Archive for December, 2012

MCSA Windows Server 2008

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment

With all the changes Microsoft made to their certification program & with me earning the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 I have also earned the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification.


With Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8 Microsoft stopped using the MCTS & MCITP titles & went back to using MCSA & MCSE. However, instead of those meaning Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator & Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer they are now Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate & Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Click here to get more information on the Microsoft Certification program.

See the link below for a good write up on all the name changes.



MCITP Enterprise Administrator

December 22, 2012 Leave a comment

There it is!




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Passed the Windows 7 Exam (70-680)

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

I passed the 70-680 Windows 7 exam the other day!


Now Microsoft just needs to update my records so that it will show the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification.



Change the Windows 7 Logon Background

December 20, 2012 1 comment

Warning: This post deals with editing the registry. If you don’t know what that is stop right here & ask someone else to help you. Using the registry incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Use the registry at your own risk.

Pick the image you want to use & save it so that it is 250KB or less. ( is a great photo editor.) Name the file backgroundDefault.jpg. Copy it to C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds. Create any folders in that path that do not exist.

Open regedit & browse to HKLM\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background. Create a REG_DWORD called OEMBackground & give it a value of 1. Close regedit.

Now lock your session & you should see the custom background. No reboot needed.


You can also use a GPO instead of editing the registry. Browse to Computer Configuration>Administative Templates>System>Logon & enable Always use custom logon background.

VMware Player Expired License

December 12, 2012 6 comments

When opening VMware Player it says, “Expired license” in the title bar. Lower down in the application it says, “Your evaluation license has expired. To continue commercial use of this product, purchase a license.”


This can happen if you install VMware Workstation then unistall it after the trial expired.

To resolve the issue open regedit & browse to HKLM\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Workstation & delete the value. Now when you open VMware player the message will be gone & will say, “(Non-commercial use only)” which is what the free version sould say.


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MalwareBytes Update

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment
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