Windows 7 Quick Tips for the Enterprise

Set Network Location: The set network location doesn’t work when a workstation is joined to a domain. The reason for this is that the domain settings take precedence over all other network location settings. The assumption is that the network will have its only security settings.

Run As Administrator: This option will not work for domain users as you obviously will not want them running anything as administrator. My offsider seemed to insist that I had “locked it down too much” whenever he couldn’t do things like run cmd.exe as administrator. You need to Ctrl – Shift Right Click and Run as Different user then use a domain admin or equivalent account to do what you need to do.

Bitlocker: Make sure you setup bitlocker so it stores the HDD encryption keys in AD. This can only be done with Windows Server 2008 and above.

Open command window here: Windows 7 natively can open a command window at any location when browsing in Windows Explorer. While the hitting tab when in a command window to auto complete at command is great, this just might cut a couple of seconds and lot less typing when needing to dill down deep into a file structure.


About Phill McSherry
Phill McSherry has been working in the Australian IT industry for over 20 years and is the technical manager and solutions architect for managed services provider Titan Solutions -

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