No, just kidding 🙂 But for those of you who closely watch every new download from the Microsoft download center, you may have noticed that the BDD 2007 download (available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=62043) shows a new date, June 21. So what exactly changed? For those of you with good memories, you may remember that there used to be two downloads, an x86 MSI and an x64 MSI. Now, there are two new documents available:
- Quick Start for BDD 2007. This under-20-page document provides a walk-through of installing and configuring BDD 2007, getting you to a point where you can do your first Windows Vista deployment.
- Windows Vista Deployment Tools Overview. This document describes each of the Windows Vista deployment tools and where they fit as part of an end-to-end deployment process.
So check them out and let us know what you think.
Are you more visually oriented? Don't like step-by-step guides and want to learn by seeing? Then you want to check out the videos that Richard Smith posted on his blog:
These go through a time-compressed version of the whole process, cutting out all the parts that take too long, but not skipping any of the steps involved -- just notice that progress bars go by very quickly 🙂
We want to do more of this type of content for the next version of BDD (being developed now): step-by-step guides, checklists, video walkthroughs, etc. If you have any additional suggestions on what you'd like to see in the BDD documentation (or anywhere else in BDD for that matter) let me know.