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Thank you Juriba!

I like LinkedIn. If you join the right groups you will get very interesting discussions. Engaging in some of them might even earn you a nice prize. I am also an Amazon junkie, so the combination was perfect.

Opening my mailbox tonight I found out that I was awarded for a contribution on a Windows 7 Project Management LinkedIn group. This one is run by the people from Juriba.

Hi David,

We are delighted to announce that you are the winner of
Juriba's maiden Windows 7 Project Management LinkedIn
group competition.
To mark your victory, we've enclosed a £30 Amazon voucher,
which we hope you enjoy spending.

Many thanks for taking part and we look forward to hearing
from you further in the group in the weeks ahead.

Kind regards,

The Juriba Team

So, participate and engage, you can only benefit from it.

Join the Windows 7 Project Management Group

David Nudelman

Disk space on Microsoft Surface – 16 GB available on the 32 GB device

I really like the Microsoft Surface. Microsoft did a great job creating a device that is fun, fast and that really can be used to do stuff, unlike the iDevices.

A friend asked me about the Surface’s disk space, the 32 GB version of the Surface comes with only 16GB of available disk space. After that quite a few people asked me the same.

It took me about 5 minutes to find the answer, and after Binging the right combination of words I got the info we all want!


Surface with Window RT   (decimal system) 32 GB 64 GB
Total disk size as   reported by Windows (binary system) 29* 59*
Reserved space for Windows recovery tools -5 -5
Size of hard drive   reported by File Explorer 24 55
Windows RT, Microsoft Office and built-in apps -8 -8
Free space reported by   File Explorer 16 46

WMUG Event – A Day with Wally Mead covering ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SP1 on 10th of November 2012

At WMUG we are very proud to be able to organize first-class events like that. A full day with SCCM TopGun Wally Mead.

Microsoft TVP, Reading, UK on the 10th November 2012

You can find more information and registration details at:

Wioski 2.0 is out!

Just got very good news from my friend Sami Laiho. He just released the new version 0f his tool, Wioski 2.0.

Here are the details:

I believe everyone needs Windows 8 somehow now that its general availability date is tomorrow so I’d like you to be aware that my free Wioski 2.0 has just been released to production use. It’s the best solution for self-resetting demo machines and slates. Wioski is a free SteadyState replacement that resets a Windows 7 or 8 machine to its original state as fast it normally takes the computer to reboot.

How often do we hear that Windows works for some time and then needs to be reinstalled – What if your Windows would reinstall every time it reboots – think about it! As most of you know what Wioski is here’s a short list of what’s new in 2.0:

- Faster reset (thanks to Ronald Beekelaar for pointing me to a solution that eliminated the Windows PE totally)

- Support for Windows 8

- One installation media for Windows 7 and 8, for USB and DVD/ISO, and for both x86 and x64

- Ability to enable or disable the automatic reverting on every boot making it ideal for use in classrooms

- A lot of small fixes

Check out videos and download the free tool at

Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualisation – Virtual Exam Preparation Workshops

Want to go for the 70-659 exam? Microsoft is offering a great opportunity to get it done! They are providing FREE workshops to get you prepared.

The 2 day online workshop covers 4 modules of 2.5 hours each, covering all the content of the exam. Get ahead of the crowd, don’t miss it!

Dates available:
18 & 19 April – 9:30 to 14:30
20 & 21 April – 9:30 to 14:30

Register at:;kwdAny=44WW092;eventType=0;searchcontrol=yes;s=1

Good luck!

Bitlocker Password Recovery Viewer for Windows Server 2003

Bitlocker was designed to work with Windows Vista and Server 2008 and newer versions, but unfortunately some companies are still administering their environments with back ends based on Windows Server 2003 and Helpdesk staff using Windows XP.

In order to do a proper Bitlocker Administration, access to the Password Recovery keys for Bitlocker is critical. It took me a long time to gather all the information required to have access to the Bitlocker keys on Windows Server 2003, so I decided to share it with you!

1. The first step is to extend the Schema of your 2003 Domain to support the Bitlocker AD Attributes.

If you enable Bitlocker on machines before extending the schema the key will not be stored on Active Directory.
Configuring Active Directory to Back up Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption and Trusted Platform Module Recovery Information:
This download includes a guide, the schema extention and a few additional scripts you will need to run to allow machines to auto-update TPM information.
2. The second step is to install the SP1 for the Windows Admin Tools Pack

Install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack
3. The third step is to install the actual Bitlocker Password Viewer for Active Directory.
In this case we are talking about a Windows Server 2003 SP1 or later. Unfortunately there is no direct link for this download. The only official way to get that is to log a support call with Microsoft. You might be lucky and find it somewhere else ;D

BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory Users and Computers

Note: This article also provides information about optional use of the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for XP-based computers. If you want to obtain the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer tool for Windows XP/Windows Server 2003, please contact a Microsoft Support Professional.

The final result – You will get a tab for Bitlocker Recovery on the COMPUTER objects in Active Directory:


Exchange 2007 – MapiExceptionADNotFound: Unable to mount database

It is almost 1 am. I’ve been resolving an Exchange2007 issues since 9 am. Everything is going as planned until I hit a strange behaviour. I couldn’t mount an Exchange 2007 database that was recently created.

The error was: Error code: MapiExceptionADNotFound: Unable to mount database.
To be more specific, the wizard created the database on AD but couldn’t mount it. After doing some troubleshooting I found out that Exchange was writing to one Domain Controller and reading from another, therefore, it wasn’t an Exchange issue, just needed to wait (or force) replication between DCs.

Forced replication between the DCs on Active Directory Sites and Services and the database mounted instantly. Another thing that you can do is sit back and wait for it to replicate.

I hope this helps you! If it does, please leave a comment.

Hyper-V Hands on training for I.T. Professionals

Virtualising Servers with Hyper V

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2012Topic: Cloud

User: IT Pro

Location: Park Plaza, Plaza 3-6 Room, Boar Lane City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS


The aim of this camp is to provide a practical introduction to Hyper-V, for
people new to server virtualisation or those experienced in other server
virtualisation technologies.

The exact content of each camp is driven by you, the delegate. However, we
will follow some broad topics around virtualisation such as:

  •     •  Virtual networks in Hyper-V
  •     •  A first look at System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
  •     •  Installing Hyper-V
  •     •  Hyper-V licensing and licensing virtual machines
  •     •  Microsoft support for virtualisation