Software update issues for windows 8/Server 2012 in SCCM and WSUS

I just wanted to quickly mention that there was a hotfix released that adds support for Windows 8/Server 2012 into WSUS 3 SP2. You will need to install this to every WSUS server or any server that is hosting a Software update point for SCCM. I have been able to confirm that the issues are resolved on both stand alone WSUS server and SCCM 2007 with the hotfix.




Windows keyboard shortcuts

The new additions to the Win 8 GUI are really nice when working with a touch compatible display. However when you are using the old Mouse and keyboard, it can be a pain to always have to put your mouse in the corners to pull these up. Luckily there is a new set of Keyboard shortcuts in Win 8 to help access these. I have also included a list of shortcuts that were introduced in Win 7 or vista that still work in Win 8. I have ordered the list based on how useful I consider them to be.


New in Windows 8

Windows Key + X: Brings up an awesome menu with shortcuts to most commonly used tools and control panel applets to manage the system. This is a nice update from Win7 which would

Windows Key + C: Opens the default right sidebar menu (I think they are called charms?)

Windows Key + I: Opens Win8 settings menu

Windows Key + W: Search for settings

Windows Key + F: Search for files

Windows Key + K: Bring up the Devices screen


Windows 7/8 Compatible

Windows Key: Brings up the start menu. Anything you type will be searched for by default. This is a great fast way to launch programs or files


Advanced computer troubleshooting: Sysinternal tools and Mark Russinovich

Mark Russinovich is the founder of Winternals and the creator of the Sysinternals suite of free computer troubleshooting tools. His company Winternals was purchased by Microsoft along with the suite of Sysinternal tools. I strongly recommend checking out his “The Case of the Unexplained” TechED presentation series. The presentations cover advanced computer troubleshooting scenarios with the sysinternal tool suite. It will revolutionize the way you troubleshoot computer issues

The Case of the Unexplained 2008

The Case of the Unexplained 2009


Windows 8: Virtual PC, Windows XP Mode, hyper-v

Microsoft has dropped support for both Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode in Windows 8. Windows XP mode was added to Windows 7 as a temporary feature to ease transitions from XP. Now that most software has caught up it is no longer necessary to offer this feature. However if you used Virtual PC for a test environment or if you still need to run Windows XP for some legacy applications you are not out of luck. Windows 8 Pro now has the same fully featured “Client hyper-v” as Server 2012.


Hyper-v has a much richer feature set than Virtual PC

  • Support for complex virtual networks
  • Support for 64bit virtual OS (requires 64 bit host OS )
  • Support for dynamic memory
  • Better performance


To enable hyper-v on Windows 8


Working with WIM:Use WinPE to Capture or Apply WIM Images


Microsoft created a new set of imaging tools for the windows vista release. The new WIM format is a powerful tool that can be useful to  any power user. From the admin trying to simplify the deployments in his environment to the average guy looking for a free way to take flexible images of his home machine. In this set of articles I am going to cover how to take full advantage of these new tools

Before we begin you will need to install the following

Windows AIK

Preparing the WinPE CD to work with WIM images

Launch the WinPE Tool Command Prompt(found in the “windows aik” folder in the start menu)

Then run the following command

copype.cmd x86 O:winpe

I am using O:winpe as an example. This should be the path where you want to put your WinPE files. The target folder must not exist as it will get created in the process.

Now we are going to want to add the Imagex application to the WinPE IMG.

copy “c:Program filesWindows AIKToolsx86imagex.exe” O:winpeISO