Document your AD Topology (incl OU’s and Exchange 2000/2003) automatically in Visio

The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (ADTD) tool is now available for download for free from the Microsoft Web Site at the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb42fc06-50c7-47ed-a65c-862661742764&displaylang=en&tm#Overview This is a tool that up until recently was only available to engineers in MS Premier. Apparently, it was also available on the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 resource kit. To…

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Useful new Application Compatibility resources

Application compatibility is one the most important challenges faced by organizations when deploying new operating systems. It’s very important we provide the information and resources that people need to identify and resolve application compatibility challenges. With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has also provided many tools and resources to reduce the time, cost, and…

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Quickly get up to speed on how & why you should roll out Vista easily

We’ve just released a new TechCenter on Technet – www.microsoft.com/technet/springboard. This site is aimed at IT professionals and intended to help offer the right tools, processes and guidance to deploy Vista easily. There are monthly articles, links to all relevant collateral, and sharing of community best practices. It is all about helping remove the pain of…

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Rolling out Vista with Microsoft Deployment (formerly BDD2007)

Recently, I’ve been working with a large international customer on a short project, helping them upgrade their desktops globally to Vista. The customer requirements were as follows: Deploy Vista to both existing XP workstations and to new (bare metal) computers Deploy to both 32-bit and 64-bit machines Provide support for 5 languages (English, Japanese, Korean,…

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Release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator

Unified Tools and Guidance for Desktop and Server Deployment Automation. Download it today! We are pleased to announce the official release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator! Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Microsoft Deployment, the fourth generation deployment accelerator, enables deployment of servers and desktops. Its tools and…

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Microsoft feature set posters. Windows 2008, Exchange 2007, SQL 2005

We have produced a number of detail rich posters which provide a useful feature reference for new features and functionality in Windows 2008 (OS / AD), Exchange 2007, and SQL 2005. They are available for download in PDF format at the locations linked below. · Windows 2008 and Active Directory · First poster provides a…

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Management tools for Windows – Upcoming releases

The purpose of this post is to announce two upcoming releases of management tools for Windows, Group Policy Preferences and the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows Vista. As you may know Microsoft acquired DesktopStandard last year and, along with some fantastic people, we obtained GPOVault and the PolicyMaker family.  GPOVault has been updated…

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Announcing the Infrastructure Planning and Design Series and New Releases for Virtualization!

The concept of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series is to distill down to the core decisions required for planning and designing the IT infrastructures necessary to support business services. The first wave of released guidance introduces the series and focuses on new virtualization technologies from Microsoft, including SoftGrid Application Virtualization and Windows Server…

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Some Useful AD Scripts

Here are some useful scripts that I came upon as a result of a recent project I worked on. Most of these scripts had already been written and were available for download of the web – some of these we took and changed to fit the requirement. Always test these or any script in a…

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Manually Deploying Windows 2003 SP2 – Approach

We recently worked on a project with a customer to help deploy Windows 2003 SP2 to their server environment which consisted of approximately 180 servers. Some of their servers were at SP1 but the majority of the servers were sitting at SP0. The purpose of our involvement was to outline best practices in tackling such…

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