Vista Q&A With Mark Russinovich Now Online

A few weeks ago I posted an entry with some information on a web cast being held with Mark Russionovich around Vista and deployment.  Mark was joined by a group of experts and IT Pros who have already deployed Vista and they took your questions throughout the sessions.  You can view a snippet below or....

.... you can view the entire 90 minute video and take a listen based on the experiences and expertise of IT pros.  Watch it and let us know what you think!  Your comments are always appreciated.

Comments (2)

  1. Perri Poirier says:

    The 90 second clip sounded more like an ad than an objective discussion on Vista implementation, therefore I had no desire to watch it. Right Now I have my hands full in trying to get Vista to wakeup for a 3AM defrag on an HP machine released 6 months AFTER Vista! (and yes I have wake from sleep for this scheduled task turned on as well as SP1 installed!)

  2. Rodney Buike says:

    Hi Perri,

    Thanks for your comments.  I agree the video does sound like an ad because it is, it is an ad for the video 🙂  I do encourage you to listen/view it as there is some great information in it but understand if you don’t.  If not perhaps a podcast recorded with a local company on how they’ve managed to get going with Vista and Office 2007 interests you?  In that case check out the podcast Ruth recorded at

    On to the technical portion of this reply….

    In the past, defrags were something that needed to be scheduled during periods of inactivity because of the performance impact it had on the computer.  The same could be said for AV scans as well.  Running one of those caused even the most powerful machine to slow to a crawl.  The reason?  Both these tasks consume an incredible amount of disk I/O, leaving the rest of the system waiting for disk access.

    This has changed in Vista with something called Prioritized I/O.  The ability to add priority to disk I/O now allows you to run the defrag or the AV scan while the user is using the system with minimal impact.  If the application supports this, its I/O requests are given a low priority and when normal disk access requests are made, they take precedence over the lower priority requests (your defrag).  The only requirement is that the defrag tool or the AV scanner supports prioritized I/O.  The Vista defrag tool does and I encourage you to try it out and let me know what you think!  If you are using a third party tool, check with the vendor for an updated version that can leverage this new change.

    Rodney Buike

    IT Pro Advisor

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