Lots of Vista-related tools posted for download today

 Virtual PC 2007 Link to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 VAMT – a tool for doing proxy MAK activation and analyzing groups of machines for VA status. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) Finally, these were online last week but not officially announced until today.  KMS for 2003 and the MP for KMS. Key Management Service (KMS)…


Windows Easy Transfer Companion (Beta)

This looks really interesting.  I will be testing today.  Windows Easy Transfer Companion enables you to automatically transfer your most important programs from your Windows XP-based PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. This way you can become productive on your new PC as soon as possible. Easy Transfer Companion is designed to be used…


Adding manual customizations to your BDD image capture

I recently worked with a school district to walk through a full setup and capture using BDD.  This was a really nice experience for me since in technical sales you sometimes spend too much time talking about a solution and not enough time working with it to flush out the details and questions that only come…


And we’re back!

The download for WAIK had been offline.  It is back now!  Link to Download details: Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)


Inject PowerShell in to your offline Vista image

The Windows Automated Installation Kit includes pkgmgr.exe to inject packages and drivers to offline images.  “Packages” loosely means the updates that Microsoft releases, usually through Windows Update.  I believe there are partner initiatives underway to deliver 3rd party packages as well.  Technically the tool works with updates you download from Microsoft as .MSU files and contain .CAB files…

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Longhorn Server WDS – multicast? YEAH BABY!!!

Looking over the TechNet master OPML this morning and came across this post.  This has been a major ask from customers in education, especially those who deploy and manage computer labs.  Earlier this year I submitted a long list of customers in education who specifically have asked for this feature, I’m not saying I was…


My Vista autounattend file template

This is an answer file I use to demonstrate an unattended setup with Vista Business/Enterprise.  First off, please do not copy this file verbatim with hopes of using it in mass deployments.  There are settings I have cleared or set generically so you need to populate them on your own.  I am posting this template to assist everyone who…

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25+ Vista deployment tricks

Next week I’m going on the road to visit schools in Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas back to back to back.  I’m about to hop on a conference call with a peer to discuss the agenda.  I’m thinking about abandoning the slide deck (I hate slides) and creating a tips and tricks type demo.  I…


SMS 2003 OSDFP Update – Start your engines!

 So, I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon…  🙂  I put off testing this in beta as I tried out different setups of WDS and NAP.  I suppose it’s time to bring my SMS VHD back online! Link to SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack Update


Great screencast on Vista deployment!

So, I am planning a couple of additional Education FAQ write-ups.  The next on my list is BitLocker, I just haven’t done the work yet.  I am also planning a write-up on deployment that is specific to Education.  In the mean time, I found a great screencast by Keith Combs if you would like to…