Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Adobe Reader DC Black Cursor Instead of Mouse Pointer (Solved)

Here’s just a quick tip for something that happened to me yesterday.
For some strange reason, Adobe Reader DC started to show up a black square instead of a mouse pointer when over blank areas in a PDF document.

To solve this…errr…strange behavior do the following:

  1. Close Adobe Reader DC

  2. Navigate to:

  3. Locate and delete a file named:

Now open Adobe Reader DC and your mouse point is back!

Microsoft Inspire 2018 – Day Two Keynote

Here’s the 2nd day keynote of Microsoft Inspire 2018:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Microsoft Inspire 2018 – Day One Keynote

Although it doesn’t generate has much hype has Build conference, Microsoft Inspire it’s a very interesting conference where Microsoft partners can get insights about last year and the future and…get inspired by others to develop new solutions and mainly where Microsoft thinks are the key success factors for they’re partners.

Here’s the day one (of three) keynote:


Sunday, July 8, 2018

All “ms-settings” commands for Windows 10 v1709

Ok ok, Windows 10 v1803 is out for some time, but lots of enterprises still use v1709 or at least are on the deployment phase with this version.

One of the most awkward thing I’ve found on GPOs for Windows 10 it’s the way to hide or disable Windows Settings icons, like I’ve explained on a previous post (FrontSlash Blog - Win10 - GPOs - Hiding pages in Settings app)

But…well…not much to do here.

Because Microsoft implements new features twice a year, also with these new features the Settings app get new icons.
To save you the trouble to search all of them, here’s a nice post from Winaero with ALL the “ms-settings” you can use in your GPO:
Winaero - ms-settings Commans in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Removing Tiles from Action Center for All Users

SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ActionCenter\Quick Actions\UnpinnedByDefault

Avoiding the “Download language type features” Annoying Popup in Your Golden Image

You’ve created you’re perfect golden image, everything installed correctly, all the Microsoft hotfixes are installed, no missing drivers and…after a while you get a popup stating that you need to “download language typing features”…

Just to get things a little bit more frustrating, you’re machines are behind a proxy and cannot download this additional features.

This is a common scenario on enterprises, specially and foremost on enterprises outside U.S.

To strip out Windows from being a large ISO/WIM file, Microsoft decided to add some additional features with an “on-demand” installation. This means that some features that can be activated in the O.S. may need to download they’re source files from the Internet.
This happens if you want to activate .NET Framework 3.5 for example.

Now, to avoid this from happening follow the steps bellow.
Keep in mind that this is an example for enterprises with Microsoft VLS. If not an enterprise, the main difference is that you should find the direct download path on the CBS.log file also.

  1. First thing you need to know, is exactly which files Windows needs to download. For this one you need to take a look at this file:

  2. Now search for something like “Microsoft-Windows-LanguageFeatures-“. If you look closely to this log file you’ll notice that this file could not be downloaded or some kind of error.
    Usually there are 2 files you need. the “Basic Language” and “OCR” features

  3. Now that you know what you need, go ahead to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center website and download the following ISO:

  4. When you mount the ISO, you’ll find the files you need as a *.cab file.

  5. Copy the files you need and now you just need to had them to your golden image.

  6. To install this cab files you just need to run this DISM commands, like in this example:
    DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:Microsoft-Windows-LanguageFeatures-Basic-pt-pt-Package.cab

And..you’re done!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tips & Tricks – Easy Logging Reading with CMTrace

Have you ever opened a *.log file with notepad and wished to have something else that could format everything for you, and that could also automatically show you error lines or warnings?
Than CMTrace it’s the perfect tool for you.

Bundled with SCCM 2012 R2 Toolkit (and also in previous version I believe), you’ll find CMTrace tool that does the job for you.

Download it here:
TechNet - SCCM 2012 R2 Toolkit