Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 5.5 – ready for download

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations and upgrades. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and application information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather…


TechEd Europe 2010 – Day 1

Early Bird Gets the Worm TechEd Europe 2010 kicked off today in Berlin, Germany.  My brain decided the conference needed to start at 4:45am Berlin time Monday and there was no convincing it to go back to sleep.  I think that’s like 9:45pm Sunday Dallas time. I knew right then I wasn’t going to last…

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RemoteFX Step-by-Step Guides

Microsoft RemoteFX on a Remote Desktop Session Host Server Walks you through the process of setting up a working Remote Desktop Session Host that uses RemoteFX and is accessible by using Remote Desktop Connection in a test environment. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d90e841f-d84c-4746-b0f3-3c16e71d1ed1 RemoteFX for Personal Virtual Desktops Walks you through the process of setting up a working personal…


Windows Automated Install Kit (WAIK) – published again with new languages in WinPE

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.  The WAIK was re-published to the download center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=696dd665-9f76-4177-a811-39c26d3b3b34.  Looks like the only thing that was added were some languages to Windows PE. [UPDATE for…

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Windows 7: Best of Deployment Compilation by Guest Blogger Jeremy Chapman

Windows 7: Best of Deployment Compilation By Jeremy Chapman I like all types of music and with almost any successful musician there comes a time when they take their best tracks and create a “Best of” album. This is not only great for people who want all of their music in one place, but also…

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Jedi X-Wing Spacecraft Picture Snapped by Hubble

The Hubble telescope took some interesting pictures the past few months.  This looks like Luke’s X-Wing warping through the galaxy to me. See the full story at http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/34/image/a/.


SCVMM Virtual Machine Servicing Tool v3.0 – now available for download

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure. This Solution Accelerator includes the following components: Brief Overview. Available online only on Microsoft TechNet. Summary…


System Center v.Next – eval program signup now available

The Microsoft® Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for participation in the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program (CEP). The goal of this program is to provide early adopters a streamlined approach to evaluating Configuration Manager v.Next. For customer and partners who want to efficiently manage implementation, test…


Creating a SteadyState like Windows 7 Environment

Windows SteadyState does not support Windows 7. However, many of its features can be replicated by using native Windows 7 features and free tools from Microsoft. This document is intended primarily for IT pros who configure shared-computer access in business environments, but partners who support shared-computer access in schools, libraries, and Internet cafes will also…


Have a Windows 7 case mod to beat this?

That’s right.  This Jag has Windows 7 under the hood. See the full article at http://www.stanceworks.com/?p=9316.  Jeremy Chapman (owner) plans a Windows Server upgrade with SCCM so he can deploy images via WIFI.  Ok, that’s just in jest but you never know with the Deployment Man of Microsoft.