Cleveland and Columbus, OH: LAUNCH (1/23/2007 and 1/25/2007)

Good Afternoon Columbus and Cleveland! First off THANK YOU for coming to launch! We had over 1200 Ohio IT Professional in the both cities, 1251 to be exact! That is an incredible turn out and again I cannot thank everyone enough!

After the Launch in Cleveland I had the great pleasure to spend some time with Dan Hanson, the Great Lakes Geek, and had a brief interview located here: So check out Dan’s site and let me know what you think!

We had a great day and we had a lot of questions and without any more delay here are the questions. Enjoy and comment if I missed any or if you need more information!

Again thank you so much for coming out to the launch and Columbus..."O H"...

Q: What are the different versions of Windows Vista and what are the differences?
There are 5 different versions that will be available to all customers, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Ultimate. Here is a great reference page:

Q: When does Windows Vista Enterprise release?
Enterprise should be available by the end of the month if it is not available today. I was unable to find any information about the topic. However, I do know Windows Vista Enterprise is available only to Volume License customers who have PCs covered by Microsoft Software Assurance. I would recommend contacting your account executive to get exact dates and costs.

Q: How are login scripts distributed via group policy effected in Windows Vista?
I have had this question come up a few times. What happens is with some login scripts you run into the User Account Control (UAC). You can get around this by using the launchapp.wsf….take a look here: . The launchapp.wsf script works by postponing the running of the logon script until the logon process is completed.

Q: What are compatibility considerations with Access 2000 to Access 2007?
Access 2007 supports the Access 2000 .mdb file format in most cases, you only need to install Access 2007 and open your Access 2000 databases. Then you can then use the database as you would use an Access 2007 database. However, Access 2007 includes many new and useful features (such as attachments and multi-valued fields) that require the new .accdb file format, so you should use the new file format whenever possible. If you continue to use the .mdb file format, you cannot take advantage of those new features. To migrate from other previous versions of Access take a look here:

Q: How is Cisco working with the Unified messaging role in Exchange 2007 server?
There looks like there is some great already being done for Cisco Call Manager versions 4.1 and 5.1. There is some preview configuration PBX data up on the site. Take a look here for information:

· Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging PBX Configuration Note for Cisco Call Manager 4.1 (Preview)

· Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging PBX Configuration Note for Cisco Call Manager 5.1 (Preview)

Q: How do you extend the hub transport to support anti-spam?
By default the edge is the only roll to have anti-spam. However, you can run a command shell script "install-antispamagents.ps1" This will install all the agents on the hubtransport so you can configure the anti-spam features. Take a look here to learn more:

Q: Where do I learn more about the decision to go all 64-bit for Exchange 2007?
The interview was done by a teammate of mine, Michael Murphy.  It is located here:

Q: What are the main differences between Exchange 2007 Standard and Exchange 2007 Enterprise?
There are a few differences between standard and enterprise. For example standard can 5 unlimited stores while enterprise can have 50 unlimited stores. Enterprise also has support for log shipping via local continuous replication and clustered continuous replication. For a list of all the differences take a look here: .

Q: Can you change the default message on over the limit mailboxes?
Yes you can change the default the message. You can modify the parameter via the Exchange command shell. You will need to use the cmdlet set-systemmessage. Take a look here for more information on the parameters:

Q: Can you use variables to configure disclaimer messages i.e. have a consistent signature?
Yes, you can. You will need to configure the disclaimer via the command shell to accomplish. There is a great resource on all the ins and outs of the disclaimer text and working with the hub transport. Take a look here:

Q: Is there an adminpak.msi for Windows Vista?
You can install the adminpak on Windows Vista, however you will have to follow this KB to make it work:

Q: Is there a migration path from GroupWise to Exchange 2007?
Unfortunately I do not believe there is are any tools built in to assist with the migration. The GroupWise connector is no longer supported in Exchange 2007. One way to work with that is to migrate the email via the connector to Exchange 2003, then migrate 2003 to Exchange 2007. There are several partners that can help with this resource. To find a partner to help you take a look here:

Q: Where can I find migration guidance for Lotus Notes to Exchange 2007?
There is some great information location here: . The biggest challenge in a Notes Migration is going to be applications and databases. Make sure you do some analysis of your applications before migrating. Take a look here for more info:

Q: How does ForeFront integrate with Small Business Server (SBS)?
I was not able to find anything that would allow an install the server on the SBS server. However, I did find some successful references to installing ForeFront on a separate server and deploy it as a you would in a single server environment.

Q: Where can I find information on the Windows Vista Activation?
There is a great article on Windows Vista Activation and Technical guidance:

Q: Where is the download for the Office 2007 File Format Converter add-in for Office 2003?

Q: Can you use a video as the background of PowerPoint 2007 template?
Unfortunately I was unable to find a way to do this in PowerPoint 2007.

Q: Is there a Business contact manager for Office 2007?
Yes, there is some good information here:

Q: Where is some information on how to customize the ribbon in Office 2007?
there are three articles that discuss customizing the ribbon located here:

· Customizing the Office (2007) Ribbon User Interface for Developers (Part 1 of 3)

· Customizing the Office (2007) Ribbon User Interface for Developers (Part 2 of 3)

· Customizing the Office (2007) Ribbon User Interface for Developers (Part 3 of 3)

Q: What client OS’ will the ForeFront client run on, can ForeFront be implemented in a heterogeneous environment?
The ForeFront client is designed for the Microsoft Operating Systems. Unfortunately there is no native support for the heterogeneous systems. So we rely on our extensive partner ecosystem whose members develop numerous products to protect other operating systems, as well as applications like Oracle and SAP. In keeping with our belief that the major customer challenges are in the areas of integration and management, Microsoft is driving our partners to integrate with Microsoft-based infrastructure products such as Active Directory, MOM, and SMS, as well as Internet standards such as WS-Management that will enable system administrators to simply and efficiently manage their network security whether the solution is an all-Microsoft solution or a heterogeneous solution. I pulled this off the FAQ here:

Q: How are the speech profiles stored and how do you transfer them to another PC?
This article gives some great information on how speech works and where the profile comes into play: . This is part of the Users profile and should be able to moved with the User State Migration tool.

Comments (4)

  1. bakes says:

    I attended the IT Executive Track…and I was VERY IMPRESSED.  Thank you!  I have to admit, as a IT Director for a fairly good sized company, I was more worried about Vista than excited.  Your entire presentaion, from the look to the content, has set my mind at ease.  Bring on the WOW!

  2. Matt Hester says:

    Thank you very much for the great comment.  We are very glad that you enjoyed the event and we look forward to seeing you next time we are in town!  Email if you have any questions you need answers to!  Again thank you for the kind words!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! Thank you to everyone that attended the launch events across the nation! Personally I want

  4. ziv says:

    Dear Matt,

    I have a problem with logon script in vista to map networks drive. I have followed your suggested article for using launchapp.wsf.

    There I found exactly the problem I was having and the solution. Unfortunately the script is faulty. I copied and paste it in notepad. and saved it as launchapp.wsf. But every time it runs I get an error message:


    Windows Script Host


    Script: \dc1staff$ZShadarlaunchapp.wsf

    Line: 114

    Char: 2

    Error: Syntax error

    Code: 800A03EA

    Source: Microsoft VBScript compilation error




    I get the same result if I run it from the GPO or manually.

    I will appreciate any help.


    Ziv Shadar

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