Windows Client Roadmap

Today a letter from Bill Veghte, Senior VP of Windows at Microsoft, has gone out to all Windows customers about the “end of sales” date (June 30) for Windows XP and what that means as well as an update about Vista and Windows 7. You can read the full letter here. I’ve outlined some of…

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The Case for UAC

Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) feature has been much maligned by users and IT professionals alike who say the prompts are too frequent and annoying and that most users will simply click through without reading, much less understanding, what each prompt is trying to warn them about. The motivation behind UAC is to correct what…

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Release of SP1 to the Public and More Vista Deployment Resources

We’ve been talking quite a bit about various aspects of Vista on the IT Manager Connection blog as well as the Canadian IT Pro blog – aspects such as configuration, deployment and the impact of service pack 1. SP1 became available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers a few weeks ago, but today the big announcement…

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A Small Business Rolls Out Vista and Office 2007

        Alan is the top IT guy (as well as the only IT guy) for a small vibrant company call AGSI located in Hornby, Ontario, just west of Toronto. I visited him at their funky new office location earlier this week to talk about his Vista and Office 2007 deployment project. He’s…

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Did You Miss It?

Earlier this week, on March 5, Mark Russinovich got together with a panel of experts to talk frankly about deploying Vista, answering questions live on-line from those watching the webcast. They discussed adoption experiences, the user access control (UAC) feature, application compatibility (including shims and the application compatibility toolkit (ACT)), hardware requirements, performance, drivers, image…

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Still Undecided About Vista?

Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday, March 5th. The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark will be independent industry experts and IT pros from organizations that have already deployed Windows Vista—all openly discussing known challenges,…

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Managing a Smooth Windows Vista SP1 Deployment

Earlier this month, both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 were released to manufacturing (RTM), which is great news for IT shops that have been working with beta versions and are eager to get the released code. However, there has been a bit of extra noise in the blogosphere particularly about the delay between…

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Exposing Vista Myths and Making Deployments Easy

Perhaps easy in the title should be replaced with easier. After all, deploying a new desktop operating system is still not as simple as a mere push of a button and it’s still not a job to give to your grade school nephew. Easy is a relative term. However, with each new desktop operating system,…

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Making Messy Deployment Projects Simpler

Desktop deployment is often thought of as the ugly step child of IT projects. It’s much messier than server deployment. There’s less control over what’s really out there, more unknowns. Before coming to Microsoft, I made good use of all the free deployment tools that Microsoft made available to help make things a little less…

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Waiting for SP1?

The announcement went out today that Windows Vista SP1 beta will be released in a few weeks to a select group of beta testers and that it’s expected to be released to manufacturing in the first quarter of 2008. You may be thinking, “Great, I’ve been waiting for SP1 before planning my Vista deployment”, and there have been times in the…

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