Windows Deployment Services and x64-based Systems

The Federal team is a big fan of Windows Deployment Services (WDS). We have used WDS for large scale deployments, but we recently ran into a problem using WDS to install x64 builds of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Beta 3. We imported the boot.wim and install.wim files from the x64 media into our…


Windows Vista wins GCN Best of FOSE 2007 Awards

At FOSE, the annual government IT conference at the DC Convention Center, Windows Vista was awarded GCN Best of FOSE Awards in the software category. I’ve been at the event Tuesday and Wednesday and it has been great to meet all the people genuinely interested in Windows Vista as well as our new Office 2007 product…


How to setup the Key Management Service on Windows Vista

This blog post outlines the process to setup the Key Management Service setup on a Windows Vista system. The Federal Vista Team would like to thank Joel Yoker for providing this content. Those of you not familiar with the new Volume Activation 2.0 scenarios may want to read for some background on this technology. 1.      …


Install times for Vista RC2 (from DVD)

Last week Vista RC2 (build 5744) was released. This week I spent some time testing RC2. One interesting aspect to testing Vista is seeing the different installation times. With RC2 I was seeing sub 20 minute installs from DVD, so I did some more thorough testing with RC2. The details of those tests are shown…


Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals

Check out the link below for a great set of Windows Vista documents. Note that many of these were recently updated.   Here’s what’s available: ·         Deploying Vista Step by Step Guide.doc  (195 KB) ·         Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step by Step Guide.doc ( 150 KB) ·         Managing Roaming User Data Deployment…


How to create a custom Vista DVD

The steps below outline how to create a custom Vista DVD. The idea here is that you can manually install one Vista machine with all your software and settings, and then easily capture an image to install other machines very simply. If you have more than one machine to setup with Vista, then this is…


New Windows blog and much more

I would like to point out a new Microsoft Windows blog that recently came on line called Shell Revealed. There is a blog section as well as forums, downloads and galleries. I think it is great that the core UI design team has started this channel of communication. Also, as most of you know, we…


Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Aaron over at the IEBlog posted a great compilation of IE 6/7 keyboard shortscuts back in February, but with the recent availabillity of IE7 Beta 3 I thought this would be a good time to remind people about it. Enjoy! Cheers, p.


"…best version of Windows ever"

It’s hard keeping track of what is being written about Windows Vista in various media outlets but I would like to take the opportunity to point to a recent article from Computer World called 20 Reasons Why Windows Vista Will Be Your Next OS. I think it hits on the key points why Windows Vista…


Two+ Weeks after Beta 2

First off, I need to apologize for not having any new content up here in a while, but with the release of Beta 2, we’ve been swamped here internally. All things aside, someone on the team should have found the time to post before now, but that said, I’m posting now. It’s been two weeks…