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Official MS KMS Keys   Leave a comment

KMS keys (GVLK) for Windows Client and Server SKU’s

Vista, 7, 8, 8.1. Server 2008, Server 2008R2, Server 2012 R2.

KMS Client Keys gathered..

Windows Vista Business YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8
Windows Vista Business N HMBQG-8H2RH-C77VX-27R82-VMQBT
Windows Vista Enterprise VKK3X-68KWM-X2YGT-QR4M6-4BWMV
Windows Vista Enterprise N VTC42-BM838-43QHV-84HX6-XJXKV
Windows 7 Professional FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4
Windows 7 Professional N MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG
Windows 7 Professional E W82YF-2Q76Y-63HXB-FGJG9-GF7QX
Windows 7 Enterprise 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH
Windows 7 Enterprise N YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ
Windows 7 Enterprise E C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4
Windows 8 Professional NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4
Windows 8 Professional N XCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ
Windows 8 Enterprise 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7
Windows 8 Enterprise N JMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT
Windows 8.1 Professional GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows 8.1 Professional N HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY
Windows 8.1 Enterprise MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW
Windows Web Server 2008 WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D
Windows Server 2008 Standard TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2
Windows Server 2008 Standard wo Hyper-V W7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise wo Hyper-V 39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG
Windows Server 2008 HPC RCTX3-KWVHP-BR6TB-RB6DM-6X7HP
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter 7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter wo Hyper-V 22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium Systems 4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web 6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition FKJQ8-TMCVP-FRMR7-4WR42-3JCD7
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter 74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V
Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

Note: Sourced default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.. They can be used as product key when installing the OS in Enter the product key to activate windows. When you choose to automatically install a KMS client key (GVLK), VAMT will use these KMS keys.

Creds to http://woshub.com/publik-kms-keys-gvlk-for-windows-7-windows-server-2012-r2/ and a bloke’s blog I can’t remember :)

Posted September 13, 2016 by benryanau in ICT, Microsoft

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Outlook.com / Hotmail / Live Mail – Room for improvement   1 comment

New MS Hotmail / Outlook.com is a bit overbloated with script and active content but everything’s like that n0w I spose.

Despite the fat causing browsers to suffer resource bloat, therefore making it costly to leave a tab open for Hotmail while browsing, it’s still quite good.

It could do with room to improve though.

Here’s some suggestions, blogged so I can pass them to the devs; the feedback form isn’t much chop with limited chars and no provision for a two-way dialog or issue tracking functionality..

INBOX WORKFLOW / KEYBOARD ACCELERATORS

When reading email from the Inbox, after selecting a message, (and the content then showing in the reading pane), the space-bar doesn’t work to scroll down-page in the reading pane.
It did behave that way in the past.
Obviously this small keyboard shortcut/feature is very useful when wading through a full inbox!
An ideal scenario which is not currently possible for reading an inbox with many new messages would be the provising of keyboard accelerators for a workflow similar to this:
-Beginning in the reading pane..
-Shift-tab from Reading Pane back up to the currently active email in the Message List,
-Then arrow down to the next email, with it then displaying in reading pane
-Press tab to make reading pane active
-Space-bar and/or arrow up/down through the message
-Tab or Shift Tab back to Message List when done
-Press delete, ctrl-m for move, or one of a number of other appropriate accelerators for common actions to deal with the message
-Return highlight/selection to the next email down in the Msg List
-Tab down to the Reading Pane

 

Posted March 29, 2014 by benryanau in ICT, Microsoft, Web

MS Skydrive – File/Access Statistics?   2 comments

There are a few things missing from MS Skydrive. One useful feature missing is the ability to see download stats on your (and perhaps, other’s) files on Skydrive. Similar to the statistics most blog engines have on blog hits. Some key stats per file might include total hits, # last week, referring URL, downloader’s MS Live ID.

It’s typical of Microsoft to half-develop something to the point that it’s an average product with heaps of potential.. then leave it that way. Usually announcing down the track they’re “going in a different direction”. Take MS MyPhone, MS Photo Tools, MS InfoCard.. maybe if they get far along enough with SkyDrive, they’ll keep it.

So why not ask them to keep improving SkyDrive… here!

Posted January 12, 2012 by benryanau in ICT, Microsoft

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Hotfix KB976035 – Watch out!   Leave a comment

Be very careful of KB976035. It’s broken, on one system anyway.
The hotfix title is "Update Rollup for the TCP Chimney Offload feature in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista"
Seems to be MS’s latest attempt at fixing the persistent issues with ToE.
Under Vista x86 SP2, (Dell D830 with BCM57xx NIC, Intel Wifi 5350, Dell Bluetooth 360) the update causes a BSOD.
But, the crash is only detected when using Driver Verifier. This means the hotfix appears fine but actually has bugs in it that will probably eventually cause weird behaviour or a BSOD,
The STOP bugcheck is 0x000000C4 (DRIVER_VERIFIER_DETECTED_VIOLATION )
WinDbg shows:
Probably caused by : tcpipreg.sys ( tcpipreg!InterfaceAddressRegKeyChangeHandler+b2 )
Backing out this hotfix in safe mode resolved the issue.

Posted November 27, 2009 by benryanau in Microsoft

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MS Terminal Services Client v6.1 Registry Log   2 comments

I’m trying to disable the warning message when connecting to a client – "The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified".
This is still WiP, I’m over it for today :)

Thought I’d record for reference the registry values the TS client (MSTSC v6.1 as with Vista) queries.
Lots of these aren’t present by default. Many of these queries are also duplicated in HKLM but I’ve omitted these – we all know HKLM regedits are naughty :)
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DisablePrinterRedirection NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DisableClipboardRedirection NAME NOT FOUND
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\AuthenticationLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\BitmapPersistCacheSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\BitmapPersistCache16Size NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\BitmapPersistCache24Size NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\BitmapPersistCache32Size NAME NOT FOUND
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\AllowUnsignedFiles NAME NOT FOUND
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\AllowSignedFiles NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\PinConnectionBar NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\RemoteDesktopFolder NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\MBCSServername NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\EnableSslWithUserAuth NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Shadow Bitmap Enabled NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\UseShadowBitmapInFullScreen NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\MaxRdpCompressionLevel NAME NOT FOUND
RegOpenKey HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\RedirectDevices NAME NOT FOUND
RegOpenKey HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\TransportExtensions SUCCESS
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\TransportExtensions\Gateway SUCCESS Type: REG_SZ, Length: 26, Data: aaclient.dll
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DisablePrinterRedirection NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DisableClipboardRedirection NAME NOT FOUND
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\AuthenticationLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride NAME NOT FOUND
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\PromptForCredsOnClient NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\RemoteDesktop_SuppressWhenMinimized NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Min Send Interval NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Allow Background Input NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\OffscreenSupportLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\OffscreenCacheSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\OffscreenCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\BitmapPersistCacheLocation NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\MultiFragmentUpdateMaxSize NAME NOT FOUND
RegOpenKey HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Servers\<<hostname>>NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR\ThreadTimeOut NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR\DisableDeviceRedirection NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\LicensingTimeout NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusEnabled NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusSupportLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusCacheLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusGraphicsCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusBrushCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusPenCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusImageCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusGraphicsCacheChunkSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusBrushCacheChunkSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusPenCacheChunkSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusImageAttributesCacheChunkSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusImageCacheChunkSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusImageCacheTotalSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusImageCacheMaxSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawGdiplusImageattributesCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawNineGridSupportLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawNineGridEmulate NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawNineGridCacheSize NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\DrawNineGridCacheEntries NAME NOT FOUND
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\AuthenticationLevel NAME NOT FOUND
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride NAME NOT FOUND

Let me know if you find any of this useful and have further info on any entries.

Posted February 15, 2009 by benryanau in Microsoft

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Windows Mobile 6.1 to Cisco IOS PPTP VPN   Leave a comment

CAVEAT: ppp lcp predictive doesn’t work on all IOS’s!

Like the rest of the world, I found Windows Mobile 6.1 would not connect to a Cisco VPDN server over PPTP.

I really needed this, so I struggled with it (for days). Finally I got it working! Sadly this means every customer I need to connect to must have this config.. grrr.

The issue seems to be the WM PPTP client is limited in its capabilities – it isn’t very flexible in what it negotiates with the server.

The main trouble was MPPE/MPPC negotiation – WM only supports stateful (or maybe only stateless but not both) MPPE.

PPP negotiation debugs showed a long back and forth CONFREQ CONFNAK sequence where WM just wouldn’t accept any offered types.

This behaviour was observed with 12.4(5b) on a c837.

Note you must use MS-CHAP-v2 only on the router. The easiest way is to use MS IAS on the server and configure that properly along with the router’s RADIUS config (another blog post later to describe how to get this working!)

In short, here’s the relevant Virtual Template config, along with some recommendations for PPTP:

vpdn-group <vpdn group>

accept-dialin
protocol pptp
virtual-template 10
pptp tunnel echo 30
ip tos reflect
ip tos 15
ip precedence critical
ip pmtu
ip mtu adjust

interface Virtual-Template10
mtu 1380
ip unnumbered Ethernet0
no ip proxy-arp
no ip route-cache same-interface
ip tcp header-compression
peer default ip address pool <your IP pool>
keepalive 20
compress mppc
ppp lcp predictive
ppp encrypt mppe 128 passive
ppp authentication ms-chap-v2 <your authentication list to RADIUS>

ppp authorization <your authorization list to RADIUS>
ppp ipcp mask 255.255.0.0
ppp ipcp predictive
ppp link reorders

Let me know how this works for you. And curse you MS and Cisco, so much for the ‘pledge to make products work together’.

Keywords: PPTP, VPN, VPDN, LCP, MPPC, MPPE, MS-CHAP-v2, IOS, CISCO, WM, WM6.1, Windows Mobile,, compression, encryption

Comments
Ben Ryan – 13/02/2009 1:15:39 PM

This is a snip of a successful negotiation:
1643181: Feb 9 08:11:07.122: Vi6 PPP: Phase is UP
1643182: Feb 9 08:11:07.122: Vi6 IPCP: O CONFREQ [Closed] id 1 len 16
1643183: Feb 9 08:11:07.122: Vi6 IPCP: CompressType VJ 15 slots CompressSlot ID (0x0206002D0F01)
1643184: Feb 9 08:11:07.122: Vi6 IPCP: Address 172.17.1.1 (0x0306AC110101)
1643185: Feb 9 08:11:07.122: Vi6 CCP: O CONFREQ [Closed] id 1 len 10
1643186: Feb 9 08:11:07.122: Vi6 CCP: MS-PPC supported bits 0x00000001 (0x120600000001)
1643187: Feb 9 08:11:07.126: Vi6 PPP: Process pending ncp packets
1643188: Feb 9 08:11:07.310: Vi6 CCP: I CONFREQ [REQsent] id 0 len 10
1643189: Feb 9 08:11:07.310: Vi6 CCP: MS-PPC supported bits 0x00000001 (0x120600000001)
1643190: Feb 9 08:11:07.314: Vi6 CCP: O CONFACK [REQsent] id 0 len 10
1643191: Feb 9 08:11:07.314: Vi6 CCP: MS-PPC supported bits 0x00000001 (0x120600000001)
1643192: Feb 9 08:11:07.330: Vi6 IPCP: I CONFREQ [REQsent] id 0 len 40
1643193: Feb 9 08:11:07.330: Vi6 IPCP: CompressType VJ 15 slots (0x0206002D0F00)
1643194: Feb 9 08:11:07.330: Vi6 IPCP: Address 0.0.0.0 (0x030600000000)
1643195: Feb 9 08:11:07.334: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryDNS 0.0.0.0 (0x810600000000)
1643196: Feb 9 08:11:07.334: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryWINS 0.0.0.0 (0x820600000000)
1643197: Feb 9 08:11:07.334: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryDNS 0.0.0.0 (0x830600000000)
1643198: Feb 9 08:11:07.334: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryWINS 0.0.0.0 (0x840600000000)
1643199: Feb 9 08:11:07.334: Vi6 AAA/AUTHOR/IPCP: Start. Her address 0.0.0.0, we want 0.0.0.0
1643200: Feb 9 08:11:07.334: Vi6 AAA/AUTHOR/IPCP: Done. Her address 0.0.0.0, we want 0.0.0.0
1643201: Feb 9 08:11:07.338: Vi6 IPCP: Pool returned 172.17.0.129
1643202: Feb 9 08:11:07.338: Vi6 IPCP: O CONFREJ [REQsent] id 0 len 10
1643203: Feb 9 08:11:07.338: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryWINS 0.0.0.0 (0x840600000000)
1643204: Feb 9 08:11:07.338: Vi6 IPCP: O CONFNAK [REQsent] id 1 len 28
1643205: Feb 9 08:11:07.338: Vi6 IPCP: Address 172.17.0.129 (0x0306AC110081)
1643206: Feb 9 08:11:07.342: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryDNS 172.17.2.10 (0x8106AC11020A)
1643207: Feb 9 08:11:07.342: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryWINS 172.17.2.10 (0x8206AC11020A)
1643208: Feb 9 08:11:07.342: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryDNS 172.17.1.2 (0x8306AC110102)
1643209: Feb 9 08:11:07.342: Vi6 IPCP: O CONFACK [REQsent] id 2 len 34
1643210: Feb 9 08:11:07.342: Vi6 IPCP: CompressType VJ 15 slots (0x0206002D0F00)
1643211: Feb 9 08:11:07.346: Vi6 IPCP: Address 172.17.0.129 (0x0306AC110081)
1643212: Feb 9 08:11:07.346: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryDNS 172.17.2.10 (0x8106AC11020A)
1643213: Feb 9 08:11:07.346: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryWINS 172.17.2.10 (0x8206AC11020A)
1643214: Feb 9 08:11:07.346: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryDNS 172.17.1.2 (0x8306AC110102)
1643215: Feb 9 08:11:07.350: Vi6 IPV6CP: I CONFREQ [Not negotiated] id 0 len 14
1643216: Feb 9 08:11:07.350: Vi6 IPV6CP: Interface-Id 0218:41FF:FEAC:A676 (0x010A021841FFFEACA676)
1643217: Feb 9 08:11:07.354: Vi6 LCP: O PROTREJ [Open] id 3 len 20 protocol IPV6CP (0x80570100000E010A021841FFFEACA676)
1643218: Feb 9 08:11:07.354: Vi6 IPCP: I CONFACK [ACKsent] id 1 len 16
1643219: Feb 9 08:11:07.354: Vi6 IPCP: CompressType VJ 15 slots CompressSlotID (0x0206002D0F01)
1643220: Feb 9 08:11:07.354: Vi6 IPCP: Address 172.17.1.1 (0x0306AC110101)
1643221: Feb 9 08:11:07.354: Vi6 IPCP: State is Open
1643222: Feb 9 08:11:07.362: Vi6 IPCP: Install route to 172.17.0.129
1643223: Feb 9 08:11:07.362: Vi6 IPCP: Add link info for cef entry 172.17.0.129
1643224: Feb 9 08:11:07.370: Vi6 CCP: I CONFACK [ACKsent] id 1 len 10
1643225: Feb 9 08:11:07.370: Vi6 CCP: MS-PPC supported bits 0x00000001 (0x120600000001)
1643226: Feb 9 08:11:07.370: Vi6 CCP: State is Open
1643227: Feb 9 08:11:07.490: Vi6 IPCP: I CONFREQ [Open] id 1 len 34
1643228: Feb 9 08:11:07.490: Vi6 IPCP: CompressType VJ 15 slots (0x0206002D0F00)
1643229: Feb 9 08:11:07.490: Vi6 IPCP: Address 0.0.0.0 (0x030600000000)
1643230: Feb 9 08:11:07.494: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryDNS 0.0.0.0 (0x810600000000)
1643231: Feb 9 08:11:07.494: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryWINS 0.0.0.0 (0x820600000000)
1643232: Feb 9 08:11:07.494: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryDNS 0.0.0.0 (0x830600000000)
1643233: Feb 9 08:11:07.494: Vi6 IPCP: Ignoring predicted packet, state is Open
1643234: Feb 9 08:11:07.530: Vi6 IPCP: I CONFREQ [Open] id 2 len 34
1643235: Feb 9 08:11:07.530: Vi6 IPCP: CompressType VJ 15 slots (0x0206002D0F00)
1643236: Feb 9 08:11:07.530: Vi6 IPCP: Address 172.17.0.129 (0x0306AC110081)
1643237: Feb 9 08:11:07.534: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryDNS 172.17.2.10 (0x8106AC11020A)
1643238: Feb 9 08:11:07.534: Vi6 IPCP: PrimaryWINS 172.17.2.10 (0x8206AC11020A)
1643239: Feb 9 08:11:07.534: Vi6 IPCP: SecondaryDNS 172.17.1.2 (0x8306AC110102)
1643240: Feb 9 08:11:07.534: Vi6 IPCP: Ignoring predicted packet, state is Open
1643251: Feb 9 08:11:08.114: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface Virtual-Access6, changed state to up

Posted February 9, 2009 by benryanau in Cisco, Microsoft

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Windows Vista UAC delay (workaround)   Leave a comment

They joys of consent.exe – User Account Control – stealing your life, one dialog box at a time

A while ago I really started to get sick of the extended delay whenever Vista kicked up a UAC prompt. The delay was between 2 and 10 seconds depending on power management settings (eg throttled CPU on Power Saver profile took longer). So I poked around with ProcMon from Sysinternals to see what was going on.

All I could really see was a heap of registry access related to the audio subsystem, culminating in a "Beep" when the dialog box is finally presented.

So, I stopped the Windows Audio service. Lo and behold – INSTANT UAC PROMPT!

Now if you can explain this, I’m all ears. If you can reproduce this behaviour, I’m even more interested. Needless to say I’ve been running for a while now with no audio… when I get around to it I’ll try Norton’s beta UAC replacement tool – http://www.nortonlabs.com/inthelab/uac.php

BTW don’t turn off UAC. UAC isn’t just a dialog box and a beep – it has a whole shedload of stuff happening in behind the scenes (registry and folder virtualisation, process-sandboxing etc). If you turn it off, you will probably regret it at some point, as well as being less secure.

Posted February 3, 2009 by benryanau in Microsoft

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