Reading Daylight Saving Time Data in Windows

When it comes to DST complexity, Israel has it worst (I think). We have our DST definition changed on a yearly basis, and consequently we have to repeat the DST deployment cycle (install update, check for timezone data, test DST-sensitive resources like Outlook calendars...) twice a year.
Even simple users ...

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Putting your Windows to sleep

Although there are many blog posts about configuring standby ("sleep") in Windows, each one with its own insomnia joke, I thought I'd share my methodology .

PowerCfg -energy:  The one tool to sort it all

I only learnt about this command near the end of my testing, but it still ...

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Adding .net 3.5 to a Windows Server 2012 template

I was approached by some colleagues building a new VM template for Windows Server 2012 who wanted some help with .NET framework 3.5.

The .NET oddity

As anyone who messed a bit with Windows Server 2012 knows, the .NET framework 3.5 is one of two features (along with ...

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Filtering Windows Event Log using XPath

When I want to search for events in Windows Event Log, I can usually make do with searching / filtering through the Event Viewer. For instance, to see all 4624 events (successful logon), I can fill the UI filter dialog like this:

  • Event Logs: Security
  • Event IDs: 4624

But sometimes I ...

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Enabling Remote Desktop Remotely

According to this Technet article, to enable remote desktop remotely by using the registry you need to set the key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server:fDenyTSConnections=0

and then reboot the server.
Rebooting is actually unnecessary - you can just restart the service TermService
If you'd like to script ...

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2008 Clusters can't change password

Last week MS's PFE Moti Bani and me solved a problem that bugged me for ~ a year - since the day we've started deploying 2008 clusters in our production environment:
2008+ Clusters can't update their CNO and VCO accounts' passwords.
The error, as shown in the cluster administrator ...

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