O - Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs.

WINKEY + P - Display the new options for items like projectors.

WINKEY + Q - Search (within) Apps using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + R - Display Run box.

WINKEY + U - Launch Ease of Access Center.

WINKEY + W - Search Settings using the new Windows Search pane. Defaults to Settings first

WINKEY + X - Switch to the Windows desktop and Administrative tools.

WINKEY + Left or Right Arrow - Aero Snap Moves position of selected app.

WINKEY + Up Arrow - Will Maximize Selected App

WINKEY + Down Arrow - Will Change app from Maximize to Normal then to Task Bar of Selected App