Sound stopped working on laptop and the error message ” No audio output device is installed”.

Today I was presented with a Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, that until a couple of days ago had sound and LAN connectivity. The sound worked when diagnostics were run, but would not run when Windows 7 was loaded. So I knew it was not defective hardware. The solution which was relatively easy to implement … Continue reading Sound stopped working on laptop and the error message ” No audio output device is installed”.

Active Directory: Diagnostic Logging

When troubleshooting Active Directory the first place that most people look is the Windows Server event logs, the event logs can provide a wealth of information about the state of an Active Directory, but by default the recorded information is limited to the logging of critical and error events. To enable detailed diagnostic logging there … Continue reading Active Directory: Diagnostic Logging

Active Directory: Domain and Forest Functional Levels

All though Active Directory has been available for over ten years, one question that comes up time and time again at customer sites is "What do the Forest and Domain Functional Levels do and should I set them?"  After validating their Active Directory my answer is usually yes,  but what do these levels enable within Active Directory? … Continue reading Active Directory: Domain and Forest Functional Levels

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals

 This handy Excel spreadsheet  (All 19785 lines of it) provides a Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals, it details software applications that have met Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements for compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7. In the spreadsheet these products are identified with the compatibility status "Compatible – Windows … Continue reading Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals

Office 2010 Cumulative Updates for June 2010

Office 2010 has been available since April this year and Microsoft has made available a series of updates to improve the Office 2010 experience. The updates whilst all grouped under "Office 2010 Cumulative Update for June 2010 KB 2259686", they are in fact a series of invidual updates targeted at specific products that are part … Continue reading Office 2010 Cumulative Updates for June 2010

Active Directory Explorer v1.4 – Now Available

Microsoft have released version 1.4 of the Sysinternals tool "Active Directory Explorer ".  AD Explorer is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor. You can use AD Explorer to easily navigate an AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes without having to open dialog boxes, edit permissions, view an object's schema, and … Continue reading Active Directory Explorer v1.4 – Now Available

Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP) not working.

Recently I had a couple of issues with Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP) and enabling it to work for IT teams who were not Administrators. One issue I had was that every time Resultant Set of Policy was run for users with delegated permissions (and on further testing "Domain Admins" too) they all received an … Continue reading Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP) not working.