Sysprep tip from POC today

Today I was working with a public school district on sysprepping workstations running Vista Business.  We found with the Dell gx520 we had to uninstall the Soundmax audio drivers before sysprep would complete successfully when using generalize.  Good to know if you’re working on a similar issue. Posted after midnight but I’ll give myself credit for…


Remotely provide a key to Vista and activate

In the past I’ve mentioned slmgr.vbs.  I just used it to remotely provide a key to a workstation and activate it.  It was very simple.  The syntax took me a couple of tries but here it is – slmgr.vbs machinename domainname\username password -ipk PID This first step will provide the machine with a key.  Substitute…

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Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms Learn 21st-Century Skills

This looks really promising and I hope it is eventually developed for academic classrooms worldwide.  I can most certainly see how it could expand learning opportunities across fewer PCs. Link to With Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms Learn 21st-Century Skills: The solution underscores Microsoft’s commitment to innovating ways to help people in emerging markets – especially children –…


Best of luck to all students finishing finals this week

 A sincere good luck to everyone finishing out the semester this week.  Seems like just yesterday… Link to The Student Tablet PC » Blog Archives » Happy finals, everyone Great info on the Student Tablet PC blog on study tools.


More Windows Live™ services sneak out on Virtual Earth; New Microsoft.com

Virtual Earth keeps drawing my attention.  Seriously, have you seen the features they’ve been adding?  I noticed they now have a wifi hotspot locator.  The only thing I don’t see is a way to submit new hotspots, for example it lists the UPS store in my area but a St. Louis Bread Company (Panera) opened…

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Vista Trick #1 – Open Control Panel applets from the Start Menu

I’ve got blog fodder for months to come.  In fact, I’m about to take some time off for vacation so I may get several written ahead of time so I can post each morning with only editorial responsibility.  🙂 This is a trick that has already saved me a lot of time.  There are a…

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It’s a beautiful day

No really, it’s unbelievable outside today.  I’m going to take my phone and dog and  take my next conference call outside on a short hike.  Then I’m going to meet a friend and hit some bike trails… Link to This is Vista – Time to get Vistafied… : Vista: Shadow Copies However, I’m not falling…


Using Vista to backup your Email

I had a really interesting discussion today.  I enjoyed a side conversation with a customer in higher education who works within a smaller department that leverages a centralized Email solution.  The central solution offers a relatively low amount of storage so most of the users in his department use PST files to store mail long…


Staging Vista for network installation using setup.exe

I’m working through all the different scenarios I anticipate schools will leverage to stage and deploy Vista.  This is probably the simplest.  You just take a Vista DVD and copy setup.exe from the root as well as the “Sources” folder and everything in it to share.  You can replace the install.wim file within the sources…


Screencast 1 – Using ImageX to Mount a WIM

As an experiment I have recorded a short screencast on ImageX and published it to Soapbox.  I recorded the screen capture using Media Encoder and then narrated the audio in Movie Maker.  Overall the experience was very simple.  This session is quite brief and covers several of the things I have written about in the…