Archive for the Windows 7 Category

Best practise: How to open Internet Explorer shortcut in new tab with RES User Workspace Manager

Posted in Internet Explorer, RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 2008, Windows 7, XenApp with tags , , , , on January 31, 2012 by uniekdevries

One of our customers asked me if it was possible to automatically open two websites (Managed Applications) in two different tabs when logging on.

Because every application has it’s own Application ID, pwrgate.exe starts a new instance of the application, even though the Internet Explorer is already active.

Since there is no commandline option to open a url in a new tab (unlike Firefox; firefox.exe -new-tab <url>), starting iexplore.exe is no option. Eventually RES Support came with the solution, When starting the url directly from the command prompt, Internet Explorer opens the website in a new tab.

Remember to change the shortcut icon when presenting the new application.

“c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /c start http://www.ressoftware.com&#8221;

 

 

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Disable “computer account password change” to prepare sequencing workstation

Posted in App-v, Windows 7 with tags , on December 12, 2011 by uniekdevries

When preparing your sequencing workstation it is a best practise to set the “DisablePasswordChange” entry to 1. Especially when your sequencing workstation is a virtual machine and you want to revert to a previous snapshot or original configuration, this entry is very useful. If you do not set this entry and you revert to a previous snapshot, you have the problem that you cannot log on to the domain. The solution for this is log on locally, join the computer to a workgroup, join the domain again and reboot the machine. When doing a lot of sequencing work, this gets annoying.

What you have to do is the following:

Start Registry Editor. To do so, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters
In the right pane, click the DisablePasswordChange entry.
On the Edit menu, click Modify. In the Value data box, type a value of 1, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor.

For more information see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154501

RES Powerfuse Shell in combination with Aero look

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 7 with tags , , , , on December 12, 2011 by uniekdevries

It is possible to combine the RES Powerfuse shell with the Windows 7 Aero look. Although it is not supported by RES Support it works pretty fine. Actually it would be a great feature if RES would support it. I think it is a good combination of user functionality and manageability.

By accident I found out that if you have roaming profiles and you log on to a Windows 7 machine without RES User Workspace Manager installed / enabled, then the first time you log on back again to your original computer the Aero look is enabled. It is even possible to switch programs by using the Windows key + Tab

The only thing I know so far that does not work is the Show Desktop button next to the Start button.

I submitted a Feature Request so I hope this request will be approved. I’m not the only one who thinks it would be a nice feature. Myvirtualvision.com also thinks it would be a great feature because it fits in the philosophy of RES software.

Start command prompt in administrator mode directly from Startmenu with Powerfuse shell

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 7 with tags , , on December 2, 2011 by uniekdevries

If you have configured the Powerfuse shell and UAC (User Account Control) is enabled, then you probably have the problem that there is no easy way to start the command promt in Adminstrator mode because you cannot rightclick on the shortcut in the Startmenu.

I did not find an option in the User Workspace Management Console to solve this problem. So I made an application entry in the Startmenu that points to a shortcut of cmd.exe. In the Advanced options of the shortcut I selected the option “Run as Administrator”.

I agree with you that this is not a difficult problem but still it took me some time to find the solution.

This is what I did:

Rightclick on cmd.exe and create a shortcut.

Open the properties of the shortcut and choose “Advanced”. 

Select “Run as Administrator” and click on OK.

Rightclick the shortcut (+ Shift key) and choose “Copy as Path” 

In the User Workspace Management Console create a new Startmenu item and paste the path in the Command line field.

Based on Res Userworkspace Manager 2010 SR2, Windows 7 with Powerfuseshell enabled.

Best practise: How to preserve Outlook signature and additonal mailboxes with RES User Workspace Manager?

Posted in Citrix, RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 2008, Windows 7 with tags , , , on November 6, 2011 by uniekdevries

When using the predefined settings of the Outlook template in RES User Workspace Manager (zero profiling) the outlook signature and additonal mailbox settings are not saved to the users homefolder. So if you want to preserve this settings to, you have to add the following keys:

Additional Outlook settings

Additional Outlook settings

In our environment we use this setting to roam between Windows 7 and Windows 2008 (Citrix). Both Workspaces have their own Windows profile. This feature helps us “synchronizing” important user settings.

Best practise: Identification method RES Automation Manager

Posted in RES Automation Manager, Windows 7 with tags , on August 24, 2011 by uniekdevries

The default identification method for a new agent in RES Automation Manager is default set to “Unique GUID generated by RES Automation Manager”. This means when you reinstall a workstation, the workstation is added again to the database. The computername is identical only the GUID is different.

RES Automation Manager identification method 1

This is not practical when you want to schedule a job (for example the base layer) to the workstation, especially when the agent is offline. The only way to find out for which agent you have to schedule the job is to look at the “Last contact’ date. Besides this practical issue you also have to clean up the database on a regular base to keep track.

Therefore it is a better option to change the indentification method to “MAC address of the first enabled network interface card”.

RES Automation Manager identification 2

Now when you reinstall a workstation or a testmachine the agent is not registered a second time in the database. It is now possible to schedule a job to the workstation even when you want to reinstall the workstation first.

I think a lot of administrators change this setting to benefit more form the possibilities RES Automation Manager provides.

How to configure bypass proxy settings from registry?

Posted in Internet Explorer, RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 7 with tags , , on August 8, 2011 by uniekdevries

If you want to bypass the proxy for certain addresses, you can add them to the execption list of the proxy server.  This list is saved in the following registry key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]

“ProxyOverride”=

If you enable the option “Do not use proxy server for local (intranet) addresses” then ” ;<local>”  is added at the end of the “ProxyOverride” key. So there is no seperate key for this setting. 

Keep this in mind when you want to manage the execption list by setting the key with a tool like RES User Workspace Manager.  

Proxy settings