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How To Restore Hidden Hyper-V Permissions

Microsoft Hyper-V /

If you overwrite or otherwise reset permissions in a Microsoft Hyper-V folder you will lose hidden permissions granted to logical virtual machine accounts named “NT VIRTUAL MACHINE<VM GUID>”. This will cause all virtual machines to fail when started with access denied messages, even if SYSTEM has full access to the directory structure. Unlike the special accounts created for other …

Configuring Internet Time (Atomic NTP) in Windows 2008 R2 or 7 Domains

Microsoft Windows Server /

Default installations of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will configure domain based network time resolution as soon as you create or join a domain. That’s the best option for all servers and computers except: Forest root servers – Establish the correct atomic time at the root, which is then (potentially) propagated to all other servers …

Download Microsoft Uninstall Utility (MSICUU Replacement)

Microsoft Windows Installer /

The MSICUU (MSI / Windows Installer Clean-Up Utility) and MSICUU2 (version 2) have been replaced by a new Microsoft Fix-It “Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter” available for direct download here: This is hard to find because searches for MSICUU will lead you off to several commercial replacement tools, and the Microsoft links are hidden …

Fix for XML Serialization Assembly Generation in Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft .NET XML /

XML serialization assembly generation greatly improves start-up performance of web service proxies. The Framework already supports generation and use of serialization assemblies via the SGEN command or MSBuild task. Visual Studio also purportedly supports this “automatically”. However it doesn’t work because by default it decides whether or not to generate the assemblies based on a …

Reasons to run Visual Studio 2010 as Administrator (UAC issues)

Microsoft Visual Studio /

Unfortunately Visual Studio 2010 (even SP1 level) is still not fully prepared for Vista and Windows 7 UAC (User Account Control – basically where the Administrators group membership is ignored until you “elevate”). Here is my list of why not, which you can use in case you need to justify it: First open of solution …