Windows Vista Performance (the sequel)

Windows Vista with SP1 (and some tweaks) is faster than Windows Server 2008. Since my last post on this topic, I’ve been doing my homework. On my laptop Vista was always quicker than Server, but I have found some very useful information (most of which has already been or will be covered on the Springboard…


Windows Vista Performance

I’ve been talking to a few people recently who are using Windows Server 2008 as a workstation.  Some of their comments are along the lines of:  “Server 2008 has the same code base as Vista SP1, how come it feels quicker?”. Interestingly there doesn’t seem to be a good answer (yet).  I’ve been shown a…


Windows Vista SP1 anyone?

Well it took its time, but it’s here now.  Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released To Manufacture (RTM) last Monday (4th February).  It’s now available everywhere except Microsoft Update. You can download it from TechNet, MSDN, Licensing or Connect (you’ll need a login to the last two). There are still a few driver related…


Deploying (or about to deploy) Vista and/or Office?

We have a couple of FREE events coming up to help you. Belfast (Jan 22): Click to register.Dublin (Jan 21): Click to register. The content has been put together by consultants who are doing this work on a daily basis, so it is “real-world” material that you’ll see if you attend. Agenda is as follows:10.00…


Springboard – Windows Vista TechCenter

I came across this today (Springboard). Looks like it’s pretty much everything you’ll ever need to get your Windows Vista deployment project kick-started.  Everything from why you’d want to move to Windows Vista in the first place, through overcoming your application compatibility issues, all the way to exactly how to deploy it. Enjoy, Dave.


Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.1 Released

I just found out that we release an updated version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator yesterday – and haven’t made any ‘noise’ about it (we seem to be pretty good at ‘stealth marketing’). What is WVHA? WVHA is a scalable agent-less assessment tool that integrates information from multiple network sources and assists customers…


VHD Test Drive Program

I’ve been telling people how they can download pre-configured, 30 day evaluation copies of Microsoft (and Partner) software from – well, looks like it’s finally taking off.  You can now download: Windows Server 2003 R2 Windows Vista Exchange Server 2007 SQL Server 2005 ISA Server 2006 System Center Essentials 2007 Visual; Studio 2005 Team Suite…


Windows Recovery Environment

I’ve got some time on my hands (I’m at home not feeling too well) and decided that I’d spend a bit of time setting up the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) on my laptop.  I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, as I want to enable BitLocker (and be able to recover my data if…