Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 Beta

The new public beta for Windows Vista Hardware Assessment has been released and you can go sign up and download the beta from the Microsoft Connect website. What is Windows Vista Hardware Assessment?  I’ve covered this before (see here for all the detail) but in essence this free app allows you to automatically scan your…

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Windows Server 2008 Podcast

Powershell is an object orientated scripting language which is extensible and is the foundation admin tool for Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007.  One of our MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) talks about Windows Server 2008 in particular powershell and virtualisation on this Technet radio spot.  WMA | MP3 High | MP3 Low (25…


XP SP3 later this year?

Just speculation, but upon closer inspection of the announcement of the agreement between Microsoft and Juniper networks, this little excerpt slipped out: “Microsoft is announcing that Windows Vista supports this protocol today and Windows Server® 2008 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will support it as well later this year.” According to the official…

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Vista: Microsoft IT share experiences and best practices

Being an earlier adopter can sometimes be painful because you have to do a lot of the learning and path finding on your own.  Microsoft IT are the best example of early adopters and it’s good to see they are sharing their experiences with the rest of us so we can learn from their mistakes…


The Vista Deployment Den

Something I’ve been crafting for the last couple of weeks is a one stop shop for all your deployment resources and information.  Well here it is, the Vista Deployment Den! Most recent additions include: Vista Driver Compatibility Assess your Hardware the easy way! Software inventory and app compatibility testing the easy way! I’ll be updating…

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BDD version 3 Workshops

  We are pleased to announce the new Desktop Deployment Planning Services Readiness (BDD v3) Workshop for partners. Duration 4 Days Cost £400 4 Deliveries in H2 Technologies & Products used during the course User State Migration Tool 3.0 Windows Vista Deployment tools WinPE System Image Manager Windows AIK ImageX Business Desktop Solution Accelerator (BDD)…


Partner Opportunity: Vista and Office 2007 Deployment

If they haven’t deployed already, businesses are starting to think about deploying Windows Vista and Office 2007.  Microsoft Partners have a great opportunity to provide deployment services for these new technologies and do so in a repeatable, process-driven manner.  The Business Desktop Deployment Accelerator (BDD) provides tools, resources, guidance with which any business can plan…


Daylight Saving Time Support Update

Support Assistance:Microsoft has implemented worldwide procedures to provide customers and partners no-charge support for DST assistance. Check them out below: Premier 1. For technical support at no-cost contact the local Microsoft Customer Support: 1-800-936-3100 (U.S.) or visit the support site for an international listing of phone numbers, or contact a TAM for opening a case. …


Free Vista Deployment Summit

The training maestros over QA-IQ are running a free Windows Vista Deployment Summit at Microsoft UK HQ on April 18th.  There is capacity for 120 people but, as always, the tickets are going very quickly.  The summit will feature Jason and Keith from the Deployment Center of Excellence Team and a keynote from Gary Corcoran (Infrastructure…


IIS7: a whole load of hosting goodness

The IIS website over at www.iis.net has had a revamp in the wake of the Vista launch which of course comes with IIS7; the latest and greatest version of Internet Information Server.  One of the things that I like about IIS7, apart from the new management console, is the fact that as an application developer…