Using special characters in Microsoft Deployment Tool (model name)

Currently we are working at a customer to set up a new environment.
To make this as easy as possible we are using the Microsoft Deployment Tool (MDT)

This will make it very easy to install computers with a new OS and the correct drivers.

However when the targeted computer uses the special characters like “/” in the WMI hostname, MDT runs into problems as the MDT workbench doesn’t allow special characters like “/”

The specified new name must not contain special characters

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Windows 8.1 “No terminal server license servers available”

After a couple days of using Windows 8.1 I suddenly got an error when connecting with Citrix or a normal remote desktop session. Both the applications gave the error that there were no terminal server license servers available, which prevented me from connecting.

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Outlook 2010 Calendar reminders not working anymore in a Citrix environment.

Recently we encountered the problem that one of our customers weren’t getting any calendar reminder pop-ups. As there were only a few people that had this problem we had to figure out what was causing this.

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Remote Desktop with 1366×768 resolution

Since I got my new laptop (XPS 14z) I’ve been running into the following annoying problem.
When I minimalize my full screen remote desktop session it’s not possible to maximize it back again.It would maximize to a window size smaller than my monitor so I have to scroll to see everything from my session. Especially when you got multiple sessions and quickly want to check some things on your local computer this can be really annoying.
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Getting Metro-Apps on your Windows 8/Server 2012 desktop

In the new Windows 8 or Server 2012 it can be annoying  to switch back en forth to be able to use the Metro-apps. So why not make a shortcut to use the Metro-apps directly from your desktop.

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