Posts Tagged ‘windows’


As part of the Insider program I get rather frequent upgrades to Windows 10. Each time the upgrade installs it resets my speech language to “English (United States)” which means Cortana stops working as my Region is set to “Australia”

I also use ConfigMgr to handle updates on my network (this would also apply for people using WSUS) so when I go into the Region & language settings I don’t get the Speech feature appearing under the “English (Australia)” options.

Luckily, it is relatively easy to sort out.



This will be a quick reference page for links to build numbers for versions of various products

Configuration Manager 2012

Exchange 2007-2010

Exchange 2013

SQL Server

Windows Server and Workstation – Need better reference with build numbers

This post is going to be more of a “brain-dump” post of thoughts and ideas around the process of using ConfigMgr to deploy Microsoft updates in your environment. There are already numerous “guides” on the net already, so why?

This may or may not be a long read. It will just be my thoughts at this stage, with later posts (possibly) going into details of the pros and cons of different approaches and issues encountered. All feedback or experiences you would like to share are most welcome, and I’ll incorporate new ideas and points to consider into the post


Most of the lists I’ve seen people put together have the Remote Desktop (RDP) shortcut first with the corresponding desktop shortcut after. That doesn’t makes sense to me. I’m used to looking on the left side for what I want to match, then across to find the required entry I need. So here is my contribution to a lookup list that makes sense, and is also in a nice table format you can print out and stick on a wall rather than a hard to read text list.

Native Desktop RDP Session Description
ALT + TAB ALT + PAGE UP Switch to next Window
ALT + SHIFT + TAB ALT + PAGE  DOWN Switch to previous Windows
ALT + ESC ALT + INSERT Cycle Windows in order used
CTRL + ESC ALT + HOME Start Menu
ALT + SPACE ALT + DELETE Open the Window menu (resize, move etc)
ALT + Print Screen CTRL + ALT + MINUS Capture the active window in RDP session
Print Screen CTRL + ALT + PLUS Capture full screen of RDP session

Here’s a quick script I’ve written to generate a log of my servers windows backup results. It connects to each server and log the start time of the backup operation and the “Successful” time. If there is no “success” due to an error then it just won’t return anything.


Have you only got a server or two and not much budget to work with? I’m guessing you might also be using the built in Windows Backup?

There isn’t actually much wrong with using Windows Backup. It does the job, just without all those extra features of paid-for backup solutions. One big missing feature for example is notifications of backup results.

So here’s a quick and easy way to keep track of those backups. It’s not the neatest solution, but it is better than nothing!


Should be simple and obvious, but it’s not. This guy explains how to do it really well.

Same steps apply for Server 2012, just check also that the RAC task itself is actually enabled, as well as the triggers.


A bunch of commands to set various Windows Time Sync options