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Information about Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

On February 22, 2011 was released Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. To download this Service Pack you must first pass the test Genuine Microsoft Software. To download the Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 just go to the Microsoft Download Center and follow these steps:

  • press the button Continue;
  • run the program GenuineCheck.exe;
  • enter the Windows Genuine Advantage code in website proposal;
  • proceed with the download of the version of Service Pack required.

Since the web pages of the Microsoft Download Center does not help much on which version of Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 you need to download, you can find a little more detail below:

  • Windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe: this application installs SP1 to a 32-bit machine running Windows 7 (537,8MB);
  • Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe: this application installs Sp1 to a 64-bit machine running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (903,2MB);
  • Windows_Win7SP1.7601.17514.101119-1850.X86FRE.Symbols.msi: standalone debugging symbols (free) for 32-bit machines (330,6MB);
  • Windows_Win7SP1.7601.17514.101119-1850.X86CHK.Symbols.msi: standalone debugging symbols (checked) for 32-bit machines (294,5MB);
  • Windows_Win7SP1.7601.17514.101119-1850.AMD64FRE.Symbols.msi: standalone debugging symbols (free) for 64-bit machines. This contains debugging symbols for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (287,8MB);
  • Windows_Win7SP1.7601.17514.101119-1850.AMD64CHK.Symbols.msi: standalone debugging symbols (checked) for 64-bit machines. This contains debugging symbols for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (262,7MB);
  • 7601.17514.101119-1850_Update_Sp_Wave1-GRMSP1.1_DVD.iso: this DVD image contains standalone update for all architectures (1953,3MB).

To learn how to install the Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, you can see the following two guides:

Thank you for your attention.

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Connecting to SMB share with an alias name (CNAME)

In the Microsoft Knowledge Base article number 281308 of the December 4, 2008 is written:

The registry key that is mentioned in the “Resolution” section is supported in Windows
Server 2008. However, it works only for Server Message Block (SMB) version 1. It does not work for SMB version 2, also known as CIFS (Common Internet File System). By default, CIFS is the file sharing protocol that is used on Windows-based computers. Windows includes an SMB client component (Client for Microsoft Windows) and an SMB server component (File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Windows). Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista support the new SMB 2.0.

At first reading it appears that the suggestion proposed in the KB281308 does not apply to Windows 2008/Vista/7 … In the same KB281308, but updated to September 28, 2009, we reads rather:

The registry key that is mentioned in the “Resolution” section is applicable only to SMB 1.0. To communicate over the SMB2.0 protocol, or CIFS (Common Internet File System), you do not have to set the registry key. SMB 2.0 allows for the functionality described in this article to work by default without additional configuration. Computers that run Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 support both SMB 1.0 and SMB 2.0. Windows includes an SMB client component (Client for Microsoft Windows) and an SMB server component (File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Windows). By default, SMB 2.0 is the file sharing protocol that is used when both client and server support it.

All other music … If you have a Windows server 2008 with hostname (NetBIOS Name) Galileo (galileo.homeworks.it as FQDN) and that server have a shared resource called Saturn and instead to use the UNC path \ \Galileo\Saturn you would like to use the UNC path \ \Newton\Saturn, where Newton (newton.homeworks.it) is an alias DNS (CNAME) for Galileo, then you need to follow the following recipe:

  • for clients with Windows 2008/Vista/7: creates the DNS alias (CANME) called Newton (newton.homeworks.it) associated to the server Galielo (galileo.homeworks.it);
  • for clients with Windows 2000/2003/XP:
    • creates the DNS alias (CANME) called Newton (newton.homeworks.it) associated to the server Galielo (galileo.homeworks.it);
    • connected to server Galileo with the credentials of a user with administrative rights on the server;
    • start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe);
    • locate and click the following key in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System
      \CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters
    • on the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
      Value name: DisableStrictNameChecking
      Data type: REG_DWORD
      Radix: Decimal
      Value: 1
    • quit Registry Editor;
    • restart the server Galileo.

Once you restarted the server Galileo, execute from the Command Prompt of Galileo the following commands: setspn -a host/newton galileo and setspn -a host/newton.homeworks.it galileo Or more generally: setspn -a host/<CNAME_Server> <NetBIOS_Name_Server> and setspn -a host/<CNAME_FQDN_Server> <NetBIOS_Name_Server>

Now to access the shared resource (SMB share) Saturn you can use or the UNC path \ \Galileo\Saturn, or the UNC path \ \Newton\Saturn.

This recipe is good for Windows 2000/2003/2003R2 (Windows 2000 should have installed Service Pack 4) and Windows 2008/2008R2. Note that the command setspn.exe is not pre-installed on Windows 2003R2, but  is part of the Windows 2003 Support Tools.

Unable on Windows 7 to connet to shared folder via UNC path

Few days ago I have come across a really strange problem. On a Windows 7 workstation (but the same problem can occur on Windows Vista), it was impossible to connect to any shared folder via UNC path. Although the error message suggested that it was a problem linked to name resolution, in reality the workstation was perfectly able to solve the FQDN, or NetBIOS name of each server. The same problem presented itself even if I used instead of the machine name, its IP address. Very strange …

Error Message

Error Message 0x800704CF

After a quick search on google I finally found a solution to the strange problem, reading the various posts in the Microsoft forum. The problem seems related to the presence of an abnormal number of network devices (such network devices there are not on my laptop with Windows 7). Opening the Device Manager and highlight the hidden devices (open View and then select Show Hidden Device), appeared about two hundred network cards calls Microsoft Device 6to4:

Microsoft Device 6to4

Microsoft Device 6to4

To solve the strange problem was simply delete all the network adapters called Microsoft Device 6to4. If you do not want to risk the carpal tunnel, I suggest you to use the Microsoft program called devcon.exe, that allows to run on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 the operations that usually take place with the Device Manager from the command line. For example, to delete all network adapters called Microsoft Device 6to4 you could use the command : devcon remove *6to4MP*

Instead to see all devices on your system, just use the command: devcon status *

Devcon.exe command does not work very well on workstations with Windows Vista/7  64bits. In these cases, it is not rare remove all network adapters Microsoft Device 6to4 by hand!


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Record your problems with Windows 7

Windows 7 provides to system administrators and all those involved in support for users, a useful tool to record problems. This ability to record problems with Windows 7, is provided by the command psr.exe.

Psr.exe Command

  • open the Start menu and run psr.exe;
  • press the Start Record button to start recording;
  • use the mouse to reproduce, step-by-step, the problem;
  • if you want to introduce comments, click on the Add Comment button and highlight the section of the screen you want to comment;
  • when finished press the Stop Record buttom;
  • save the recorded contents in a zip file and send to technical support if you feel like, or keep it for the future.

Inside the zip file, there is an mht file that can be read with Internet Explorer. The mht file consists of several sections, the most important are the section Problem Steps and the section Addiotinal Details.

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Knowing the Capacity of Battery Performance in Windows 7

In Windows 7, to know the performance capabilities of a laptop battery or more generally how to make your laptop more efficient from an energy standpoint, just run the following command from the Command Prompt (the command that we are reporting should be execute by an user who has administrative rights on the workstation, which is a user who belongs to the local Administrators group of Windows 7. For your convenience, you should run the command in a temporary folder such as C: \ Temp): powercfg -energy
After few minutes, will be created the Energy-report.html file report in the same folder where you ran the command powercfg -energy. Within the file Energy-report.html you can find several suggestions on how to improve the energy performance of your laptop. In particular, within the section Battery: Battery Information, you can know the battery capacity (Design Capacity) and its charge level (Last Full Charge). If the value reported in Last Full Charge should be smaller than half the value reported in Design Capacity, than it is time to buy a new battery!

Battery Information

Battery Information

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The Secrets of Windows 7 and Windows 2008

Microsoft’s Windows division president, Steven Sinofsky, said in a recent interview with Ina Fried, reported in Windows 7 has lots of ‘GodModes’ (exclusive), which Windows 7 and Windows 2008 resulted in a series of shortcuts to the main administration tools for Windows, which go under the name Windows Master Control Panel. The most important of these shortcuts are definitely the GodMode and Windows Components. For more information, please read the guide How to create shortcuts “Windows Master Control Panel” (GodMode) in Italian.

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Administration of Symantec Endpoint Protection, we have placed the Installazione del SEP Client su Windows 7, updated with the latest Symantec technical support.