Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Virtualbox, El Capitan and BootCamping Windows 10

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Unfortunately so far, the method I used to use virtualbox to start a Windows Bootcamp Guest at doesn’t work.

The main sticking point seems to be attaching the EFI partition to the vmdk file. Any ideas anyone….still trying.

Using VirtualBox to use a BootCamp Windows 8.1 Partition on Mac OS X Yosemite

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

I’ve been trying to get to the point where I can use my bootcamp partition from within Mac OS X Yosemite, (like you can do with VMWare Fusion or Parallels 10).


Finally…worked out dependencies for HP OO 10 Studio Install.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

We use HP Operations Orchestrator to do a lot of the automation workload in my job. I’ve been trying to do a clean install on top of Windows for a while. I’ve tried different OSes (7, 8, 8.1, 10), different versions of software installs etc…

But now I’ve managed to work it out. (and also got an automated install script that can be run to put the dependencies on!)

It uses the project boxstarter to do the grunt work. Its been tested Windows 7 and Windows 2012 R2.

Send Ctrl+Alt+Del to a RDP session within an RDP Session

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Ctrl+Alt+Delete… one of the most basic shortcuts everyone knows…

If you open up an RDP session you can’t use Ctrl+Alt+Delete, as the command would just be effective on the main PC, and not your RDP session.  So you’d use Ctrl+Alt+End.

This is great if you only going into a single RDP session, but what do you do if that first RDP session is a jump box and you have to open another RDP session or even another RDP session and then need to send Ctrl+Alt+Delete….

The On Screen Keyboard to the rescue

Open the On Screen Keyboard – “OSK”

On your main keyboard press Ctrl + Alt and then select Del on On Screen Keyboard

Enable Mapping to \\Hostname\C$ Share on Windows 7 or Vista

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The reason this doesn’t work is because of UAC (User Account Control). By default Vista doesn’t allow UAC elevation over the network with a local user account.

There’s a registry key that we can use to change this behaviour.

Manual Registry Hack

Open regedit.exe then navigate down to the following key.


If it doesn’t exist add a new 32-bit DWORD value named LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and set the value to 1.

At this point you can map to the C$ share and also perform some other administrative tasks remotely.

Powershell Script to Email a Disk Usage Report

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

I use a couple of different technologies to store large quantites of data on my “server” at home, namely Storage Pools combined with Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2012 R2. Up to a couple of weeks ago it was working great but I’ve started to notice oddities which couldn’t really be explained…

So I decided to script up a quick report and then schedule it to email me. This is how I did it.