Archives for 2014

Tablet hardware keys cheatcard

So since I have a few tablets now I realized there are some differences to how you enter bios and such. So this is a list of mine and others I have played with.

Dell Venue Pro 8


  1. Power on the device
  2. Press and hold the volume up (+) button


  1. Power on the device
  2. Press and hold the volume down (-) button

Boot menu:

  1. Power on the device
  2. Press the volume up (+) button quickly and release

Surface Pro 2 (Probably most Microsoft Surfaces)

UEFI settings:

  1. Turn the machine off
  2. Press and hold the volume up (+) button
  3. Power on the device
  4. Just before the Surface logo appears release the volume up button

Boot from USB:

  1. Turn the machine off
  2. Insert the USB memory into the computer, make sure it UEFI bootable.
  3. Press and hold the volume down (-) button
  4. Power on the device
  5. Release the volume up button when the Surface logo appears

Screen capture:

  1. Press and hold Windows button. The button that takes you to the start menu.
  2. Press the volume down key on the left side of the surface
  3. The screen should dark flash for a second to show that it is done.

Getting a FSMO DC to start without replication

So you have just restored your domain controller so that you can do a recovery test or a real recovery. And you notice that the domain controller isn’t working. First you off you might even need to logon using the Directory Restore mode because well you just don’t get in. Then you notice all of those Event id 2092 in the Active Directory log.



This is a security measure implemented by Microsoft. To make sure that a domain controller that hosts a FSMO wont start the FSMO role, without checking if another domain controller has seized the role while the server was down. Consider the following:

  • We loose the current RID master (dc01)
  • We promote (seize) the dc02 to RID master
  • We fix the server dc01

If the check wasn’t done we could have two RID masters until the first replication was completed with dc01. Since having more than one of a FSMO role online at the same time is BAD. This check is good and works most of the time.

So now you are thinking, well my domain only has one domain controller. And it starts just fine, so?? Well Microsoft checks if there are any replication partners, if there aren’t well no need to check for replication.

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Adding RSAT without all features enabled (in Specops)

So knowing that we can add features to an install we decided to go and install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). Well funny thing here. I did as i described in my article A language is a language is a patch?. But Microsoft seems to have made a change with Windows 8. In windows 7 you needed to manually enable all the roles after you installed the update package, in Windows 8 everything is enabled. But that’s not what I wanted.

I wanted everything installed but not more than that. So lets use the knowledge of another of my late entrys about removing features during the install. So lets build a good image now. [Read more…]

Removing features from a Specops Deploy/OS Reference image

So in an article I just wrote about how to add features while installing. Now we are doing it the other way around, we are removing features.

This one is even simpler than adding features. One new custom property and one new task sequence entry. [Read more…]

A language is a language is a patch? (in Specops)

So I just had a thought. Since Specops Deploy / OS (Deploy)  is built on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). And MDT supports more than just languages, you can add patches, features and more. So why is Deploy limited to just languages, well the truth is: It’s not. You can add just about anything that you can add to MDT to Deploy. [Read more…]

Getting rid of gravatar from WordPress

Even though I had disabled Avatars completely under Settings => Discussions, my site was still loading javascrips and CSS from ( if you are using SSL). So what is up?

First of why care? Well since I have disabled avatars since I don’t need them, I don’t want my visitors to download unnecessary files. Just load your page and start your browsers developers tools (Chrome shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+I). There you should be able to see that your site is currently downloading lots of files, each file is a possible delay. I use GTMetrix sometimes just what they think of my site.

Well back to the what is happening. Without any need my site is instructing each visitor to download the following javascript and CSS files:

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Hyper-V: Firmware – Load Failed

I was reinstalling one of my virtual clients, a lot. And from time to time I ran into problems. Well I want the machine to boot from ethernet, that is a easy change. Just open the properties of the virtual machine, and bump ‘Network’ on the Firmware tab.. Well.. Where is my firmware tab?
Hyper-V Settings Firmware Load Failed

I need my firmware tab. [Read more…]

Windows Colors: a Preview

So I read a blog post by The Scripting Guy that talked about Use PowerShell to Display Known Colors. I thought that’s nice.. But It would be even simpler if I could just see the colors for myself. So I made a small chart to put here. To simplify the next time I need to change background colors using registry hacks.

Bisque,FFFFE4C4,          [Read more…]

Adding features to a Specops Deploy/OS Reference image

So as usual when it concerns Specops Deploy/OS it was a request from a customer that got me started. The customer wanted .NET 3 installed in their reference image. But that feature is no longer copied to the winsxs folder, but instead only lives on the DVD or on Windows Update. So how do we do this, DISM my world? MDT has a pretty way of doing this, we just needed to make sure we could use this in Deploy / OS. [Read more…]

Resetting the time configuration

I was wondering why one of my domain controllers was displaying the wrong time. I had previouly configured that just the PDC should go outside the domain. So I ran w32tm /monitor, the response was not really what I hoped

For the domain controller in question I got the following line RefID: (unspecified / unsynchronized) [0x00000000]. RefID should tell where the computer got it’s time from. In this case something was wrong, so I needed to reset the configuration. [Read more…]