Windows Vista ROI Calculator

Here is an excellent tool which helps companies determine the potential benefits and return on investment from implementing Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Enterprise developed by independent company called Alinean Inc.  http://www.alinean.com/microsoft/vistavalue/microsoft_Vista_Calculator.html  

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2c Release

  Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2c has released to manufacturing and will be available to system builders in September 2007. Critical Action Item:System builders who use imaging must create new Windows XP Professional images with Service Pack 2c when shipping Service Pack 2c product keys; otherwise end users will not be able to…

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Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager

If you are using USB keys to boot WinPE, you should take a look at this tool.  One thing that I have observed is that it boots the USB key much faster.  It also has a lot of configurable settings and it works on a great deal more USB keys than formatufd. Here’s the link…

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Using Windows Vista Computers in a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network

A great question was asked during one of the SBS online study group which was “How do I join Vista systems to an SBS environment?”  We decided to write a step by step article with screenshot on what you need to do to join a Vista system to an SBS network.  This article includes patching the…

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Windows Vista Deployment Center is Live!!

It’s been in the works for a while and now we are proud to present the Windows Vista Deployment Center. It may seem strange to think about it this way, but the OEM System Builder Technology Team has worked hard to make deployments simple, or at least simple for you to understand. And with the…

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Disaster Recovery in Small Business Server 2003

The SBS 2003 Backup Wizard is a great tool to be sure that all of your customer’s data gets backed up, including user data, SharePoint, the Exchange database, and more. Join Sterling Jones of the US System Builder Technology Team (aka BOB), and you’ll be armed and ready if and when disaster strikes.   Article:…

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Hey System Builders, the Windows Vista Deployment Center is here!

Hello everyone! The Windows Vista Deployment Center is finally here. The comprehensive site, designed to save you money by showing you how to reduce the time to deploy Windows Vista, includes step by step procedures for deployment, customization, WinRE, and much more.  Here is the URL:  http://oem.microsoft.com/script/ContentPage.aspx?pageid=77 or http://oem.microsoft.com/opk  

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Updated Windows Vista OPK Documentation

This documentation release is an English-only update and includes revised content that addresses the following: Known issues Workarounds Information from published addenda to the OPK The update consists of the following files: OPK.chm Unattend.chm Revisereadme file The .chm files replace the English release-to-manufacturing (RTM) OPK.chm and Unattend.chm files. Instructions for replacing the RTM .chms with…

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Hotfix Resolves Windows Vista Sysprep Fatal Error

When running the System Preparation tool (Sysprep.exe) on a Windows Vista-based computer, a fatal error may occur. An update for Windows Vista resolves this issue. Available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems, the update can be applied to all language versions of Windows Vista.   http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpage.aspx?PageID=562037  

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Windows Vista Hardware Compatibility

You can find a list of compatible hardware for Vista at http://winqual.microsoft.com/hcl.  This link is a list of hardware that has past the Windows Hardware Quality Labs testing and are certified. We also released the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool.  This is an inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that will find computers on a network…

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